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The Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy) 2014

3rd to 6th October 2014

The Tour of LombardyThe Giro di Lombardia or Il Lombardia is a one-day race which tours the Lombardia region in Northern Italy.

In autumn time in Italy, the falling leaves and inevitable showers announce one the toughest cycling classics. With its winding roads and steep slopes of 14% maximum, the Giro di Lombardia also known as the 'Classic of the falling leaves' is pro cycling season's grand finale.

The century-old race in the Italian hills surrounding Lake Como has been won by Italian cycling heroes Coppi, Bartali and Moser. And also legends like Merckx, Hinault and Kelly made it to the podium.

Visit the race and capture the soul of this legendary Italian bike race. Visit the famous climbs and taste the atmosphere among Italian cycling fans enjoying their monumental meals and espresso while waiting on the road side to catch a glimpse of the riders.

Joaquin Rodrigues won the 2013 Giro di Lombardia. For the Katusha Team climber this is the second consecutive triumph in the Gazzetta Classic race after his win in 2012. Second at the end of the race's 242 km from Bergamo to Lecco came the other Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (at 17'') followed by the third placed Pole Rafal Majka (at 23''). "Purito" also earns first place in the UCI rankings, the list of the best riders of the world taking part in the events of the International World Tour.

Watch a short clip here about the race on YouTube.

Planned itinerary:

Friday the 3rd of October:
Fly to Milan and meet with our guides at Malpensa airport. Transfer to Lecco where we spend 3 night on bed and breakfast basis at the Hotel Lungo Lago. Briefing on next day’s ride.

Saturday the 4th of October:
Supported ride with minibus and mechanical back up. Packed lunch or restaurant lunch. Evening free in Lecco.

Assistance with putting bikes together (they should be transported in a box or bag on the plane). After breakfast, ride the middle sections of the Giro di Lombardia 2014 which include:

  • The Valcava climb (9.6km long at 9% and at an altitude of 1336m)
  • The Muro di Sormano begins just after Maglio; although it is only 2km long it is vicious, thanks to its 15% average gradient, narrowness, and 25-30% grade hairpins that make up the middle of the climb.

Sunday the 5th of October - Il Lombardia 2014 - Start in Bergamo and finish in Lecco
For those with bikes, we will go to watch the race along various vantage points. Alternatively, you can make use of our minibus transport to watch the race. After breakfast ride to the Ghisallo, after which we ride back to Lecco to watch the finish.

In the evening we will return to the hotel in Lecco.

Monday the 6th of October:
Depart after breakfast back to Milan airport

Bike hire:
Bike Hire OptionsWhere we do not offer our own bike hire fleet, we can introduce you to a number of local bike hire companies who may be able to provide you with a bike for the duration of your trip with us.  Please note, Sports Tours International cannot accept any liability for any booking you make with a third party supplier.

In Italy we have teamed up with Veloce Bike Rental, one of Lonely Planet's "Top 5 of all Things to Do in Europe", to offer you bike hire in Italy.  Veloce offers a range of bike categories to suit every need, from the top end road bikes through to E-Bikes and hybrids. Not only does this make it easier for you to take part in some of the worlds best Gran Fondos and sightseeing trips (eg: Giro d'Italia), but it gives you a great opportunity to bring along your husbands, wives and children, who can hire a bike and discover the towns and countryside of Italy, while you are off competing.

Click on Veloce Bike Rental, to be directed to their website to discover the options available to you for your trip, quoting 'Sports Tours International' to let them know that you are on one of our trips.

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£529 per person, based on two people sharing a Twin room.
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room: £129

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

What's included:

  • 3 nights at the Hotel Lungo Lago in Lecco, on bed and breakfast basis
  • Free welcome drink and snacks
  • A sports Tours International cycling jersey
  • Packed lunches every riding day
  • Energy products each day (isotonic drinks, water, gels and energy bars)
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • Transfers for you and your bike to and from Milan Malpensa.
  • Daily minibus assistance along the route
  • The services of our Sports Tours representative

What's not included:

  • Your flights to Milan
  • Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
  • Travel insurance (Very important)

HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:
If you are a British passport holder visas are not required to enter Italy and you may stay as a visitor for three months. For links to General travel information, click here. If you are not a British passport holder please refer to your own country's rules for entry into this destination. For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page.
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