After the success of our first Women's Week in 2016 we're thrilled to offer it again in 2018. Come solo or take your girlfriends with you and prepare for a week making new friends and enjoying la dolce vita on two wheels in Lake Como! Hotel Il Perlo and ComoLagoBike are waiting to show a you Italian cycling hospitality Lago di Como style - that means a lot of riding, even more scenic beauty, a dash of cycling history, copious amounts of laughter, and a dozen amazing women falling in love with this cycling wonderland. The early fall is a perfect time for riding on Lake Como - sunny but cooler weather, less crowds, and more open roads for us to explore together!
Each day we'll enjoy a casual morning, sleeping in and enjoying breakfast on the stunning Hotel Il Perlo patio with the most breathtaking view of Lake Como. Then at 10 a.m. we'll saddle up on our Bottecchias for a few hours of riding along the lake or in the surrounding hills. Every ride will include scenic photo opps, obligatory caffè stops, and some of the best riding you've done in your life. One of our first rides will include a required pilgrimage to the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, a shrine to the patron saint of cyclists as designated by the Pope in 1949, and its neighboring Museo del Ciclismo that houses thousands of historic cycling memorabilia. After our return, the afternoons and evenings will be spent relaxing, enjoying a villa tour, shopping, or attending a local cycling community event. And of course, enjoying the local Italian cuisine, wine, and all the gelato you want - you earned it!
Your immersion into Lake Como cycling begins with our Cycling Manager and Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer, Alberto Elli, and will include our other local ComoLagoBike guides such as former Giro Rosa racer, Patrizia Redaelli, Maglia Rosa jersey wearer, Gabriele Bosisio, and the man with the biggest smile in Lake Como, Emanuele Margutti. What kind of rides will we do? Jaw dropping ones! Lakeside rambles, climbs into the Alp foothills, maybe even pop over to Switzerland. Each morning the guides will discuss potential routes with the group, assessing how we feel and of course the weather. Rides at the beginning of the week will give us a lay of the land and get our legs loosened up, with a goal for more challenging rides towards the end of the week. Will we ride every day? Yes if you want to! No one has to ride every day, and if you need a rest day you are welcome to enjoy il dolce far niente.
Is your interest piqued? We hope so! Supporting women’s cycling and empowering women to travel is a pillar of our business so we want you to be part of that journey. For more details on the Women’s Week please see the website of our U.S. Ambassador, Jill, who is helping to organize the event and contact us with any questions.