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The Tour of Lombardy 2018
Pro Race and Gran Fondo Il Lombardia

13th/14th October 2018

As official tour operator for the 2018 Il Lombardia, Sports Tours International offer you the chance to watch the final monument of the season before riding the course yourself during the official Gran Fondo Il Lombardia which will have its 2nd edition in 2018.
Also available are fantastic hospitality options for both the start in Como and the finish areas in Bergamo. The Giro di Lombardia is a must for every pro-cycle racing enthusiast.

The official Gran Fondo Il Lombardia will have its 2nd edition in 2018. The Gran Fondo is your chance to ride the final section of the route of the Il Lombardia pro race the day after watching the professionals.

In 2017 1,400 sportive riders conquered the famous Lake Como climbs at the GRAN FONDO IL LOMBARDIA. The course, featuring the Ghisallo, Muro di Sormano and Civiglio climbs, closed the season of sportive events. This year’s Gran Fondo Il Lombardia takes place on Sunday  14 October 2018, the day after the Il Lombardia 2018 – the so-called “Classic of the Dead Leaves” that traditionally closes the European professional cycling season. The Gran Fondo route will take riders from Como to Como, over a 118.2km long route with more than 2700m of vertical elevation.

The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia combines the unique charm of its beautiful route with the opportunity for amateur riders to measure themselves against their heroes by riding on the very same roads the pros raced the day before – a key part what makes the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia so special. The route starts from Como and takes riders to Onno, on the eastern branch of Lake Como before heading north to take the mountain road in Regatola. Riders will then face two epic ascents: firstly the Madonna del Ghisallo and then the Muro di Sormano, with gradients up to 27%. Following these major climbs, the route turns and makes it way back to Como and the final the two climbs of Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia to test the endurance of the riders.

Weekend travel package:
Our weekend travel package takes in both the Il Lombardia pro race on the Saturday as well as the new IL Lombardia Gran Fondo on Sunday.

Airport transfer times:
We will provide airport transfers from Milan Malpensa Airport throughout the day for flights arriving before 19.00 on Friday. On departure on Monday, please book flights departing between 11.00 and 16.00 from Milan Malpensa airport.

If you book flights outside these times, please make your own arrangements.

2018 route details:
Northern Italy is well known for its cycling enthusiasm. Some of the World’s best known manufacturers are from this region : Pinarello, Bianchi, Campagnolo and Kuota. The locals are cycling mad, so come along and join the crowds.

Each year the Giro di Lombardia, or Il Lombardia, reverses route. Rotating between a Lake Como or Bergamo start and finish, in 2017 the Giro di Lombardia started in Bergamo and finished in Como. In 2018 just metres away from the beautiful Lake Como the riders will start their race. Along the roughly 245 km route, the riders will visit climbs like the iconic Madonna del Ghisallo, the lower Italian Alps and beautiful Italian countryside. As is common with the Giro di Lombardia, the exact route will not be known until much closer to race day.

Official Lombardia VIP access options:
As an Official Tour Operator of the 2018 Giro di Lombardia cycling race we have some incredible and exclusive one day experiences available for you. You can enjoy these as stand-alone options so you are flexible in terms of where you would like to stay and other travel arrangements if applicable.

Start Town Hospitality:
The 2018 Giro di Lombardia entourage and organisation will set up a start area with the team buses close to the start line. An expo type village is created at the start. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Giro di Lombardia like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the hospitality area, which will be located close to the signing on stage. In 2017, the hospitality tent was right alongside the riders corridor leading to the signing on stage. If you are into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

The start Village in 2018 will be extra special as it will be on the shores of Lake Como. The Start Village where the athletes assemble in the morning along with sponsors and organisation and management before they set off.

MEET THE RIDERS IN THIS ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE!
When you arrive in the start town, the Giro di Lombardia Club staff will welcome you. You will receive a day pass which gives you access to the Hospitality Area with snack/coffee bar service available. You will meet the riders and experience the exciting pre-race atmosphere. The highlight of the day is that you will get up close with the riders and you can mingle with the racers and team directors and other people close to the inner world of cycling. Many people really enjoy the start village access due to the fact that you get very close to actual riders and you get a good insight into the inner workings of the 2018 Giro di Lombardia

Start Area Hospitality : £90 per person. Please note that this is for a ticket only so no hotel or transport is included.

Club Truck finishline hospitality:
The Giro di Lombardia sets up a limited number of areas located on course within the final portion of the stage for special access called Club Truck. Guests of the Club will arrive at the finish a little before the cyclists, and will have access to the Club Truck, reserved for the top stars and located in a privileged area near the finish line. The Truck will offer snack/coffee bar service, and TV screens will broadcast the final kilometres of the race until the riders come into view. After the finish and the award ceremony, a shuttle service (on request basis) will bring guests to the start city. Every guest will receive the exclusive VIP bag related to the Giro di Lombardia.

Giro Club Truck in Bergamo : £140 per person. Please note that this is for a ticket only so no hotel or transport is included.

On the course:
Because we are official partners with Giro di Lombardia, we have access to areas that are usually off limits to the general public. This includes access to the actual course that the riders will be going on. Available on Request – contact us for availability

A day in an official car (Drive experience) – £1100 per person:
Our most popular VIP option is to spend the whole day on the course during the event. You will meet your driver at the start village and drive the course in front of the caravan. A packed lunch is included on the way and at the stage finish you will enjoy finish line hospitality in the finish hospitality bus.

Your day in the car will include:

  • A seat in a VIP car on the race course
  • A maximum of 3 passengers
  • A welcome from the Club staff
  • Accreditation and assignment of a daily pass
  • Access to the hospitality area at the start
  • A packed lunch
  • Access to the Club Truck at the finish with snacks and coffee bar service and TV screens
  • VIP bag of the Giro di Lombardia race
  • Shuttle service back to the start in Como – Available on request

Please note that this is for a ticket only so no hotel or transport to the start and finish area is included. At the time of booking you will receive a booking confirmation. Nearer the time you will receive an itinerary with directions and details of the exact location of the stage start location. Your accreditation badge and wristband will be available for collection from the reception desk at the official start village.

The Hotel:

★★★ Hotel Borgo Antico Como:
The Borgo Antico Hotel is located in the heart of the historical town of Como, just a short walk from its wonderful lake and the city centre. The hotel is at just a five minute walk from the Como San Giovanni station and ten minutes from the old town and lake.

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout and all of its elegant rooms are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV and en-suite bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Each morning you will be served a buffet-style continental breakfast. Your bike will be securely stored in the hotel’s garage

The Borgo Antico hotel in Como is 45 minutes away from Milano Malpensa Airport.

Travel itinerary – based on the 2017 route – 2018 coming soon:

Friday 12th October 2018 – Arrival day:
Please make arrangements to join us at our hotel in Como today or make use of our airport transfer service. We provide airport transfers from Milan Malpensa airport throughout the day for flights arriving before 19.00. Before you book your flights, please contact us so we can ensure that the airport transfer is available.

We are staying at the Hotel Borgo Antico in Como with breakfasts included. This evening our guide will organise a get together to talk you through the weekend’s itinerary and to introduce all members of our group.

Bikes and bike rental:
On arrival today, we will assist you with putting your bike together after travel. Your bike will be securely stored at the hotel. We also offer bike rental for the weekend and your bike will be fitted on arrival. For £175 you can rent a Pinarello Gan S Carbon bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra for the weekend – you will need to bring your own pedals.

Saturday 13th October 2018 – The 2018 Il Lombardia Pro Race:
After breakfast we will head out for a supported and guided ride into the country-side surrounding Como with our bike guide. The start is in Como and we will ride out from Como to catch the race on one of the main attractions of the race; the Muro di Sormano or the Madonna de Ghisallo.
If you want to rest your legs ahead of tomorrow’s Gran Fondo, then we offer VIP start access in Como. More details below.

In the afternoon, we can watch the race final on TV.

Start Town Hospitality:
The 2018 Giro di Lombardia entourage and organisation will set up a start area with the team buses close to the start line. An expo type village is created at the start. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Giro di Lombardia like TV, sponsors and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves. Also local companies will be keen to show off their wares. Your VIP passes will give you access to the hospitality area, which will be located close to the signing on stage. In 2017, the hospitality tent was right alongside the riders corridor leading to the signing on stage. If you are into collecting autographs, this is the best place for it.

The start Village in 2018 will be extra special as it will be on the shores of Lake Como. The Start Village where the athletes assemble in the morning along with sponsors and organisation and management before they set off.

MEET THE RIDERS IN THIS ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE!
When you arrive in the start town, the Giro di Lombardia Club staff will welcome you. You will receive a day pass which gives you access to the Hospitality Area with snack/coffee bar service available. You will meet the riders and experience the exciting pre-race atmosphere. The highlight of the day is that you will get up close with the riders and you can mingle with the racers and team directors and other people close to the inner world of cycling. Many people really enjoy the start village access due to the fact that you get very close to actual riders and you get a good insight into the inner workings of the 2018 Giro di Lombardia.
Start Area Hospitality : £90 per person

Sunday 14th October 2018 – 2018 Gran Fondo Il Lombardia (event entry at additional cost):
Today is the day of the 2nd edition of the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia. As we are based in Como,  we are ideally located for the start and the finish of the event.
The Gran Fondo starts at 07.30 from Como, just a short distance from our hotel. You have a 7 hour time limit to complete the 118.2km course, which includes climbs to Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano (including sections of 27% gradient). The final section of the Gran Fondo will include the climbs of Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia, before taking the same route finale as IL Lombardia 2016, won by Sebastian Chavez, crossing the finish line back in Bergamo.
After triumphantly completing the course, ride the short distance back to the hotel.

Please note that you will need a medical certificate. For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling. Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.

In the evening we will assist the riders will re-packing their bikes into their transport cases and bike boxes.

2018 Gran Fondo Lombardia:
More than 1,400 sportive riders participated in the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia on the roads around Lake Como that saw Vincenzo Nibali winning Saturday’s Il Lombardia on the very same finish line. On the 110.3km course riders faced the three legendary climbs, one by one: first the Madonna del Ghisallo after 45.4km, then the challenging Muro di Sormano (after 67.5km) and, just before the finish line, the Civigilio.

Monday 15th October 2018 – Departure day:
After breakfast we will provide an airport transfer from Como to Milan Malpensa airport.

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£475 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
£135 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room

Included with your weekend travel package:

  • Support from our driver and bike guide
  • Return airport transfers from Milan Malpensa Airport at set times on Friday and Monday
  • All in-resort transfers for you and your bike
  • 3 nights at the 3 star hotel Borgo Antico in Como with all hotel taxes included
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Secure bike storage at the hotel
  • The official 2018 Il Lombardia road book
  • A guided ride on Lombardia day to watch the race
  • A comprehensive travel itinerary
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information

Available as an extra – 2018 prices TBC:

  • £40 entry fee for the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia on Sunday
  • VIP hospitality at the 2018 Il Lombardia – More details below and in the ‘read more’ section
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
  • £175 for rental of a Pinarello Carbon Ultegra for the weekend – terms and conditions here
  • Online medical certification service – more information

Hospitality tickets with or without travel package:
As official tour operator of the 2018 Il Lombardia we offer some fantastic special VIP access options which you can purchase as stand alone tickets without hotel or travel package:

  • Bergamo Start Village (VIP start village access) at £90 per person
  • Lake Como finish line hospitality at £140 per person
  • A day on the course in an official car (Drive experience) – £1100 – Available on Request – E-mail us

HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions.

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Important Information:

Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for Italy, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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