Climbing is one of the most important and difficult, parts of cycling. It’s really hard, but it’s also the most rewarding part of this sport.
When it come to cycling in Italy, the Alps offer to the cyclists some of the best road cycling climbs . The local people will say that the Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. They are full of legendary climbs with years of Giro d'Italia history. If there’s one thing a Dolomites ride will never, ever be – it’s boring. There isn’t a lot of flat, or certainly it's difficult to find it.
Here’s still more just outside the border of what is technically the Dolomites . Giants such as the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo are often considered a part of this climber’s Italian paradise due to their proximity. These Italian climbs surely are on the every amateur's bucket list who loves climbing and isn’t a big fan of flat expanses.
The altitude profiles for all the major climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano
While the Alps remains a playground for pure climbers and the mountain goats, the beauty of Northern Italian Lakes, for riders of all levels, is its accessibility: there are few climbs here that will prove too difficult for the average rider.
However take a look at the charts below if you want to tie challenging road cycling climbs with undulating routes in the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Pre-Alps. We have designed rides which can involve these climbs. They all are paved and some ones start from the shores of Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.
The town of Varese (a short 40 minute ride to Malpensa airport and a short 60 minute ride to Milan) and the village of Colmegna on Lake Maggiore are our bases and the places from which to explore the area around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and the arduous climbs in the deeply wooded hills.
Strava cycling segments around Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano
Strava is a social fitness network, that is primarily used to track cycling and running exercises, using GPS data. Segments are one of Strava's coolest features. They are portions of road created by members where the riders can compare times. Of course climbing segments were created.
You can see the the Strava segments for the toughest climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, hoping that one day you will have the opportunity to climb up them and coast down them. You’ve probably never heard of them, but there’s some massive and excellent climbs in the area.
You can know who are the Kings of the Mountain (KOM) or the Queens of the Mountain (QOM). There are pro and amatuers, Italians and riders coming from all over the world.
You can also see the the Strava segments for the UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine's main climbs.
What’s your favorite climb around Lake Maggiore or Lake Lugano?