1 - Trophy Alfredo Binda on Sunday 19th March 2023
It's a women's professional road bicycle racing event held annually in the municipality of Cittiglio and nearby comunes located within the province of Varese. Running since 1974, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda serves as race of the UCI Women's World Tour.
Cittiglio is Alfredo Binda's hometown. He was the first five-time winner of the Giro d'ltalia and he won three times the Road World Championships.
Learn more: Alfredo Binda and Luigi Ganna
Trophy Alfredo Binda route
Trophy Alfredo Binda takes place on around 130 km. The finish line is always in Cittiglio, while the starting point and the first part of the race course change every year. After an undulating initial route (60 km) the riders tackle a final lap to repeat four time through Brenta, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Orino, Gemonio and finish line in Cittiglio.
Significant climbs: Masciago Primo and Caldana in the first part, Casale di Casalzuigno and Orino in the final lap to repeat four time.
The final lap lies at the foot of Monte Campo dei Fiori.
It is a hilly affair that suits the strongest riders.
2 - Trophy da Moreno on Sunday 19th March 2023
It's a women's junior road bicycle racing event which takes place in the morning on the same roads of Trofeo Binda and serves as race of the UCI Nations Cup Women Junior. The junior athletes compete on a race course a little bit easier.
3 - Gran Premio Città di Lugano on Sunday 9th July 2023
The Gran Premio di Lugano is a one-day race for professionals that is located in the area around Lugano. It's part of the Europe Tour.
Gran Premio di Lugano route
It was held for the first time in 1981 and has since then been held annually at the end of February or the beginning of March, but switched to an early summer in 2017. The Gran Premio di Lugano is a very hilly circuit race completely in Switzerland through Gentilino, Montagnola, Agra, Barbengo, Figino, Carabietta. The circuit both starts and finishes in Lugano and has a total length of 23 km. The route is raced over eight laps of the circuit on the scenic peninsula of Lake Lugano with each circuit climbing Agra village, for a total distance of 184 km.
4 - Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine on Sunday 1st October 2023
You can tackle the long race course: 130 kms. and 1950 m. of elevation gain or the short race course: 103 kms. and 1450 m. of elevation gain. In 2018 Varese hosted the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Gran Fondo World Series Tre Valli Varesine route
The starting point and the finish line are both in downtown Varese.
Here is the race course
The race is over a rolling course with no steep sections or long climbs. The route starts and arrives in Varese close to Palace Estense and its Gardens.
The race course is winding, among the Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore and Lake Varese and you have to to tackle several climbs: Alpe Tedesco, Ardena, Montegrino, Villaggio Olandese, Brinzio and Casbeno. You have to tackle six climbs in the long race course and four climbs in the short race course.
Climbs and descents are generally narrow. The decisive part may well be the Casbeno short climb in the last few kilometres between Lake Varese and the finish line.
Learn more details at 2021 UCI Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine
5. Tre Valli Varesine on Thursday on 3rd October 2023
It's a semi classic European bicycle one-day-race held in Varese for professionals. Running since 1919.
Tre Valli Varesine route
Tre Valli Varesine takes place on around 200 km. The finish line is always in downtown Varese, while the starting point and the first stretch of the race course change every year. Several town of province of Varese have seen starts of Tre Valli Varesine.
After a flat and undulating stretch, the riders takle a few laps in downtown Varese. In Varese they tackle short but demanding climbs.
6 - Tre Valli Varesine Women's Race on Thursday on 3rd October 2023
It was born in 2021. Both Tre Valli Varesine Women's Race and Tre Valli Varesine are organized by Società Ciclistica Alfredo Binda Varese.
7 - Tour of Lombardy on Saturday 7th October 2023
Tour of Lombardy or “Il Lombardia”, is a cycling race in Lombardy for professionals. It's traditionally the last of the five 'Monuments' of the season considered to be the most prestigious one-day races in cycling (Milan–San Remo in Italy, Tour of Flanders in Belgium, Paris–Roubaix in France, Liège–Bastogne–Liège in Belgium) and is the last major outing for the peloton before they take their off-season break.
Nicknamed the “Classic of the falling leaves” or “the Classica delle foglie morte”, it is the most important Autumn Classic in cycling. Running since 1905, it is the Classic with fewest interruptions in its lifetime, with only the 1943 and 1944 editions having to be scrapped because of the war. Since the Worlds were moved from summer to autumn in 1995, Tour of Lombardy is more often than not the first place the new road race world champion gets to show off his rainbow jersey for the first time.
Tour of Lombardy route
Tour of Lombardy takes place on around 250 km. The route usually has some changes every year, sometimes a complete restyling. The route is on roads north of Milan that go around lakes Como, Lecco, Varese, Bergamo. Also the start and finish places change: Milano, Como, Lecco, Bergamo, Varese, Cantù: all those places have seen starts as well as finishes of Il Lombardia.
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The race's most famous climb is the Madonna del Ghisallo climb between the two branches of Lake Como. The summit is something of a mecca for cycling fans, even if it isn’t the most difficult of climbs. Ramps of over nine per cent on its lower slopes and again near the peak are placated by a gentler middle section. The climb is 10,6 kilometres long, with an average gradient of 5.2% and stretches of over 10%.
Learn more: Shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo