Epic climbs, thrilling single-track and ancient dirt roads: the lakes of northern Italy offer routes able to captivate any cycling enthusiast.
Whether you decide to ride a racing bike, a mountain bike or a gravel bike, you will get joy out of every ride in these areas.
All you have to do is choose the destination and the route suitable for you to discover an explosion of colours and lights as well as, smells enjoying one ride after another. Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo await you for an unforgettable cycling holiday!
Stretching between Lombardy, Piedmont and Switzerland Lake Maggiore has always been one of the most popular places for cyclists. The surrounding mountains protect the area from northerly winds making it a perfect climate for cycling all year round: mild during the winter months and cool in the summer. The Mottarone climbs are perfect for those who prefer racing bikes while those looking for off-road trails will find exhilarating routes in the hills surrounding the lake.
Como does not mean only prestigious villas and ancient villages located on the shores of the lake. In fact, the area is full of routes that have made Italian cycling history, some of these include the famous “Sormano Wall”, the Giro di Lombardia and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo. For those looking for adrenaline off-road trails, you will find many different ones in the hills surrounding the lake with breathtaking views of the blue water. Do not miss the descent from Monte Tremezzo down to the shores of the lake.
Olive groves, rolling hills, sandy beaches and of course cycle paths, asphalt and off-road. Lake Garda is perfect for those who love cycling and looking for a holiday dedicated to physical and mental wellness. Monte Baldo is definitely the real highlight among the racing bike routes in the area so much so that it has been nicknamed “Piccolo Stelvio”. While the Lessini mountains are a paradise for the fat bike lovers, the Morainic hills, south of the lake are ideal terrain for exhilarating gravel bike rides.
Lake Iseo and the hills of Franciacorta offer wonderful routes, suitable for both racing bikes and mountain bikes. From a leisurely tour of the lake to the epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia, Lake Iseo is able to fulfil the ambitions of cyclists of all levels. For those who want to test their skills on roads that have given pros a tough time, we recommend Colle del Gallo: 8 km at an average gradient of 5.5%. If instead you want to explore off-road on your bike, the Conca della Presolana is the ideal area to discover exhilarating trails among enchanting valleys and green mountains.
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