In light of UK Govt, world news, FCO and WHO guidelines, there is still a great deal of uncertainty in relation to travel and COVID-19. The 2020 London Marathon has been postponed to Sunday 4 October and we have made the decision to postpone both of our 2020 Italian events to 2021. With no end date on the advice been given - it is also almost impossible to plan our challenges with any guarantees. We are therefore continuing to plan our Autumn events as scheduled, but closely monitoring all governing body guidelines, while working with our suppliers and organisers in country and reviewing on an ongoing basis. If circumstances change and we foresee that any challenge will be affected, we will contact all participants to keep them updated.
Sun 13 June – Wed 16 June 2021
|✓||3.5 days cycling|
While our Italian Challenge boasts great food, good coffee and spectacular scenery, don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy option. You’ll need the carbohydrates to fuel the intense three-and-a-half days of road-bike cycling and demanding climbs as we tick off some of Italy’s most well-known and beautiful lakes. Whether this is a spring spin of the legs or your first venture into the world of charity cycling, this is an exceptional Challenge with full support (and gelato!) throughout. Please click here to download the info pack for more details.
|Sunday 13 June • Lake Varese |
|Following an early morning flight from London to Milan, there’s an approximate 45 minute transfer to our hotel in Varese, Palace Grand Hotel Varese where we’ll be staying for the next three nights. Have your cycling kit and helmet ready because, after a quick bike fitting for all, we set off for a relaxed 35km warm-up around Lake Varese – with the obligatory gelato stop in Gavirate at 22km!|
|Monday 14 June • Lake Maggiore|
Cycle 111km/elevation gain +780m
|Our first full day of cycling and we’re aiming for 111km. If there’s time, there may be the option to cycle further if the legs are willing, After morning coffee we’ll catch a ferry to the western shore of Lake Maggiore, where we’ll spend the majority of our day. Upon reaching the end of the lake we head back to our accommodation via Lake Monate and Verese. Coffee stop 1: 30km. Lunch: 50km. Coffee stop 2: 91km|
|Tuesday 15 June • Lake Como |
Cycle 117km/elevation gain approx. +1700m
|On our second day, we’ll venture eastwards out of Varese, and on to the famous Lake Como. We’ll take a brief coffee stop in the town of Como itself, and then cycle the south shore up to iconic Bellagio for lunch. Following refreshments, we’ll catch the ferry over to the western side of the lake, taking in the spectacular views of historic Bellagio as we go. We’ll head south to pass through Como for the second time, stopping for an afternoon coffee. The last 25km or so is a little more undulating as we head back to our accommodation. Coffee stop 1: Como at 30km. Lunch: Bellagio at 59km. Coffee stop 2: Como at 86km|
|Wednesday 16 June • Lake Lugano|
Cycle 74km/elevation gain approx. +780m
|Our final day on the bikes and we’re heading north-east towards Lake Lugano – warming up our leg muscles along the lake shore before briefly leaving Italy as we cross the Swiss border. Lunch will be in Switzerland today, in the pretty lakeside town of Melide. Post-lunch we follow the lake south to afternoon coffee, where we’ll leave the water behind for the final time. There’s a gentle climb up away from the lake on our final return to Varese. A quick celebratory bite to eat and it’s time to pack up the bikes and make our way back to the airport for the journey home.|
|✓||Three nights half-board accommodation (twin-sharing) staying in one centrally based hotel in Varese. Limited singles available on request.|
|✓||Transfers to and from Milan Malpensa airport if taking the recommended flights/meeting at the specified point and time.|
|✓||Picnic lunches on cycling days, likely to be café based.|
|✓||Lunches and water/gels/energy powder on the support vehicle(s)|
|✓||Fully supported ride with organised refreshment stops, two ride leaders, support vehicles, mechanic and doctor.|
|✓||Guided rides in the local region.|
|✓||FREE Norwood cycle jersey|
What’s not included
|✘||Your flights. We recommend outbound, Sunday 14 June (AM), London to Milan. Inbound Wednesday 17 June (PM), Milan to London. Flight time is 1 hour, 55 minutes/GMT + 2hrs.|
|✘||Bike hire or any personal cycling equipment, clothing or helmet. Bike hire can be organised for you.|
|✘||Optional bike transfer from UK to Milan and return back to the UK.|
|✘||Travel insurance and visas (if applicable).|
|✘||Any tips, trips, entry fees, coffees or other personal expenses.|
How challenging is it?
This is a medium-level Challenge, graded 3.5 out of 5. There are some long daily distances and up to six to eight hours in the saddle. While it has been designed to be challenging, this ride is achievable with some regular training. Ideally you should be a keen cyclist, enjoy training and ride regularly. You need to have a good level of endurance with an ability to sustain the level of effort required over a period of days. You should, therefore, be doing regular exercise with some serious cycle training, including long rides in the countryside/five hours +.
This itinerary may be subject to change.
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