Il Lombardia is part of the famous 5 Monuments of Cycling and the last in the year. You can watch the The Pros tackle the 241 km course from Bergamo to Como the day before 10/10/2020 and to get an idea as to what is ahead of you. On Sunday the official Gran Fondo Il Lombardia will have its 3rd edition as it’s a new event to the calendar -. the event gives you the chance to ride the final section of the route of the Il Lombardia pro race the day after on the 11/10/2020.
In 2019 Bauke Mollema (of team Trek-Segafredo) was victorious and his first victory in a Monument race. He attacked on the Civiglio climb and powered through the last 18 km. He went onto claim the title of the 113th edition of the classic Italian race.
More than 1,400 sportive riders are expected to participate in the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia on the roads around Lake Como , the course of the route riders will take you over such legendary climbs as the Madonna del Ghisallo after 45km then the challenging Muro di Sormano and just before the finish line, the Civigilio.
Friday 9th October 2020 to Monday 12th October 2020.
Your Il Lombardia challenge is on Sunday 11th October 2020.
Watch the pro race on the Saturday and then conqueror the Madonna de Ghisallo, and pass the famous church dedicated to cyclists. Onwards and then tackle the infamous, merciless, Muro di Sormano, followed by the Civiglio and the San Fermo de la Battaglia in the Gran Fondo on Sunday.
The Gran Fondo starts and finishes in Como, and the ‘Wall’ of Sormano cranks up to a handle bar shaking 27%.
Our 4-star hotel close to the start of Cantu.
The start and the finish are set in the lovely city of Cantù, in the province of Como, where the participants will receive a warm and enthusiastic welcome. The first 25 km follow the constant undulations of the roads of Brianza, up to Maglio. The following 7 kilometres, leading the riders to the hill of Sormano, are the hardest yet the most exciting of the race. The last two kilometres of this climb, the iconic MURO DI SORMANO and will be the climax of the race. Here, the route climbs steeply with an average 15.8% gradient, topping out at 27%. The effort will be tremendous, and someone might have to put their foot down. 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 along a milder climb – would you really want to miss out 2km ? – grab the full experience. After a sharp descent diving into Nesso, the route levels out briefly and then undulates again, up to Regatola, where the athletes will tackle the second climb of the day, the GHISALLO (often referred to as The Church)
the gradients are high, but not as steep as in Sormano. The climb is not too complicated, and the route winds its way in an enjoyable landscape. The most combative athletes may grind out the bigger gears, this will be a climb for the strong and or smart. The average slope is 6.2% over 9 km, topping out 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 will have covered nearly two-thirds of the route, and the hardest parts will be behind them. A long (circa 20 km) and broad descent will lead them to Merone, allowing them to rest their legs before the final 20 kilometres, climbing again in short and steep spurts.
After 109km/111km of racing and 1,700 m in vertical altitude gain, the riders will then reach the finish at the heart of Cantù, to be crowned the heroes of the day. The beauty of this Gran Fondo lies in its unique route, which takes in two iconic climbs in an extraordinary landscape. A perfect combination of ascents, descents and steep spurts that ensures fun and enjoyment to all participants.
All without forgetting that the day before, Pro riders will be battling each other on the very same roads to conquer the 113th edition of the “classic of the falling leaves.
The Gran Fondo starts and finishes in Cantu (in the province of Como) a short distance from our Hotel.
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