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And... if it rains?

In case of bad weather, the decision to confirm or not the program is always up to the guide. He will inform the guests of the possible changes the evening before the tour. In the morning, the guide will make his decision by evaluating if there are adequate weather conditions to ride safely without excessive risks.

If the tour cannot be taken, H&B will propose its guests some excursions, for some of which an additional extra cost may be required.

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Lake Como Bike Experience

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  • Day riding: 4
  • Group size: from 2 to 6
  • Total distance: approx 300 Km (190 miles)
  • Total elevation: 3000 mt (9850 feet)
  • Biggest climbing day:
    Saturday (Ghisallo and Muro Tour), 2180 mt (7150 feet)
  • Start Location: Hotel Asnigo - Cernobbio (CO)
Itinerary

WARM UPDay 1 / Wednesday

After the bikes are given to you, we leave for our first ride: just 30 km, on the Regina state road that runs on the lake shore. While we are riding we’ll get to know each other, but it’s also time to understand if your bike is all right and it works the way you want. If anything needs to be fixed, ask the guide. Since tomorrow we will get serious…

• Benvenuti a Como.
• 2 pm: guest check-in, meeting with the H&B staff and room allocation.
• 3 -4.30 pm: bicycle assignment and individual set position with the assistance of our staff.
• 5.30 pm: “Giretto” bike test, towards Moltrasio and Clooney summer villa. 30 km. Set your riding position.
• 7.15 pm: video presentation of tour 1, planimetry and altitudes analysis, tourist sites and landscape and historical attractions.
8.00 pm: cyclists group dinner at the Asnigo Restaurant

BELLAGIODay 2 / Thursday

Length: 65 km (40 miles) Riding time: 3 – 4 hours Elevation: 500 mt (1600 feet) Difficulty level 2 (of 5)

It’s an easy route, totally developed on the lake shores. Just some short and easy climbs, mainly in the first part, from Como to Bellagio.
We start by passing through the city of Nesso, and we arrive in Bellagio, one of the most beautiful and characteristic towns of Lake Como.
We take a look at Villa Melzi and it’s the time to get a very special cofee or capuccino in a typical cafè. Then we load our bikes on the ferry to cross the lake to Tremezzo.
Riding toward Como along 30 kilometers of flat land, soon we can admire Villa Carlotta. A few kilometers later a turn on the right will take us on an easy climb to an historical site which marked the end on World War 2:  in April 1945, right next to the gates of Villa Belmonte, Benito Mussolini and his partner Claretta Petacci were captured and shot by partisans while he was trying to escape by disguising himself as a German soldier.
We continue through Argegno and later we arrive at Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s lake residence. After a short climb, we arrive at Villa d’Este, a luxury hotel today, and before arriving back to Como we ride past Villa Erba and Villa Olmo.

• 8.00-10.00 am: breakfast
10.30 am: tour 1 departure, BELLAGIO. Short rest, light lunch and espresso coffee, then return to the hotel at 3.30-4.00 pm
5.00 pm: guests services available: solarium and swimming pool, physiotherapist on request
7.30 pm: video presentation of tour 2, planimetry and altitudes analysis, tourist sites and landscape and historical attractions.
8.00 pm: cyclists group dinner at the Asnigo Restaurant

LARIO E CERESIODay 3 / Friday

Length: 100 km (62 miles) Riding time: 4.45 – 5.30 hours Elevation: 990 mt (3250 feet) Difficulty level 3 (out of 5)

This easy tour takes us to Swiss territory to discover Lake Lugano, also called lake Ceresio.

After a few kilometers from our Hotel we reach the border. Right after we cross the border a gentle hill take us to Mendrisio and we rapidly reach Riva San Vitale, and soon after we are in Lugano, where we ride along the beautiful and pristine lakeshore.
We head towards Porlezza and we turn left to avoid the busy state road 340. We pass Carlazzo and in Gottro we can enjoy the view of the small but quaint lake Piano from the hill. We climb gently and the road takes us to Naggio, where we can visit the eighteenth-century church of “Madonna Addolorata“.
We quickly descend towards Menaggio, where we stop for coffee in a wonderful piazza next to the lake.
We cross Tremezzo keeping once again on our right Villa Carlotta and its gardens. During the last 30 km there are many other opportunities to see magnificent places such as Lenno and its Gulf of Venus, or Comacina Island, Ossuccio with its XII century bell tower and the small church of Santa Maria Maddalena.

• 8.00-10.00 am: breakfast
10.30 am: tour 2 departure, CERESIO. Short rest, light lunch and espresso coffee, then return to the hotel at 3.30-4.00 pm
5.00 pm: guests services available : solarium and swimming pool, physiotherapist on request
7.30 pm: video presentation of tour 3, planimetry and altitudes analysis, tourist sites and landscape and historical attractions
8.00 pm: cyclists group dinner at the Lido di Cernobbio, italian pizza tasting.

VALLE INTELVI OR OVER THE TOP: “Il Ghisallo” and “Il Muro”Day 4 / saturday

VALLE INTELVI

Length: 80 km (50 miles)  Riding time: 3.5 – 5 hours  Elevation: 1500 mt (4750 feet)  Difficulty level 4 (out of 5)

This is a tour which takes us to discover Valle Intelvi through small towns and suggestive scenery.

Starting from our Hotel we ride past Cernobbio and very soon we reach Moltrasio, with it’s houses perched on the hill. We continue on a lake side road “the 640”, called “Regina” in honor of Teodolinda queen of Longobards from 589 to 616 A.D.
In Argegno and turning to the left, we tackle our first hill of the day. An easy six-kilometer climb to get to Schignano. After a few kilometers of gentle slopes, we start riding up to Erbonne, a village from the pre-roman age, which still has 7 residents today.
Then, some kilometers to arrive at Pigra. From here we can enjoy another beautiful panorama.
A long descent will take us back to Argegno and we go back to Como following the same route.

OR AT YOUR CHOICE

OVER THE TOP: “Ghisallo” and “Il Muro”
Are you ready to tackle the impossible?

Length: 85 km (52 miles) Riding time: 4.5 – 5.5 hours Elevation: 2180 mt (7150 feet) Difficulty level 5 (out of 5)

The route you are about to take on is the last part of “Lombardia”, the challenging competition which every professional cyclist dreams of winning. The climbs and the overall difference in height are significant and challenging. Strong legs and good athletic condition is needed to complete this tour. We are here to help you tackle this challenge in every way we can.
It takes one hour to  reach Bellagio. Here we stop for coffee and we prepare our legs to take on our first serious climb: The legendary Ghisallo. At the top the small church and the monuments dedicated to cyclists are worth a visit.
A quick downhill road takes us through Lasnigo, where the “Wall” (il Muro) waits for us  
We ride through the town of Sormano and then we find a crossroad on our left with direction to the start of the merciless 1700 meter climb which will take us to the “Colma”. The incline is 17% on average, with peaks at 25%, with a 280 m. climb. Riders who aren’t in the mood to face it, another easier climb takes 4 km to reach the top.  After a well-deserved rest we start the descent which takes us back to the lake shores.. We get back to Como after following the lake shore for 15 km.

  • 8.00-10.00 am: breakfast
  • 10.00 am: tour 3 departure, Valle Intelvi, or GHISALLO e MURO. Short rest, light lunch and espresso coffee, then return to the hotel at 4,00 – 4.30 pm
  • 5.00pm: guests services available: solarium and swimming pool, physiotherapist on request
  • 8.00 pm: dinner (non included in the package)

CHECK-OUTDay 5 / Sunday

  • until 10.30 am: breakfast
  • 11.00 am: check-out. End of services
What's included
  • 4 nights at Hotel Asnigo **** Cernobbio, standard double room with FB treatment, with the exception of Saturday dinner, which will be at your choice . The room can be occupied by two members of the Experience, or by a single rider and his non rider companion. whose price will be reduced.
  • Light lunch and soft drink during the bike tour.
  • Pinarello Paris 2021 disc (or Scott Adicted e-bike with an additional cost); If the guest uses his own bicycle, the rental cost will not be charged.
  • Bike position fitting.
  • Daily laundry service for cycling clothes.
  • Daily bike cleaning and maintenance.
  • Short sleeve Nalini cycling jersey made in Italy.
  • Zerosbatti insurance and legal assistance.
  • Excursions in case of bad weather.

Prices do NOT include:

  • Wine dinners Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Saturday’s dinner.
  • Extras ordered by the guest at the hotel or during the tour.
  • Airport transfer: ask us!
Prices
  • Package pirce 1800 Euro per person in double room. Extra price in single room 150 Euro.
  • Price for non rider guest 800 Euro.
  • Price reduction for riders with their own bike 140 Euro.
  • Possibility for additional nights according to hotel availability, before or after the H&B Experience program.
  • Some excursions (organized by H&B in case the bike tour is not carried out due to bad weather conditions) may involve additional costs.
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