Friday 6 October, 2023 : Travel to Como
Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Como today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Milan Malpensa airport at set times.
Our transfer will depart from Malpensa at 11.30am, please book flights that arrive by at least 10.30am to ensure you reach us by 11.30.
The journey to Como takes approximately 1 hour.
We are staying at the hotel B&B in Como. This is a basic but comfortable hotel with restaurants nearby. Your stay will be for 3 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis. You will have an early breakfast on Gran Fondo day.
For the evening meals we will suggest eating as a group at two restaurants nearby where hotel guests get a 10% discount. Il Birrificio di Como - www.ilbirrificio.it, or Pizza Garage - www.pizzagarage.it
What about my bike?
You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. We have Giant bikes available for the weekend from £140.
Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.
A gentle 60km cycle is available this afternoon led by our local bike guides. We will follow a lakeside route which is mainly flat to get you settled into things.
This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you.
Saturday 7 October, 2023 : Pro Race day
After breakfast, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the route of Il Lombardia. En-route we will watch the riders of the pro peloton as they take on the white roads.
We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon after watching the race for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow.
Hospitality at the start and/ or at the finish or a day on the course in an official race car are available to book today at an additional cost.
Sunday 8 October : The 2023 Gran Fondo Lombardia
You were able to see how the riders of the Men’s cycling elite handled the roads yesterday. Today it’s your turn. Ride the 111km with 1700 metres of climbing of the Gran Fondo Lombardia. The main difficulties on the route are the Ghisallo and the Sormano.
We will drive you to the start in Cantu and you can cycle the short distance from the finish back to the hotel.
START/FINISH: Cantù (CO)
TOTAL KM – 111,2 KM
ALTIMETRY – 1700 M
SIGN-ON OPENING: 06.30 am
START TIME: 07.30 am
TIMEKEEPING: Gran Fondo Il Lombardia uses the Official Timer MySDAM with a technology based on the use of “chips”. Every participant must have a valid personal chip or a one-day chip for hire. Information and use conditions about the chips are posted on the MySDAM website. The absence or the incorrect use of the chip will prevent the entrant from being part of the classification and from having his/her race time.
FEEDING ZONES: 2 along the route
TIME LIMIT: 7 hours – by 02.30 P.M.
This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel and you’ll also be able to return your rental bikes with us.
Monday 9 October, 2023: Departure
After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Milan Malpensa airport. We will depart Como at 08.00 for flights that depart after 1100am.