MattyP wrote:Lake Como is rather nice & I was lucky enough to ride the region last year & told stories about it here.
Madonna di Ghisallo is a climb worth doing.
Let me know if tyou want to know anything further Kelvin.
kelvinp wrote:bit of a last minute training opportunity will see me in the UK for a week so I am going to take a couple weeks after to have a looksee around Europe. I have no defninte plans other than a few nights in London/Paris then off to somewhere esle so was thinking Italy for some sightseeing and hopefully some riding. I had thought about heading down to Spain to watch some Vuelta but I had to make a decision to confirm my return flights so will be departing from Rome so Italy will mean less time travelling and more time riding (I hope).
So that said, I would much appreciate any suggestions on towns/hotels/bike hire and any ride suggestions, at this point I am planning to hire a bike for a few days. I know outlook has just come back from Italy so come on Anthony and anyone else, any recommendations. I have been goolgeing heaps and there are certainly lots of hotels that can be booked online just looking for experience of those who have been. Also if renting do people normally take shoes/helmet or do you just hire that stuff with the bike.
a quick travel tip if you'd like to do some riding in the Dolomites: Your best bet for a home base is probably the town of Edolo since you can attack so many great climbs beginning there. To the east is the "easy" side of the Gavia and Tonale. To the west is the Aprica, two different ways up the Mortirolo, the Santa Cristina, and the "hard" way up the Gavia. And a third way up the Mortirolo starts right there in town. Best of all, Edolo is the low point of the surrounding area, so no matter where you ride, your day will always end with a ~15km descent back into town. It's a sub-3hr drive from the Milan Malpensa airport, making it that much better. Good coffee, excellent food, and spectacular scenery & architecture abounds there.
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