Custom Cycling Trips
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Dream big. Go on: let your imagination run wild. Where do you want to ride? What else do you want to do there? Wherever it is, whatever it is, we’ll make it happen in Sommet style. Dream custom cycling trips, created with local knowledge and insider expertise.
Choose a custom fully supported cycling trip, and we’ll be with you all the way. Or ride with our Sommet guided service: we’ll build an inspiring bespoke itinerary that’s self-guided but stress-free. Your adventure, delivered with Sommet’s experience, creativity and flexibility.
Don’t know where to start? Chat to us and we’ll work out what makes you tick: whether it’s adrenalin-charged descents and Michelin-star dining or harder hill climbs and home-cooked meals, on tarmac, gravel or both, we’ve got it covered. In the meantime, here’s some custom cycling trip inspiration from roads we’ve ridden and loved…
BORMIO AND BEYOND: MORTIROLO, STELVIO AND GAVIA
Italy’s Bormio is a real hotbed of cycling activity: hill-climbing heaven in the high mountains. It’s nestled at the base of both Stelvio and Gavia, so you can choose which one to suffer up on any given day. Take the ‘easy’ route up to the Stelvio pass and you’ll still climb over 20km, with umpteen hairpins, coming out above the snowline. The ride options from here are seemingly endless. Up and over into Switzerland via one route – the landscape changing instantly – then back over the hard side to Bormio. A new day, another epic loop as you head over Gavia, Mortirolo and beyond. Then there are lakes, plenty more passes, picturesque villages and of course countless cafés, plus great, gutsy Italian family food. We never tire of coming back here.
LOMBARDIA AND LAKE COMO
More of Italy’s iconic rides in the heart of Lombardy, around Lake Como, towards Bergamo and tracing parts of the famous Giro di Lombardia. The climb to La Madonna del Ghisallo – church of the patron saint of cycling and home to the Museo del Ciclismo – takes you up and above glittering Lake Como. Ride back off down the other side, before pitting yourself against the Muro di Sormano. This 2km titan may be short, but boy is it steep, with an average gradient of about 17%. With some stretches hitting 25%, even the pros have been known to push up here through those falling leaves in autumn. You could also combine this region’s amazing roads and scenery with a few days in Bormio, for a longer trip.
SAN GOTTARDO: A SWISS ALPS SPECTACULAR
Switzerland might not the first place that springs to mind when you think of cycling culture – but it’s special. Take massive mountains, add efficient Swiss engineering, and you get amazing mountain roads to climb. The St Gotthard Pass is spectacular: the old Tremola road provides a hypnotic cobbled climb up to over 2,100m, via serpentine hairpins and jaw-dropping bridges – and thanks to more recent engineering feats, a tunnel now makes Tremola traffic-free, leaving it just for us cyclists. Paradise. We rode it last year and we were blown away. It nicely links to the Furka Pass, another climb in excess of 2,000m – this time on super-smooth tarmac. So good, they shot a Bond film here.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES: LUCCA AND SAN SEBASTIAN
A last couple of ideas, back from the high mountains, to remind you that you can still push yourself to your limits based in lower terrain. Lucca in Italy and San Sebastian in the Basque country of Spain are both beautiful, historic towns, with a reputation for world-class cuisine. They’re rich in cycling heritage, too.
The region around San Sebastian has bred many a brilliant Spanish cyclist. Riding there is a real pleasure. The Pyrenees’ west-end terrain– steep, tough climbs, lush green vegetation – combined with characteristic Basque passion is a natural recipe for cycling (and culinary) success. Likewise, Lucca hosts and nurtures cycling legends from far and wide – it’s Italy’s answer to Girona. Another captivating walled city, surrounded by tough climbing, rolling countryside and coastal pleasures. And there is a leaning tower close by to roll past if you fancy.
ON YOUR BIKE…
These are just a few ideas from our recent road-cycling tours: we’ve been on many a gravel-riding adventure too, so if that’s your thing, let us know.
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