The Italian Peaks tour is designed for a group of friends who want to ride as many of Italy’s hard and long climbs as possible. And then ride the crazy steep ones, yet remain friends. We are happy to accommodate them and revisit many of the roads that Andy raced on years ago. Having looked at the climbs and the routes that best link them, we have discovered many historic roads that are new to us.Book this tour
The Italian Peaks Tour starts in Lombardia at Bellagio, the prettiest point on Lake Como. The Madonna di Ghisallo climb and the muro di Sormano are on our menu. But first a prelude to the Ghisallo cycling museum where Andy will present his 1988 Giro d’Italia pink leader’s jersey to join their collection. After a ferry crossing we will ride along lake Como to Bormio, tackling the Mortirolo climb along the way. Then a day on the Gavia pass with a story hour from Andy about attacking over it and into the Giro lead “back in ’88”.
The next day we will go over the Stelvio pass, with more hairpin turns that we can count, to Bolzano.The next three nights we’ll stay in Badia in the Corvara valley of Alto Adige. Here we will enjoy a rest day followed by a day of climbing the Pordoi, Fedaia, Sella, Gardena and Campolungo passes. As we move east we’ll spend one night in Cortina via the Valparola and Giau passes, before tackling the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Our last transfer will be a stunning day traversing the eastern Dolomites to get to the base of the Zoncolon and Crostis climbs.
This tour is designed by a group of friends originally intended as a private tour and is now open to the public.
We encourage extremely fit individuals and friends to sign up & come ride with Andy in lieu of our almost full 1988 Giro tour.
* Bike lights are required
July could be hot in the valleys where we will traverse. And we may be dealing with wet and cold weather in the mountains. Long descents in cold and wet weather are possible, so we need good clothing for that possibility. A sweater and light rain jacket should take care of our cool evenings, or casual hiking. Come prepared with leg and arm warmers, shoe covers, gloves, a waterproof riding jacket, waterproof pants, and a hat to wear beneath your helmet. Come prepared and you’ll have a blast.
Lower gears than normal are recommended on this ride, for obvious reasons. Our favorite solution to gearing is to use a compact crank with 34 and 50 teeth in the front, coupled with a 12-27 (Shimano) or 13-29 (Campy) in the rear. Or easier!
This tour begins with transportation from Milan airport (MXP) to Bellagio.
Pick-up: Milan Malpensa Airport, Saturday, July 7th, 9:45 am
Drop off: Morning of July 17th to Udine train station
Flights home should be scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th.