Weekend Road Bike Tour

Centre based cycling holiday in Varese

This weekend cycling holiday to Varese in Northern Italian Lakes will let you the experience of these lakes and mountains by bike. Varese is a pleasant hillside town located in Lombardy, close to Piedmont and to Switzerland, in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Pre-Alps, a 10-minute ride from Milan Malpensa airport.

In just a few days you can see the best views and the hidden gems that our region has to offer from Lake Maggiore to Lake Lugano. Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

Varese: UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine

Varese is very well-known for amatour cycling, having organised the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2018 and it also hosts the annual UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine in October. The race course winds up and down among the Lakes of Lugano, Maggiore and Varese with some tough climbs in between. Learn more about UCI road bicycle races in Northern Italian Lakes.
The Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo at Magreglio. between the two branches of Lake Como, is a must for every cyclist. It's a one-day ride from Varese.

Tourist attractions during your cycling holiday

You can ride through wooded valleys, narrow climbs, fast descends without forgetting to enjoy what our area has to offer: ancient villas, parks, churches and hermitages which were built from Sixteenth Century to the Nineteenth Century, exibitions, history, art, culture. In particular we suggest to visit Villa della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno, Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso on Lake Maggiore and Sacro Monte of Varese (historic site on the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage List). Learn more about the best tourist attractions around.

Weekend road bike tour prices in Euro

Double room
€ 760.00
Single room supplement
€ 120.00
Additional night double room and breakfast
€ 50.00
Additional night single room and breakfast
€ 80.00

Start location:
Varese
End location:
Varese
Duration:
5 days, 4 nights, 3 days of cycling
Limit:
10/12 guests
Level of difficulty:
intermediate and advanced
Terrain:
rarely flat, mostly undulating and hilly

Avg. daily distance:
main route 80 km – 50 mi
challenge route 94 km – 58 mi
Avg. daily ascent:
main route 1,501 m. – 4,923 ft
challenge route 2,009 m. – 6,591 ft
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2019 scheduled dates

April 4th – 8th
April 18th – 22nd
May 2nd – 6th
May 16th – 20th
May 30th – June 3rd
June 13th - 17th
June 27th - July 1st
July 11th – 15th
July 25th – 29th
August 8th – 12th
August 22th – 26th
September 5th – 9th
September 19th – 23rd
October 3rd – 7th

Our tours are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the tour. If zero guests have booked one of our tours, we reserve the right to cancel it.

Other dates are possible and we'll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 12 guests.

Included services:

  • 4 nights in double room
  • 4 high-calorie continental breakfasts
  • 3 bike packets, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
  • 3 post ride lunches when you go back to the hotel
  • 4 dinners
  • Double occupancy as standard
  • A skilled bike guide
  • Support vehicle for coming back to hotel after Madonna del Ghisallo ride
  • Maps and information material
  • Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
  • Workstand tool bench for basic maintenance
  • Isotonic drink or water for your ride
  • Washing and cleaning area for bikes
  • Daily laundry service for your cycle clothing
  • Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
  • Free Internet Wi-Fi
  • Car parking

Not included:

  • Bike hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical and physiotherapy services
  • Transfer to and from Airport
  • Entrance fees Castles, Villas, Museums
  • Any extra-beverage and other extras at dinner

Weekend Road Bike Tour Details / Daily Routes

Each day there are two or more ride options available each varying in distance and difficulty. Anyway the description is a draft. This is a general program to to demonstrate how your cycling holiday is structured. If you would prefer your rides include more distance, less distance or different climbs then please contact us, we are willing to provide you with rides that meets all your needs. We can change places, distances and climbs if all the people on the same tour agree. Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.
We generally meet at the bikes around 8.00 for a 8.30 ride start. A coffee stop and a light lunch stop on the way are suggested during the daily ride. We go back to the hotel in the afternoon (14.00/15.00), where you can enjoy a post ride lunch. The rest of the day is relax time.

1 ~ Thursday - Arrival

After your arrival in our hotel there will be a pre-tour briefing.

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

2 ~ Friday - Azzate, Angera, Gavirate, Monte Campo Dei Fiori

Main route: distance 83 km – 52 mi; ascent 1,114 m – 3,655 ft
Challenge route: distance 104 km – 65 mi; ascent 1,857 m – 6,092 ft
Major climbs: Sasso di Gavirate climb (5.4 km – 3.4 mi, avg. 3%, max. 6%), extra climb in the challenging option: Monte Campo dei Fiori climb (8.2 km – 5.2 mi, avg. 8%, max. 13%)
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

The route in the Southern region of Varese is winding, with lots of ups and downs, through a number of small villages and through the gently rolling hillsides, among Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate and Lake Maggiore. You can see the panoramic view from Azzate and then you reach Angera, a medieval town on the shores of Lake Maggiore. You tackle the Sasso di Gavirate climb and, if you want, the extra Monte Campo dei Fiori climb in the challenging route. From the summit of Monte Campo dei Fiori you can enjoy a wide view of the Alps and of Monte Rosa on one side and flatland on the other where you can see Lake Monate, Lake Comabbio and Lake Maggiore in the distance.

3 ~ Saturday - Laveno, Villa Bozzolo, Luino, Ardena

Main route: distance 100 km – 62 mi; ascent 1,490 m – 4,888 ft
Challenge route: distance 102 km – 63 mi; ascent 1,740 m – 5,709 ft
Major climbs: Ardena climb (3.2 km – 2 mi, avg. 6%, max. 8%), extra climb in the challenging option: Marzio climb (3.4 km – 2.1 mi, avg. 8%, max. 10%)
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

Let's get started on our exploration of the foothills to the North of Varese. The ride is undulating with only one slightly difficult climb starting from village of Brusimpiano on Lake Lugano: the Ardena climb. You ride cross three valleys: Valcuvia, Valganna, Valmarchirolo and along five lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Brinzio, Lake Ganna and Lake Ghirla. Along the route is located Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno. If you want you can tackle the extra Marzio climb in the challenging route.

4 ~ Sunday - Madonna del Ghisallo via Lugano, Bellagio

Main route: distance 82 km – 51 mi; ascent 1,730 m – 5,676 ft
Major climbs: Madonna del Ghisallo climb (10.5 km – 6.5 mi, avg. 9%, max. 11%)
Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

Today's ride has one focus: go up to the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo. The small Chapel is located at Magreglio (CO) between the two branches of Lake Como. It's venerated by international cycling as patroness of cycling and the place has become the focus of many riders' pilgrimages. You cross the Swiss pre-alpine mountains and you ride along Lake Lugano and Lake Como’s shores, passing through the lake side villages of Menaggio and Bellagio where the Madonna del Ghisallo climb starts. We come back to hotel all together by support vehicle.

Other rides you can do during your stay at Varese:

A taste of UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine

Main route: distance 98 km – 61 mi; ascent 1,912 m – 6,273 ft
Major climbs: Alpe Tedesco climb (4.7 km – 2.9 mi, avg.8%, max. 8%), Ardena climb (3.2 km – 2 mi, avg. 6%, max. 8%), Brinzio climb (5.2 km – 3.2 mi, avg. 3%, max. 8%), Roggiano climb (2.1 km – 1.3 mi, avg. 9%, max. 13% ), Sasso di Gavirate climb (5.4 km – 3.4 mi, avg. 3%, max. 6%)

This route ( the short race course) can give you a feel for the race course of UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine which has taken place every year in Autumn. Of course you avoid the busier and boring roads for enjoing the most beautiful sections of the short race course. The route is winding, among the Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore and Lake Varese. You have to to tackle three climbs of the short race course: Alpe Tedesco, Ardena, and Brinzio, and two other climbs for connecting the sections of the route: Roggiano and Sasso di Gavirate.

Loop of Lake Lugano, Morcote, Arogno

Main route: distance 94 km – 58 mi; ascent 1,354 m – 4,442 ft
Challenge route: distance 116 km – 72 mi; ascent 2,114 m – 6,936 ft
Major climbs: Arogno climb (5 km – 3.1 mi, avg. 8%, max. 13%), extra climb in the challenging option: Sighigola climb from Arogno (11 km – 6.9 mi, avg. 7.5%, max. 13%)

The route is a mostly flat ride around the Lake Lugano, almost completely in Switzerland. You cross the Valceresio Valley, and then the ride unwinds along Lake Lugano, with views and landscapes of Morcote, of Monte Generoso and of Monte Lema in Switzerland. Morcote lies ten kilometers south of Lugano. It is famous for the arcade buildings on the shores of the lake, some of which were constructed in the late Middle Ages. You may meet pro cyclists training in this area. In the main route you can tackle the Arogno climb. If you seek extra kilometres you can climb up Sighignola climb.

5 ~ Monday - Departure

Breakfast and departure.