Italian Lakes Cycle

Italian Lakes cycle challenge 2019

Join team BASIC at this year's Italian Lakes cycle challenge. Cycle through the hills and along the water by day and spend your evening by the Lakeside sampling the famous Italian hospitality.  


To register for the 2019 Italian Lakes bike ride please complete the booking form at the bottom of the page.

Event Details

The Italian lakes cycle is a four-day multi-stage cycle, covering around 320 miles, from Milan around the lakes of Northern Italy. 

Day 1: Arrive in Novara

On arrival in Novara you can check into the hotel and spend your free-time (flight times dependent) exploring the hotel spa and amenities. You will meet the crew at registration together with the details fo the first days cycling. Your bikes will have arrived safely in advance and will be ready and be waiting for you to start your challenge. As participants will be arriving throughout the day and evening, tonights evening meal is not included. 

Day 2: Novara to Stresa (80 miles) 

Heading straight out into the countryside from the hotel you can warm up your legs along flat, winding country roads, as we head north toward the Lakes and mountains before a long sweeping downhill run that takes you to the first of your Italian Lakes - Lago Orta. Enjoy lake views as you follow its western shore before climbing up through mountain gorges to your second lake - Lago di Mergozza. Depending on your legs you can choose your afternoon's route at this stage. Heading out together from lunch to the Nature Reserve 'Fondo Toce' you can either follow the route south, along the short of Lago Maggiore or you can enjoy an afternoon of short, sharp uphill and technical downhills. The two routes meet up again in the beautiful town of Verbania before cyclists take a leisurely ride back along the lakeshore to Stresa, where you can enjoy a drink and a dip in the pool at your lakeside hotel. 

Day 3: Stresa to Como (71 Miles) 

This morning you follow the shore of Lago Maggiore. Stop for a coffee in Arona's cobbled square before heading north along Maggiore's opposite shore to Angera. Sitting under the gaze of Anger's impressive hilltop monestary, dangling your feet in the water, you can take a relaxing break before heading across country, where things start to get a bit hiller on your way to switzerland. You will cycle past Lago Di Monate and lago Varese on your way to Lago di Lugano and the Swiss border. Shortly after crossing the border you will have lunch, where you can wander down to the lakeside to enjoy your meal. After lunch we continue along the lake-shore and back into Italy, enjoying some incredible switchbacks on our descent. Our next destination is Lago Como and the city of Como itself, where you can head up to the rooftop of your hotel to enjoy another well-deserved drink and a dip in the pool on the rooftop terrace. Evening meal is not included this night to enable you the time to explore Como and all its culinary delights on offer.

Day 4: Como to Lovere (86 Miles) 

Today is the day that you have trained for! Riding out of Como you will start to climb above the eastern edge of Lake Como, affording you the most spectacular views across the water. The smooth tarmac winds and dips along the lakeside and through quaint villages perched on the hillside, taking you all the way into Bellagio, where you will have your first drinks stop at the water’s edge and a chance to take coffee in the town.
At this point you have another choice today – if the undulations of the last 19 miles have been enough for you, you can continue along the lakeside, where the route flattens out, all the way into Lecco. Alternatively you can tackle the MADONNA! A cyclist’s pilgrimage, the Madonna del Ghisallo is named after the patron saint of cycling and climbs 500m at an average gradient of 9%, to a chapel and museum (with a café) at the top of the hill. For those who take on the challenge, you will be rewarded with an incredible descent over approximately 10 miles, where you will join the main route on your way toward Lecco.
After lunch and the challenges of the morning, you will have a long, flat spin out, to cover some distance between Lake Como and Lake Endine, to the East. As you reach the last 20 miles you will hit another climb, but will be rewarded with the most incredible views and sweeping switchbacks, as you work your way down to Lake Endine and over the last hill to Lake Iseo and your hotel for the evening

Day 5: Lovere to Lake Garda (68 miles) 

Today is a flatter route and shorter distance before we cross the finish line in the stunning Lake Garda. So after breakfast we get our cleats back on and hit the road! We follow the eastern edge of Lago Iseo, making the best use of the cycle path, to get away from the traffic and enjoy the sublime views over the lake. As we pull away from the lake, we wind our way between the vineyards and towns as we take on our largest hill climb of the day and our lunch stop. Once over the crest of the hill, we can enjoy the descent, as we make our way to our holding point on the beautiful Lago Garda.We cycle the last few miles together, over small bridges and down cobbled streets to our finish, where you can celebrate with your team at the end of another successful Chapeau ride!

Day 6: Departure Day 

After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to continue with your onward arrangements.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate

Italian Lakes Cycle

Whats included? 

• Full bike transport from the UK and back, if required.
• All accommodation
• All meals except day 1 and 3 as specified in the itinerary.
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Water stops
• Celebration meal in Lake Garda at the end of your ride.

What's excluded? 

• Flights and transfers, both inbound and outbound
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Evening meal on day 1 and day 3 as stated in the itinerary above.
• Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
• Remember to allow extra for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.


£120 non-refundable deposit and a minimum sponsorship target of £1,500. 

Further Information 

To find out more about the challenge please get in touch with our fundraising team by email: [email protected] 

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