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Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine 2017
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8 days
On Road only, Hills (rolling/undulating), Mountains (climbing)
Bike Options:
Non-rider option, Bike hire available
Tour Language:
English, Italian
Tour Type:
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Tour Distance & Dates
510 Km
Riding Days:
Daily Average:
85 Km
Sep, Oct
28th Sept 2017
Tour Operator:
GPS Varese & Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria
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Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine 2017

and Road race Tre Valli Varesine (UCI Europe Tour)

8 Days Moderate-Advanced 510 KmAVG 85 Km

Join us for competing in Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine, for watching the pros race Tre Valli Varesine and for cycling around Lake District in Northern Italy.
On the 1st October 2017 will take place the Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine and on 3rd October 2017 will take place the road race Tre Valli Varesine (UCI Europe Tour).
More then 1.700 cyclists joined the Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine in 2016.

The Granfondo twists and turns through the valleys and the hills among the town of Varese, Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.
This is a "undulating" and "up and down" course taking in the many climbs and descents.
Two distance options available:
middle route 103 km / 64 mi - elevation gain 1,500 m / 4,900 ft or long route 156 km / 97mi - elevation gain 2,500 m / 8,200 ft.

We have something for everybody: daily rides with a little bit of climbing, loads of flat lake-side riding, thrilling descents and above all incomparable views across Italy’s northern lakes ( Lake Maggiore, LakeLugano, Lake Varese and Lake Como).

Day 1 - 28th Thursday - Arrival
After your arrival in hotel there will be an evening pre-tour briefing.

Day 2 - 29th Friday - Tre Valli Varesine, option Brezzo di Bedero, Sette Termini
Daily route: distance 60.3 miles - 97,2 km; ascent 3,412 ft – 1.040 m.
Avid option: distance 58.7 miles - 94,6 km; ascent 5,184 ft – 1.580 m.
Today's ride crosses three valleys in the upper region of Varese: Valcuvia, Valganna, Valmarchirolo. The route is very undulating. You will find peaceful roads and lakes with panoramic views, with some short climbs. The Ardena climb is the longest (length 2 miles – 3,2 km, average gradient 6,0%, maximum 8%). We ride along Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Brinzio, Lake Ganna and Lake Ghirla. Along our route there is the Abbey of Ganna and Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno where you can stop and visit. There are two climbs in the avid option: Brezzo di Bedero climb (length 1.1 mile - 1,8 km, average gradient 8%, maximum 10%), and Sette Termini climb (length 7 miles - 11,2 km, average gradient 6%, maximum 10%).

Day 3 - 30th Saturday - Loop of Lake Lugano, option Malcantone, Colmegna, Luino
Daily route: distance 53.8 miles - 86,7 km; ascent 1,608 ft - 490 m.
Avid option: distance 70.2 miles - 113 km; ascent 4,528 ft – 1.380 m.
The main route is a beautiful flat ride around the Lake Lugano, almost completely in Switzerland. We cross the Valcuvia valley, and then our ride unwinds along Lake Lugano, with views of Monte Generoso and of Monte Lema. The ride of Malcantone, Colmegnino, Luino (long tour) offers great landscapes in Switzerland. It will take in some climbs and offer spectacular views across Lake Lugano, the swiss region of Malcantone and the surrounding mountains: Monte Generoso and Monte Lema. You may meet profession cyclists training in this area. Then the route flattens along the shores of Lake Maggiore, Tresa River and Lake Lugano. There are two climbs in the avid option: Vernate climb (length 2.6 miles - 4,2 km, average gradient 6%), and Cademario climb (length 5 miles - 8 km, average gradient 7,5%, maximum 12%).

Day 4 - 1st Sunday - Today Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine.
Distance: middle route: 103 km / 64 mi; long route: 156 km / 97mi
Ascent: middle route: 1,500 m / 4,900 ft; long route: 2,500 m / 8,200 ft
More then 1,700 ciclists joined the Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine in 2016.
The race twists and turns through the valleys and the hills among the town of Varese, Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.

Day 5 - 2nd Monday - Loop Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori, option Sacro Monte and top Monte Campo dei Fiori
Daily route: distance 28 miles - 45 km ; ascent 1,780 ft - 540 m.
Avid option: distance 38 miles - 61,4 km; ascent 4,413 ft – 1.345 m.
Our route today follows the loop around the Regional Park Monte Campo dei Fiori. If you are able to climb, you have the choice to straight up Sacro Monte of Varese, UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site. We continue to the summit of Monte Campo dei Fiori. The climb is challenging (length 5.2 miles – 8,2 km, average gradient 8%, maximum 13%). From here a magnificent panorama opens before us of the Alps and of Monte Rosa on one side and flatlands on the other. Monte Campo dei Fiori is known as the “balcony of Varese”.

Day 6 - 3rd Tuesday - Today the pro's race.
In the afternoon we can go and see the pros race, however in the morning we will cycle a ride.
Daily route: distance 38.3 miles – 61,7 km; ascent 4,003 ft - 1.120 m.
Avid option: distance 46.7 miles – 75,3 km; ascent 4,442 ft – 1.354 m.
Today we ride in Valcuvia valley. Along our route there are Villa Della Porta Bozzolo at Casalzuigno, the quaint village of Arcumeggia, known as “Painted Village”, and the small village of San Michele. There are three climbs in the main route: Arcumeggia climb (length 2.2 miles - 3,6 kms, average gradient 7%), San Michele climb (length 1.5 mile - 2,4 km, average gradient 10%) and Brinzio climb (length 5.1 miles - 8,2 km, average gradient 3,5%, max 8%).
There is a challenging climb in the avid option: Passo del Cuvignone (length 5.9 miles - 9,5 km, average gradient 8,2%, max 13%). This climb however offer rewarding views across Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese and Monte Rosa.
The Passo Cuvignone is many cyclists' favourite training ground.
In the afternoon we can go and see the pros on the course.

Day 7 - 4th Wednesday - Loop of 7 lakes North stretch, option Alpe Tedesco, Cuasso, Ardena, Marzio
Daily route: distance 56.2 miles - 90,6 km; ascent 2,953 ft - 900 m.
Avid option: distance 72 miles - 116 km; ascent 5,748 ft – 1.752 m.
The ride in the upper region of Varese is undulating and there are some short climbs. We reach Lago Maggiore and follow its shores between the towns of Luino and Laveno. Woods surround most of the route. Next we reach the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, on the banks of Lake Maggiore, that, if you want, you can visit. After a winding and panoramic road we come back following a climb known as the “Sasso di Gavirate”( length 3.4 miles - 5,4 kms, average gradient 3%, maximum 6%). If you choose the avid option there are challenging climbs and exhilarating descents in a pristine and well preserved natural environment. If you want we can climb towards and over Alpe Tedesco ridge (length 2.9 miles - 4,7 km, average gradient 8%) that separates Valganna from Valcuvia. After 2.5 miles - 4 km of flat along the shores of Lake Lugano, we climb again towards Ardena (length 2 miles - 3,2 km, average gradient 6%, maximum 8%) and we finally arrive in the village of Marzio (length 2.4 miles - 3,9 km, average gradient 8,2%, maximum 10%).

Day 8 - 5th Thursday - Departure
Breakfast and departure.

However you can do several extra daily rides during the following days and we can suggest activities beyond the tour like visit Villa Panza, Villa Bozzolo, Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, and so on if you are a non-rider.

I.g. during your stay, we can choose to ride over towards Lake Como and go up to the Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo. The small Chapel is at Magreglio (CO) between the two branches of Lake Como. It’s an all-day ride. The Madonna del Ghisallo is venerated by international cycling as patroness of cycling and the place has become the focus of many riders' pilgrimages.
Comfort (3-4 ★), Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement: 245,00
Booking Conditions
To reserve a deposit of € 200,00 per person is required. The balance is due directly in hotel at your arrival. See tour web page.
7 nights in double room
enrollment Granfondo
7 high-calorie continental breakfasts
6 bike packets, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
6 afternoon buffet snacks on your return to the hotel
7 dinners
A bike guide
Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
Workstand tool bench
Washing and cleaning area for bikes
Daily laundry service
Entrance fees Castles, Villas, Museums
Tickets or other extras
Extra beverage and other extras at dinner
Bike hire
Access to Gym
Medical and physiotherapy services
Airport transfers (Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate)
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