ALPS, STELVIO. LAKES, COMO.

ALPS, STELVIO. LAKES, COMO.

Wind|Water

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ITALY

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12 - 19 Jul 2019

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Approx. US$4,626

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AU$6,422

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GBP£3,696

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€3,950.00

START LOCATION

BORMIO

END LOCATION

BELLAGIO

DAYS

8

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

75KM | 47MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1900M | 6200FT

Classic Italian cycling in one tour. Ride the Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and Ghisallo plus Muro di Sormano if you dare!

Join us for some Giro d'Italia favourites in two fantastic destinations, the Italian Alps and Lake Como. We base ourselves in Bormio for the all time, legendary Stelvio, ascending both sides as well as ticking off Foscagna, Gavia and Mortirolo passes. We then transfer by bike to Lago di Como and the impossibly beautiful town of Bellagio. From there you ride the Tour of Lombardy's Colle del Ghisallo and the Muro.

This is an epic week of riding with top notch accommodation and delicious food for fuel, so you're ready for each day's adventure. Sprint to secure your spot on this very limited version of this tour!

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHS | DINNERS | GUIDES AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | MECHANICAL SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING JERSEY, BIB-KNICKS, SOCKS | DAYPACK | BIDONS | LAUNDRY SERVICE FOR CYCLING KIT | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE FRI 12 JUL | WELCOME DAY TWO SAT 13 JUL | BORMIO LOOP DAY THREE SUN 14 JUL | BORMIO LOOP TO LIVIGNO DAY FOUR MON 15 JUL | PASSO DELLO STELVIO! DAY FIVE TUE 16 JUL | BORMIO TO SONDRIO DAY SIX WED 17 JUL | SONDRIO TO BELLAGIO DAY SEVEN THU 18 JUL | GHISALLO LOOP DAY EIGHT FRI 19 JUL | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL MALPENSA DEPARTURE MALPENSA

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €3,950.00 | SINGLE ROOM €4,550.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE FRI 12 JUL | WELCOME

A morning group airport transfer to our Alpine base in Bormio. On arrival check-in, make yourself comfortable and we'll confirm your bikes are all set-up. Enjoy a light, Welcome Lunch and Tour Introduction, followed by an easy afternoon ride to get the body moving again after travelling. There is a climb, of course, but we'll spin up for the impressive view from the top. Welcome to the Italian Alps!
DISTANCE | 30KM | 19MI
ELEVATION | 800M | 2600FT

DAY TWO SAT 13 JUL | BORMIO LOOP

Today you have the choice of one climb or two! First is the solid climb to Bormio 2000, the ski resort conveniently located 1952 metres above the town which regularly hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup. This is followed, if you choose, by an out and back to Passo Gavia, a strikingly, scenic climb with a mirror lake at the summit.
DISTANCE | 35KM & 53KM | 22MI & 32MI
ELEVATION | 1650M & 1400M | 5400FT & 4600FT

DAY THREE SUN 14 JUL | BORMIO LOOP TO LIVIGNO

Excellent day out as we ride both sides of the Foscagna and Eira passes on our visit to Livigno. This little town enjoys duty-free status so we'll give you time for shopping after lunch. Even a ride home in the van if you go overboard, and want to rest before tomorrow!
DISTANCE | 75KM | 48MI
ELEVATION | 2000M | 6500FT

DAY FOUR MON 15 JUL | PASSO DELLO STELVIO!

It's all been leading up to this! A truly magnificent loop, with the challenge of riding all three sides of the Stelvio. We'll support you all the way. Pace yourself up the 'easier' side from Bormio, and then relish the descent down the Umbrail Pass into Switzerland. A scenic valley downhill, before we commence the deceptively, gentle start to this long ascent beside a bubbling stream and alpine pastures. It then get serious as you count down the legendary 48 hairpins to the ski station at the top. After lots of photos, descend into Bormio and soak in the thermal baths of this spa town.
DISTANCE | 102KM | 63MI
ELEVATION | 3200M | 10500FT

DAY FIVE TUE 16 JUL | BORMIO TO SONDRIO

Almost a rest day - it's all downhill. Well, except for the Passo Mortirolo. The stage of epic battles to win the Maglia Rosa in the Giro d'Italia, Marco Pantani still holds the record for the fastest ascent. You can put all your energy into this fabled climb, before enjoying the last kilometres with panoramic valley views of the vineyards in the Valtellina.
DISTANCE | 95KM | 54MI
ELEVATION | 2000M | 6500FT

DAY SIX WED 17 JUL | SONDRIO TO BELLAGIO

Definitely an easier day, as it really is all downhill to Lake Como, and even includes a ferry ride. Enjoy the flat, tempo riding and gorgeous lake views as we arrive at our final destination, bella Bellagio.
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 500M | 1650FT

DAY SEVEN THU 18 JUL | GHISALLO LOOP

Epic day for our final ride. Not necessarily because it's long or high, but because this is hallowed cycling territory. The last big pro race of the season, the Tour of Lombardia always climbs the Colle del Ghisallo. It is an interesting ascent, with sections that are short and steep, downhill, undulating and fast. The tiny chapel of the patron saint of cyclists, Madonna del Ghisallo, has notable memorabilia of fallen cyclists and there is a very good cycling museum to wander through. If you're up for it, you can also test you mettle on the daunting Muro di Sormano. Celebratory dinner to wind up a brilliant week of cycling.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 47MI
ELEVATION | 1800M | 5900FT

DAY EIGHT FRI 19 JUL | GOODBYE

Morning group transfer to Malpensa. Time to say farewell, until next time.
Ride safe, Punto's!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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