Il Lombardia Sportive and Race Weekend 2017 - October
Il Lombardia - The race of the falling leaves.
The final monument of the cycling season and one of our favourites. We usually visit each year just as fans but with the introduction of the 2017 Lombardia Gran Fondo we are using our extensive knowledge of the area to operate a fantastic cycling weekend.
We will transfer your bike and luggage to Italy so there's no faffing about with bike boxes or airline baggage fees.
The race route alternates the start and finish between Como and Bergamo each year. With the 2017 race starting in Bergamo our base in the picturesque town of Malgrate is not just perfect for riding out to see the race but also for the start of the sportive. We even pick up your sportive entries so they are waiting for you at breakfast before the ride.
Full details of the weekend can be found below and as always with any Polocini trip we limit rider numbers so you aren't herded around from place to place. There are no unnecessary transfers and our trips are planned to ensure maximum ride enjoyment.
We recommend flights to Milan Bergamo as this airport is closest to the race and sportive.
We offer collection at 11:30 or 17:30 on Friday 6th October. These times are perfect for flights from Stansted and Manchester.
Drop off on the Monday is to be arranged with early morning and late afternoon options depending on rider requirements.
Current flight costs are around £100 return with Ryanair from both Manchester and Stansted.
Luggage collection to be arranged.
FRIDAY 6th October: Collection from Milan Bergamo airport. Relaxing evening meal in Lecco. If you arrive into Bergamo early we have a perfect, almost flat coffee shop ride for you to spin out the legs and make sure your bike is running smoothly.
SATURDAY 7th: Race day. We will head out on a gentle ride with our Italian friends from a local cycling club to watch the race a few times, visit the Madonna Del Ghisallo and cycling museum. If the sun is out we will even visit one of our favourite ice cream parlours. Ride fuel will be a lunch stop of pizzas and espressos!
SUNDAY 8th: Lombardia sportive. 128km with 2000m this is a fantastic route which features some of the best roads from the race route. Details can be found HERE
MONDAY 9th: Option of a guided ride taking in the Valclava climb (9.6 km with a 9% gradient, max. slope: 17%, 1,336 m) and parts of the race route not covered during the sportive. Afternoon transfer to Milan Bergamo airport. We will also make a stop at one of our favourite bike shops.
Luggage return to be arranged but will be on or before 11th October.
We are staying in a fantastic four star luxury hotel. Rooms include a balcony view of Lake Como.
- Three nights of accommodation B&B only.
- Complimentary return bike and luggage transfer to Italy. Subject to collection point arrangement.
- Airport transfers from Bergamo airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Lunch, snacks and evening meals. Feed stations are provided during the sportive.
- Return flights to Italy
- Travel Insurance. We recommend Js Insurance who offer specific cycle insurance. Full cover is usually around £14 per weekend. Travel insurance is compulsory and we will request a copy of your documents before you travel.
- Entry to the Lombardia sportive. Details can be found HERE
COST £425 per person based on two sharing. If you are travelling alone we will room you with a fellow cyclist. Single rooms may be available at an extra cost.
AT TIME OF BOOKING A DEPOSIT OF £150 IS REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. To avoid cancellation the balance of your package must be paid eight weeks before the date of your trip - 05/08/2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07958 135 862 should you need any further information.