Ride distance: 60 km
Ride Elevation gain: 950 m
Who doesn't want to invade Switzerland by bike? There are two routes to Lake Lugano. Our Medium ride is the shorter 60 kilometer and 950 vertical meters route, and there is also the Hard and longer 85 kilometer and 1,400 vertical meters ride. Both offer you a ferry ride to the west side of Lake Como and its picturesque villas, then a beautiful gradual climb through an alpine valley past churches perched on hillsides and small villages with quaint cafès, you can almost hear the cowbells high in the hills. When we finally cross the border into Switzerland, it's a dramatic descent to Lake Lugano where you'll notice a distinct difference from Lake Como. Which lake do you prefer? We know ours!
The longer route loops around the far side of Lake Lugano and through its namesake town, while the shorter route heads straight to the north end of the lake. From there it's a quick return back to Italy and the descent to Lake Como where we'll catch the Cadenabbia ferry to Bellagio.
This ride is perfect for: Road cyclists with medium to high level of fitness who would like to try a long gradual Italian climb plus a sense of adventure going to Switzerland.