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Gran Fondo Il Lombardia

October 13

Solo rider on steep climb in Gran Fondo Il Lombardia

The Gran Fondo Il Lombardia is an annual cycling event that echoes the prestige of its namesake professional race, Il Lombardia, known as the “Race of the Falling Leaves.” This event stands out for its challenging routes through the Lombardy region, famed for its breathtaking landscapes and significant climbs. It offers cyclists a taste of the professional race experience, with routes that navigate the area’s scenic beauty and demanding terrain. What makes it unique is the physical challenge and the opportunity to ride on the same paths as professional legends, making it a special blend of tradition, endurance, and picturesque Italian countryside.  Strambecco rates the event as a Best-in-Class Gran Fondo spanning Italy.

Gran Fondo Il Lombardia Route Profile

The start is in the city of Cantù, and the first 25 km follow the constant undulations of the roads of Brianza up to Maglio.  The following 7 kilometers, leading the riders to the hill of Sormano, are the hardest yet the most exciting of the race. The race’s climax is the last two kilometers of this climb, the iconic MURO DI SORMANO, a totem in worldwide cycling. Here, the route climbs steeply with an average 15.8% gradient, topping out at 27%. The writings on the tarmac and the signage at the side of the road will be there to provide Gran Fondo athletes with the experience of a real Pro.  Less experienced riders may take a 2 km detour, allowing them to reach the summit on a milder climb.

After a sharp descent into Nesso, the route levels out briefly and then undulates again, up to Regatola, where the athletes tackle the second climb of the day, the GHISALLO.
Gradients are high but not as steep as in Sormano. The climb is not too complicated, and the route winds in an enjoyable landscape. The most combative athletes may grind out the bigger gears. The average slope is 6.2% over 9 km, at 14% towards the end.  On the summit, the riders will be welcomed by the bells of Madonna del Ghisallo and by the most famous museum in cycling history. At the top of the Ghisallo, 70 km into the Gran Fondo, the riders have covered nearly two-thirds of the route, and the most challenging parts are behind them.

A long (nearly 20 km) and broad descent leads them to Merone, where they rest their legs before the final 20 kilometers. They climb again in short and steep spurts until they finish at the heart of Cantù.

Cantu – Lake Como – Lombardy Region

Cantù, nestled in the heart of Lombardy near the serene Lake Como, is a captivating destination for outdoor athletes, especially those passionate about cycling. The region, renowned for its scenic beauty, blends historical charm with natural landscapes, making it an idyllic setting for the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia. As an outdoor athlete, one can look forward to exploring Lombardy’s rugged paths and challenging climbs, including iconic ascents like the Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano, which are part of the event’s course. Beyond cycling, the Como region invites adventurers to indulge in hiking, sailing, and windsurfing, thanks to its vast lakes and mountainous terrain. Lombardy, as a province, epitomizes the rich Italian culture and history, providing a splendid backdrop for athletes seeking physical challenge and cultural enrichment on their vacation.

Andiamo Cycling VIP Experience

Andiamo Cycling’s VIP experience for Gran Fondo Il Lombardia is a meticulously crafted 7-night cycling journey. It features VIP entry to the event, professional guide-led daily rides with van support across Lake Como, Bergamo, and Lake Garda, and a Pinarello Dogma F bike rental. The package offers stays in 3 or 4-star hotels, meals emphasizing local cuisine, and covers iconic climbs like Madonna del Ghisallo and Sormano. This all-encompassing package is designed to provide an unforgettable cycling adventure in one of Italy’s most scenic regions. For more detailed information, you can visit their website.


Elevation profile of Gran Fondo Il Lombardia
Gran Fondo Il Lombardia Route


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