Dallaglio Cycle Slam 2018
27 May - 14 June 2018
FRANCE // SWITZERLAND // ITALY // SLOVENIA // CROATIA
DAY 6: 3RD JUNE - COMO TO BERGAMO
96km / 1622m
The beginning of the second stage sees us leave the Italian cycling hotbed of Como and make our way in the first instance to the cyclists’ chapel at Ghisallo. The Madonna del Ghisallo is a small chapel filled with memorabilia from years gone by and is a must-see for any keen cyclist. After a quick stop here we take the lake-side road down towards Lecco taking in our fourth lake of the trip and first of stage two. From Lecco we roll over one or two slight lumps before entering Bergamo.
156km / 3314m
After leaving Bergamo on some traditional Roman roads, we soon get off the beaten track and make a pretty direct way towards Rovereto. Whilst there is a lot of climbing today, it is pretty evenly spread over the entire 156km with one or two surprises towards the end. We get a great descent down to the shores of Lake Garda, lake number five, where we have a glimpse of the lake before we have to take a short climb up out of the town and to Rovereto where we finish after a great descent.
145km / 2635m
Probably the toughest day of the event today, as we have two pretty punchy climbs to get over. The first climb, coming immediately after breakfast isn’t too bad but it does drag on at 14km long with a slight lull in the middle to help recuperate. A twisty descent follows and a short roll on the flat before we get off the busy roads and hit the hills once more. Climb number two today is possibly the toughest that the Dallaglio Cycle Slam has encountered, the Passo Fitanza at 14km and an average of 9% doesn’t sound too bad but the sections of 20% will definitely be notable. From the top of here it is downhill all the way to Vila Bartolomea and a well deserved beer.
125km / 800m
After yesterday’s exploits, the countryside is being much kinder to us today as we take as direct route as the roads allow to get us to Treviso. The roads are getting busier so we try to take the quieter roads as well as take in some great scenery and get you there with minimal distress. There’s one or two short lumps at around 40km as we meander through a National Park but we are soon out of there and past Padua and on the quiet straight farm roads to Treviso, and home of Pinarello bikes.
132km / 758m
The second day running with the height gain under 1000m so the efforts of earlier in the stage will definitely seem like a distant memory now. Sadly there are no lakes today but plenty of vineyards and flat plains to help keep you inspired as we head towards the end of Stage 2 in the ancient walled town of Udine.