Welcome to our 10th anniversary! Back in 2008, ComoLagoBike began as an collaboration between our President, Luca Molteni, and the proprietor of Hotel Il Perlo Panorama, Carlo Sancassano, who both realized the potential for investing in the growing market of cycling tourism in Lake Como. At the time Luca, a lifelong cyclist and former professional racer, had observed many cycling tourists riding in the area, but losing their way on the local roads. During one Sunday ride with the CEO of Mapei Sport, Mr Georgio Squinzi, Luca discussed with him the idea of founding a sport association dedicated to helping foreign cyclists ride and enjoy the roads of Lake Como. Mr Squinzi smiled enthusiastically and agreed to be a long-term supporter of Luca's idea.
In addition to running Hotel Il Perlo, Carlo was also working with the tourism office in Bellagio and recognized the potential for providing hospitality and cycling services for guests on Lake Como. When they met, Luca had just started the ComoLagoBike sports association (ASD), a non-profit sports club, with a group of friends and they had six bicycles that needed a place for tourists to rent. Carlo was more than happy to provide free space at Hotel Il Perlo and as they say the rest is history.
Luca and Carlo's collaboration brought together both the cycling guide and rental bike services of an accredited Italy Bike Hotel to offer accommodations, meals, and holiday planning to create a full cycling retreat for visitors from all over the world. Carlo's wife, Enrica, has also been part of the team since the beginning, managing the business and booking services for all our guests so when you contact us she's typically the first person to help put your dream holiday into motion and to also follow up once you're home.
ComoLagoBike started small with only six rental bikes, but over the years the fleet has grown to over 40 bikes including beautiful carbon fiber Bottecchias, mountain bikes, and e-bikes maintained by our bike shop partner, Quality Bike Merone. When you pay for one of ComoLagoBike’s professional services, such as a guided tour or bike rental, your 5 euro fee makes you a member of ComoLagoBike and the money goes straight back to the ASD to reinvest in its services, so all of our guests over the years have directly invested in who we are today.
Mapei Sport continues to be an important sponsor and is why we proudly wear the famous Mapei logo and colored blocks on our ComoLagoBike cycling kit. They also offer special guests the opportunity to visit their sports training facility near Milano, and they have even introduced their clients like Cadel Evans to our community.
Luca and Carlo's long-standing relationships in the region and in the cycling industry, such as Mapei, Selle SMP, and DAMA mean that when you visit you will enjoy an authentic Italian cycling experience. The Lake Como cycling community is a tight-knit one and our guides are long-time friends who are often former UCI professional racers who have retired and returned to their home in the Lombardia region. Who better to show you our roads and trails and share stories than those who have raced and trained here their whole lives? We cannot wait to see where will we be in another 10 years. Grazie mille for planning your trip with ComoLagoBike and helping us to map those new roads together!