Women's cycling camp
Italian and Swiss
Lakes

A cycling training camp for women only

A weeklong cycling training camp, based in and around the Italian and Swiss Lake District with a group of like-minded girls.
The camp is female only. Both guests and guide.

This brand new camp has been specifically designed for women with average-to-good cycling skills and experience but who wish to improve your cycling skills, socialise with like-minded people and even enjoy discovering the hilly area around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Varese.

It's for you if you are able to ride your bike twice or three times a week and in your tipical ride you’re comfortable doing up to 80-100 km (50-62 mi) with up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) of climbing.
Expect small groups up to 8 girls with a female guide leading the way on the road giving you the flexibility to ride at your own pace especially along the climbs. There is no vehicle support.
All guests will receive access to our digital maps and routes on Google My Maps.

Please contact us with any questions. We would love to hear from you what kind of cyclist you are and what are you really looking for, so we can suggest the right rides for you here and meet your expectations.

Varese is 25 km in a crow flies from Milan Malpensa Airport and can be reached in a 43-minute train ride every hour (no change). How to Get Here

Generally we run a weeklong experience that starts and ends on Saturday in Varese and it's based on two hotels.

You will be staying a few days in Varese and a few days in Colmegna on Lake Maggiore. 7 nights and 6 days of cycling.
On day 3 you will move from Varese to Colmegna by bike and on day 7 you will move from Colmegna to Varese by bike. You will find your luggage in your room when you arrive to hotel.

The natural setting of the Italian-Swiss Lake District offers a variety of climbs and a network of roads good for rides each day.

The rides are flexible offering you the opportunity to ride through back roads, to extend or shorten the ride depending on your fitness level.

Our end goal is to have you as our guest for a lifetime.
On that note, we look forward to seeing you here!

Our brand new cycling experience for women

The area offers a range of cycling routes and climbs to suit a wide range of cycling abilities and skills.

All climbs will be ridden at the riders own pace regrouping at the summit, offering those who want to push themselves further the freedom to do so, and those who prefer to take it easy can do so without pressure.
You will never be left behind.
There are also rugged, remote climbs and secluded villages and minor lakes to discover, allowing you to go back to hotel in the afternoon for the post ride lunch.

Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano
 

The routes showcase the best of the Italian and Swiss Lake District and its huge variety of terrain. Prepare to explore the best lakeside riding and the mountainous roads in between.
Enjoy the rolling and wooded hills of this classic cycling landscape over Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano at the foothills of the Swiss-Italian Alps.
In just a few days, our skilled female guide will show you the best views, coffee stops and “locals-only” hidden gems that our region has to offer.

Learn more about the best tourist attractions around.

2024 Women's cycling camp prices per person in Euro

Double room
€ 1,600.00
Single room supplement
€   280.00

Start location:
Varese
End location:
Varese
Duration:
7 days, 7 nights, 6 days of cycling
Maximum limit:
8 guests - Female riders only
Level of difficulty:
intermediate
Terrain:
rarely flat, mostly undulating and hilly

Avg. daily distance:
up to 80-100 km (50-62 mi)

 

Avg. daily ascent:
up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) of climbing

 

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2024 scheduled dates
Women's cycling camp

May 18th – 25 th 2024
Jun 15th – 22nd 2024
Sep 14th – 21st 2024
Sep 21st – 28th 2024

We need a minimum of 2 people to run our brand-new Woman's Cycling Camp.

Other dates are possible and we'll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 8 guests.

Book with confidence with our flexible: Terms & Conditions

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Included services in Cycling Camp:

  • 3 nights in double room in Varese - 4 nights in apartment room in Colmegna
  • 7 high-calorie continental breakfasts
  • 6 packed lunches, strengthened and protein content snack with bananas and sandwiches
  • 6 post ride lunches when you go back to the hotel
  • 7 dinners
  • Double occupancy as standard
  • A skilled female bike guide
  • Luggage transport when you move from one hotel to another
  • Any travel by ferry or train along the rides
  • The digital map of the routes drawn by us, so you can look at it on smartphone dispaly
  • Safe storage with CCTV for your bike at the hotel
  • Workstand tool bench for basic maintenance
  • Isotonic drinks or water for your ride
  • Washing and cleaning area for bikes
  • Daily laundry service for your cycle clothing
  • Bicycle recovery assistance in case of breakdown
  • Free Internet Wi-Fi

Not included:

  • Bike hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical and physiotherapy services
  • Transfer to and from Airport
  • Entrance fees Castles, Villas, Museums
  • Any extra-beverage and other extras at dinner

Weeklong Women's Cycling Camp
Details / Daily Routes

 

Expect small groups up to 8 riders with a female guide leading the way on the road. The reason is to ensure the best riding. In such a way we can garantee you the best quality and attention. If there are more guests, it is better a split-up in two groups during the daily rides.

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one female guide on the road with the group.
The guide leads the way on the road giving you the flexibility to ride at your own pace expecially along the climbs. There is no vehicle support.

Each day there are two or more ride options available each varying in distance and difficulty.
If you would prefer your rides include more distance, less distance or different climbs then please contact us, we are willing to provide you with rides that meet all your needs. We can change places, distances and climbs if all the people on the same tour agree.

You can see the CLIMBING SEGMENTS ON STRAVA in the Italian and Swiss Lake District on Google Maps.
Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

We generally meet at the bikes at 8.00/8.30 in the morning getting back to the hotel in the afternoon at 14.00/15.00, so you can enjoy a post ride lunch. The rest of the day is relax time. A coffee stop, stops for feeding on the way and for regrouping are suggested during the daily ride. We all together ride on the flats and at your own pace on the climbs, regrouping at the summits.

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1 ~ Saturday - Arrival

Assembling your own bike or delivery of rental bike and pre-tour briefing.

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

2 ~ Sunday

Rides to be confirmed.
The rides are up to 80-100 km (50-62 mi) with  up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) of climbing.
We will select several rides which start from Varese. You can choose from them.

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

3 ~ Monday

Today we move by bike from Varese to Colmegna on Lake Maggiore through the Swiss region of Malcantone, while your luggage will be transfered to Colmegna.
Rides to be confirmed.
There will be more rides to choose from.

Accomodation: Relais Villa Porta in Colmegna

4 ~ Tuesday, 5 ~ Wednesday, 6 ~ Thursday

Rides to be confirmed.
The rides are up to 80-100 km (50-62 mi) with  up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) of climbing.
We will select several rides which start from Colmegna. You can choose from them.

Accomodation: Relais Villa Porta in Colmegna

7 ~ Friday

Today we say goodbye to Lake Maggiore and head to Varese again by bike via Lake Lugano along undulating roads overlooking the coast of the Italian-Swiss lake, while your luggage will be transfered to Varese.
Rides to be confirmed.
There will be more rides to choose from.

Accomodation: Hotel Ungheria Varese

8 ~ Saturday - Departure

Breakfast and departure.

Why a cycling training camp for women only is so special:

 

  • It creates a sense of community between women,
  • Cycling with other women has been proven to improve confidence and motivation,
  • Women tend to be much more supportive of one another.

Even if you’re used to riding with the guys, trying an all-women event can be an incredibly empowering experience and a great way to meet other inspiring ladies. So, whether you’re looking to try something new or get a friend into cycling, this is a great opportunity.
It doesn’t matter what ability level you are, what kit you wear or what bike you ride. Anything with wheels, comfy clothes and a helmet is all you need to get started.

Whether you are a recreational rider, new to racing, or a seasoned veteran, the camp will take you to the next level.

A women's cycling camp between Italy and Switzerland

The region is situated on the Southern most end of the Alps the area, among Lombardy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy) and Canton of Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) and it's probably best known for it’s wonderful lakes and mild Mediterranean climate.

Gorgeous lakeside towns with more than a hint of glamour line the shores of Lakes Lugano, Maggiore and Como, so the area has gained something of a reputation as a rich person’s playground, quite possibly also thanks to its close proximity to fashion capital Milan.

But the region is not actually all about flashy wealth. It’s also a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding mountains and forests as getting off the beaten track and into the wilderness doesn’t take long at all.
The roads following the lakes can get a little busy in the height of summer but there are many easy to access climbs that take you away from the shoreline and deliver views and seclusion between Italy and Switzerland.
The area is well known to European-based Aussie riders. The AIS European Training Centre is located at Gavirate on the the shore of Lake Varese.

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