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    Lake Como | Stelvio | Lago Maggiore | Italy


    Milan Malpensa Airport


    8 Days | 7 Nights
    30th May – 6th June

Our Tour Highlights

2018 Lake Como | Gran Fondo Cycling Stelvio Santini Tour

Lake Como, Madonna Ghisallo Chapel, Wall of Surmano | Passo’s Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo | Lago Maggiore

Photo Credits – MATTEO CAPPE

Welcome to Milano, Italy

and the lake Como | Granfondo Stelvio Santini tour.

Italy is like our second home, we’ve spent much of the last ten years running cycling trips here. We love everything about Italy, it’s cycling, it’s food and it’s passion for “la dolce vita”.

Our lake Como | Granfondo Stelvio Santini trip, provides the perfect mix of challenging rides in the Italian mountains, participating in the Granfondo Stelvio Santini, riding the lake regions of Como, Lago Maggiore, mixed with a cultural and culinary Italian experience.

We ride legendary routes used in Giro d’Italia in the Granfondo Stelvio Santini including the Mortirollo and finish with the beautiful climb up the Stelvio Pass.

From our Lake Como base we ride a loop to the church of the patron saint of cycling, the Colle del Madonna Ghisallo and the wall of Surmano.

In Lago Maggiore we ride the stunning lake roads, cross into Switzerland and climb some super picturesque roads and show you many of the famous Giro d’ Italia and Tour of Lombardy “The race of the falling leaves” routes, climbs and descents in this stunning part of Italy.

We’ll show you the smaller roads and stay in charming chic Italian hotels.

May / June is a beautiful time to visit and ride in Italy.

Our Como, Stelvio Gan Fondo trip is led by our experienced team who’ve been hosting trips to Italy for many years and know how to get the best out of your riding, Granfondo experience, in a safe, supported and team like experience.

The Granfondo Stelvio Santini is Sunday 3rd June. This is a brilliant way to experience Italy with a full immersion into Italian Cycling by participating in the Stelvio Gran Fondo.

Italy it’s a country practically born and raised on two wheels, the terrain is almost purpose-built for cyclists who love lakeside roads, panoramic climbs, and sweeping views, any wonder Italy is regarded as cycling’s birthplace.

Our Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 – Wednesday 30th May

Airport pick up: 7.30am, Milan, Malpensa.
Trip start: 9am Assemble bikes (at pre trip Airport hotel Milan, Malpensa.)
Ride: 11am Malpensa/Cardano il Campo, Verese, lake Como 75km/100km
Overnight: Como hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – Thursday 31st May

Ride: Como – Belaggio – Madonna Ghisallo Chapel of Cycling  – Wall of Sormano Loop 70km/95km
Overnight: Como hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Friday 1st June

Transfer: Como to Ponte di Legno
Ride: Passo Gavia, direction Bormio  50km/90km
Overnight:  Bormio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Saturday 2nd June

Active recovery day
Morning, Mini Stelvio, Lago Cancano 40km/65km.
Afternoon: visit local thermal pools, race briefing
Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Sunday 3rd June

Ride: Stelvio Gran Fondo. Three distance options 60km, 140km, 150km
Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Monday 4 June

Active recovery day after Stelvio Gran Fondo
Ride: Depart Hotel, Bormio descending valleys ride 50km.
Transfer: Lago Maggiore
Overnight: Lago Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Tuesday 5th June

Ride: Ride to Switzerland for Coffee and a famous Revella sports drink – Lake Ride, return via the 2016 Giro d’Italia mountains route above Lago Maggiore 50km/100km
Overnight: Lago Maggiore.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner.

Day 8 – Wednesday 6th June

Ride: Depart Hotel Lago Maggiore to Milan Malpensa/Cardano al Campo pausing for coffee at the beautiful lakeside hamlet of Orta san Guilio, Lago d’Orta 30km/50km/90km
Meals: Breakfast
End of Tour: Milan, Malpensa Airport or Aiport Hotel.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Lake Como, Granfondo Stelvio Santini tour, Italy 2018.

Ciao Pat and Grace

Granfondo Stelvio Santini Information

The Passo’s Mortirolo and Stelvio are two of the most beautiful climbs in the world that echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi and Marco Pantani. During the Giro d’Italia 2012, a single stage saw the peloton take on both of these legendary climbs for one of the most brutal days of the race. Now for the sixth time, the Grandondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to pit yourself against these legendary climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons cycling has ever known.

There are three routes on offer – short (60km), medium (137.9 km) and long (151.3 km).


60km, 1950m of ascent
Bormio – Sondalo – Bormio – Stelvio


137.9km, 3053m of ascent
Bormio – Teglio – Bormio – Stelvio


151.3km, 4058m of ascent
Bormio – Teglio – Mortirolo – Bormio – Stelvio


Years of Experience


Tours Completed


Trip Guests


Cycled on Tour


Hotels Visited

What Makes Us

Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.


One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

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