Get ready for the Stelvio.
Or cycle along the shores of Lake Como.
That sky of Lombardy, so beautiful when it is beautiful, so splendid, so at peace.
Lombardy is the region where you can find some of the most iconic places in the world of cycling, the ones that are in the dreams of the most convinced cyclists. Surely you have heard of these climbs or areas: Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia to name a few. Or Lake Como, to name another cycling paradise. This is why we consider cycling in Lombardy something serious, almost compulsory to try: cycling (not only Italian) was born here!
The history of the bicycle and that of this land are deeply linked: since the last century, Milan and Lombardy have become one of the European epicentres of bicycle production. Velocipedes, cycles and bicycles, both artisanal and industrial, departed from this region to the rest of Europe.
The Bergamo area is still home to some of the most important brands in the bicycle industry: Santini, Kask, Vittoria, Bianchi are just some of the names that warm the hearts of enthusiasts around the world.
Many famous races such as the Giro d'Italia, Milano-Sanremo, Giro di Lombardia begin or end here. Cycling is deeply rooted in culture and is part of tradition. Every city, even the smallest, has its own Gruppo Sportivo or Pedale or Squadra Corse, these are the common names for local cycling clubs. Many bars are meeting points for sportspeople and have a TV tuned to cycling races. Weekends are dedicated to group racing: it is the norm here, something that has been part of the people's heritage, part of our lives since childhood.
Geography has been very generous to us, the undisputed variety of roads makes us feel like we are in an amusement park: long and short climbs, as damn steep as the Mortirolo or as progressive as Selvino, even undulating and flat roads and coastal lake roads. Cycling is as delicious and valuable as choosing the right bottle of wine at the restaurant.
There are many reasons to cycle here, which is why we have a place in Lombardy, and in the perfect city for cycling: Bergamo. Our aim is to introduce you to secret roads, the best climbs, and the best little old towns during your cycling tours in Lombardy. Bergamo is no different with its flamboyant lifestyle off the bike: bars, restaurants, wine bars and pizzerias.
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Because it's not just cycling
Stelvio and Gavia are amongst the most famous climbs of Italy. Both are famous because they are connected to the history of Giro d'Italia and because they are two monster climbs. Stelvio from Bormio is a 20 km climb, even longer from the North side: with its 25 km and 48 hairpins we challenge you to find another climb like this! If Stelvio is the longest and highest climb in Italy, Gavia might be even harder because of its harsh slopes peaking at 18%. What we do love about these twin climbs is that you can include both in a less than 100 km ride. What we do not know is whether your legs will appreciate it!
The history of the bicycle and that of this land are deeply linked: since the last century, Milan and Lombardy have become one of the European epicenters of bicycle production. Velocipedes, cycles and bicycles, both artisanal and industrial, departed from this region to the rest of Europe.
The Bergamo area is still home to some of the most important brands in the bicycle industry: Santini, Kask, Vittoria, Limar, Bianchi are just some of the names that warm the hearts of enthusiasts around the world.
Lombardy is one of the largest regions in Italy, orography and weather conditions vary greatly in different areas.
The climate near the cities and around Lake Como is more stable and mild, which makes for a longer cycling season: from early spring to the end of September you can enjoy great rides.
As all cycling enthusiasts are used to say: the cycling season starts with the Milano San Remo (third Saturday in March) and ends with the Giro di Lombardia (second Saturday in October). In between, cycling is most of the time very enjoyable. Especially the lakes (Como, Iseo to name some) are great because the traffic is little and weather stable. The Alpine environment is of course very different and if you would like to know our views on cycling in the Alps, please take a look at the website area dedicated to cycling the Alps.
Geography has been very generous to Lombardy, and the undisputed variety of roads makes it similar to an amusement park: long or short, steep or gentle climbs, gentle hills, even flat routes on the shores of lakes. Choosing a place to ride is like choosing a chocolate from the box: it is difficult to decide which is the best place because there are so many delicious options.
In the northern part of the region we have the iconic high mountains and all the passes and peaks celebrated in the history of the Giro d'Italia. In the eastern part there is another exciting area with the three main lakes, of course Como, Ceresio and Maggiore. The Lombard lakes are very touristy areas, the upside is that there are many hotels and the level of accommodation and services is excellent. The downside is that on the beautiful, narrow roads that run along the lakes or up the surrounding hills the traffic is critical at certain times of the season, especially in summer. We use these beautiful areas for our tours and, of course, select the best routes and the best period or days to ensure the best cycling experience.
Our bike centre is located in Bergamo, perhaps one of the best bases for everyday cycling: you can cycle for more than a week without repeating the same route. The area is beautiful, the roads are perfect and the city is highly recommended for a fixed stay: there are some major climbs not far from the city centre and the city is vibrant with its welcoming atmosphere and it is no problem at all to choose for the after-ride as Bergamo is not at all shy with bars, restaurants, wine bars and pizzerias.
Lombardia is very well connected to Europe and to most International airports. Bergamo airport, Orio Al Serio (BGY), has multiple daily connections to most Eu airports. Bergamo airport is just 7 km from the city center, and of course from our bike center. It’s the perfect landing airport to reach the main mountain cycling destinations in the North of Italy and to the Lakes and also to reach the Dolomites (3 hours by car).
Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the airport of choice for transcontinental flights. It is 90 km easth of Milan and 110 km far from our bike center. Malpensa has daily flights to/from US, Asia, Africa and Europe of course.
Tarmac condition may vary depending on the area, but generally road surface is in between excellent and fairly good. Although roads are not pool tables like in Switzerland, we keep them well maintained, especially after our rigid winters. The same for traffic, some months (July/August) are off limits due to being an extremely touristic area, like Lago di Como. Of course it is that time of the year when prices get more expensive and hotels have less availability.
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