Already two weeks have passed now since our riding excursions with a great group of friends from Sweden.
Patrick, Niklas, Rob and Tomas were able to enjoy 5 glorious days of sunshine, without even the slightest drop of rain!
The first 4 nights accommodation were spent in Domaso at the “Lake Como Beach Hostel”, an excellent structure right on the beach of Domaso.
On our first day we kicked off with Tracciolino a “Classic” of Lower Valchiavenna, a trail built in the 1930’s, about 10 km in length and no less than 22 tunnels dug into the rock overlooking the lower part of Valchiavenna. Connecting the two valleys of Val Codera and Val dei Ratti, the route offers breathtaking views over the Lake of Novate Mezzola and the northern section of Lake Como (extra details on the tour here).
For the second and third days we took advantage of a shuttle to help us on the majority of the climbs.
The first was a climb up the slope of the Costiera dei Ceck, to ride the legendary Braccobaldo (this time we covered an extra stretch, starting 200 m higher than Alpe La Piazza).
Later in the morning, the second ascent by shuttle took us to Val Albaredo to reach Alpe Piazza where, after enjoying an excellent lunch at the lodge, we tackled an endless descent of 1700 m drop to return to Morbegno (tour here).
The next day, was truly a new experience: the first ascent by shuttle to Alpe Giumello, a small ski resort in Val Varrone above Bellano, to embark on a beautiful descent that from 1500 m took us back down to the lake in Dervio.
The second, on the other hand, took us to Mount Legnoncino, a real gem: from the top a breathtaking view and then down, along the trails that descend to Colico, also crossing through areas of historical interest with the presence of numerous trenches of the Cadorna Line dating back to the beginning of the last century.
The fourth day involved another classic and ever popular ride, the tour of Monte Crocione (tour here) with the ascent to Rifugio Venini (partly carried out via cable car to Pigra da Argegno) but without the technical descent of Bocchetta di Nava. Instead we took the mule track that leads from Monti di Nava to Tremezzo, which is nevertheless very beautiful.
From here we moved to the surroundings of Como, to stay in an excellent B & B, “il Colibrì“, in Erba.
On the last day of riding the guys were starting to feel a bit of fatigue from the previous days. We therefore decided to do a good tour that was not too long or demanding.
Consequently, we took the funicular that runs from Como up to Brunate, and then cycled to the Boletto hut to enjoy a great lunch.
The descent along the Pinera trail (one of the Superenduro’s stages) brought us to the grand finale along Como lakeside, to enjoy (yet another!) excellent beer!
What more can we say: the trails of Lake Como, unknown to most riders, really have so much to offer!