CLIMBERS WEEK

An epic week of riding Europes finest and most challenging ascents.

The truth is that the most memorable and life changing moments on a bike are found when riding uphill. Be it Giro d’Italia climbs ridden by the greats or climbs so bereft of traffic you will wonder how places like this still exist. Lombardia offers it all and it is no secret that this is where pro’s old and new come to train and challenge themselves. The variety of climbs and the amount of mountains on the door step of your hotel make this a play ground for the cyclists that is looking for a holiday that challenges the legs and inspires tired minds. A chance to get away, escape and loose yourself in the paradise that is Lombardy. We have hand picked our accommodation, routes and support team to make show this is a cycling holiday with less fuss, more riding all enjoyed in the safe hands of our Grand Tours Stage Winner Daniele Ratto.


Package Highlights

  • Ride Montecampione. Where In 1998 Pantani’s and Italy’s love affair peaked.

  • Passo Mortirolo. There is a reason why Armstrong described this epic climb as the hardest of his career.

  • 15,000m of vertical climbing in 6 days of riding.

  • Ride part of the 2019 Giro d’Italia Queen Stage. Lovere, Presolona and Passoni Vivione.

  • Passo Crocedomani. The climb that the local say is harder than Passo Stelvio. 22km of vertical climbing to reach 1800m.

  • Essentials: Stronger legs the better
  • Duration: 6 nights | 7 days
  • Dates 220: 10-16 June | 2 - 8 September
  • Max Rider: 12
  • Non Rider: Welcome
  • Price: €999

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Arrive

  • FLY INTO:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • MEETING LOCATION:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • MEETING TIME:

    14:00PM

Depart

  • FLY OUT:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • DEPART LOCATION:

    Milan Linate Airport

  • DEPART TIME:

    14:00Pm


Day 1

Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Pisogne
Ride: 80km | 800m Climb

On arrival at the airport you will meet by one of our friendly staff and transferred towards the northerly tip of Lake Iseo. Pisogne is rightly considered to be one of the jewels of the crown of Lake Iseo. Hotel Capovilla the perfect place to ride from, relax and unwind after long travel.

For those hiring bikes we will be available to do a bike fit and make any adjustments that maybe necessary. Fitting pedals, lights, saddles etc is our work and not yours! In the late afternoon we will head off on our first ride around Lake Iseo with a short climb to Vigolo the perfect way to test the legs. The climb was used by Chris Froome often when he lived on the lake and indeed mentioned in his recent book.

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Day 2

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Pisogne
Ride: 95m | 1950m Climb

After a healthy breakfast and morning stretching session with Daniele we will take the road north up Valcamonica through many small villages before starting our climb at the pretty spa town, Boario Terme. Our satiation is Presolana which at 1200m is one of the smaller ski resorts in Lombardia. Popular with Milanese and visiting Swiss it is Presolona’s love affair with local boy Paulo Savoldelli and Giro stages which make the ride a must for any serious cyclist.

The decent from Presolana back down to the hotel is be enjoyed. Nearly 35km of pure adrenalin filled descending. The ride today typically takes 5 hours and you can look forward to plenty of time to relax and explore Pisogne before dinner is served once again in the hotel restraint.

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Day 3

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Lunch | Pisogne
Ride: 175km | 3950M Climb

Today is the hardest ride of the week. Four climbs that are sure to test the strongest of legs. We start by head north along the east of Lake Iseo, climbing Polavano, with spectacular views over Bergamo before descending in to Val Trompia. With the first climb behind us, heading north on the gradual climb up the Valley we take a sweeping left and ride spectacular Val Palot. But this is just the warm!

On arrival back on Lake Iseo we once again head north towards the high Alps. After 20km of relative flat we start the climb of the incredibly challenging and unforgiving Crocedomani. 22km of pure scent, no rest and certainly no prisoners. A stretch of gravel road without equal anywhere in Lomabrdia, a speedy descent and a further climb (from the other side) of Presolona. What day. Oh - and a gorgeous stop for lunch.

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Day 4

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Pisogne
Ride: 50km | 2500m Climb

A more leisurely start to the day as after breakfast overlooking Lake Iseo we give you time to observe Italian life, unspoilt by mass tourism and retaining a so much of what is good about life. Today’s ride is stunning. We head south away from Pisogne towards the wine region of Franciacorta. It is difficult to imagine two contrasting areas to cycle (Lake Iseo and Franciacorta). Within 10 minutes we leave the shores of the Lake and wind our way through endless vineyards boasting some of the most famous names in Italian wine production.

A challenge of the day is the wickedly steep San Fermo. It is Daniele’s opinion that this will be the hardest climb for the majority of cyclists joining us. The wonderful views and quiet roads will now be customary but will still leave you breathless. The ride back to the hotel is less challenging with a short punching 2km to finish.

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Day 5

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Pisogne
Ride: 185km | 3700m

Today is crazy hard. The fifth day of riding is often when cyclists suffer most and with Moritolo the destination this will be sure to be on your most memorable days on the bike. It isn’t easy to put in the words how challenging Mortirolo is, the classic side which we ride from Mazzo is world famous. Have a read below the words of Mark Cavadish..

“it’s Savage, f**king Savage unbelievably steep and it just goes on and on if you asked me to sum it up in two words I’d say “steep” and “long” actually make that 3 words “long” “steep” and “sick”

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Day 6

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Hotel: Lake Iseo | Hotel Capovilla | Pisogne
Ride: 85km | 800m

There is only one way to finish this most memorable week of cycling and that is how we started it. Conscious or tired lakes and need to have a less challenging we once again take the route around the lake. With plenty of time for coffeee and pictures tis is a day to celebrate the achievements of the week. As is customary with our tours the on the last evening we will have a short awards evening.

*those on a mission have the chance to ride Montecampione in the afternoon:-)

 
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Day 7

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Airport
Ride: N|A

All good things must come to an end and this morning with heavy hearts and emotional goodbyes we will transfer you to you next destination as agreed prior to your arrival.

 

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What’s included?

  • Private Transfers

  • 4* Accommodation

  • IBT Gift Bundle

  • Experienced team of professionals

  • Beautifully planned rides

  • Six Dinners

  • Some Lunches

  • Mechanical support

  • EX Pro Guide

  • Support Vehicle

  • Full off bike programme *email us for more details

What’s not included...?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Flights

  • Alcohol beverages


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Bianchi Bike Hire

We are delighted to be able to offer clients the opportunity to experience these bikes in the terrain they were built for. The Bianchi Aria offers both style and comfort. The handling in particular make it the perfect bike to hire to our clients looking for a responsive yet pleasurable ride.

Components:

  • Full Ultergra

  • 54-30

  • Wheels Vision Team 35 Comp

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Our Guides

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Danielle Ratto

Italy Bike Tours Head Guide. Grand Tour Stage Winner.

  • Age 29

  • Italian, Spanish and English

  • Rides a Supernova

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Alberto Tochella

Worked for Italy Bike Tours for three years. Much Loved.

  • 25

  • Italian, Bresciani and English

  • Rides a Specialize Tarmac


HOTELs Capovilla ****

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Hotel Capovilla, is an exclusive building born after a perfect work of restoration of an historic Hotel built in the early years of the 19th century. With outstanding views of Lake Iseo and The Alps coming as standard. The awarding winning restaurant a favourite of our staff.  

Hotel Capovilla

What a race, spectacular backdrop and brilliant organised by the Italy Bike Tours team.
— Gary M | Giro Lombardia 2018

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