by Jill Greco Bodnar
returning cyclist at il Perlo Panorama
This fall has been my 4th visit to Hotel Il Perlo Panorama, each time tackling the local Lake Como climbs featured in races such as the Giro d’Italia and Giro di Lombardia, but more importantly savoring the views and unique beauty where mountains plunge into the blue waters and climbs take you past quiet Italian villages. Riding in the area typically requires lightweight carbon fiber road bikes and a certain amount of grit and stubbornness (not to mention restraint with gelato consumption!). Even simply returning to the hotel after a lakeside jaunt requires a 1km climb with a section of 14% road grade. The most fit cyclists climb back to the hotel quite gassed, albeit with a great sense of accomplishment. But it’s not enough to reserve the beauty and history of this area to fit cyclists who have put in months of training to adapt to these climbs. That would be like reserving entry at the local gelato shops for Michelan-star chefs. Fortunately, Il Perlo provides e-bike rental so you can explore the area at your leisure and eat your gelato too.