David Olle and Emma Colson

An Australian company, Topbike has a fully equipped European base and its own fleet of high quality hire bikes and E-bikes.

We specialise in quality cycling tours with small groups and are famous for looking after our clients.

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Base Tour 1: Lago Iseo
'Eat-Drink-Ride'

Marone, Lago Iseo | June 29–July 5 2018

The Topbike ‘Base’ tours are 7 days (6 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route around ‘our’ base town, on Lake Iseo, approximately 100k from Milan.  We’ll ride up to 140k a day (but not every day), starting and finishing in the town of Marone. 

Topbike’s Base Tours use an excellent accommodation house, and visit local and traditional restaurants all around the area.  Deep, local knowledge is put to good use here. (The lakeside town of Marone, situated in the Italian Province of Brescia, Lombardy is Topbike’s European HQ).

We’ll do the climbs of Passo Maniva, Croce Domini, Polaveno, Croce di Marone, Zone, Zeno, Santa Maria Giogo, Via Mala et al.  There’s even an option to climb the Mortirolo, if you’re really keen.  Plenty of great coffee and gelato to be enjoyed en route too.

Tour Price: $3300 (AUD) (Per person)

[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]

Rides will average 60-100k along with >1000m vertical, per day.

7 Days/6 Nights
June 29–July 5 2018 *
  • Destination

  • Tour Start / Finish

    Brescia - Brescia
  • Pick Up

    June 29 - Pickup 11.00am: Brescia Railway Station
  • Drop Off

    July 5 - Drop off 11.00am: Brescia Railway Station
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
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June 29 Day 1 | Brescia to Lago Iseo, Marone B&B

We'll meet at Brescia Railway Station before transferring in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus to Lago Iseo (35k, 1h).
After assembling bikes, we’ll take in a small ride in our local environs, a lap of the lake. At 65k it’s a perfect warm up, without a lot of vertical metres.

Dining

For the next three nights we will stay in a B & B in the centre of town, dining at three different local ristorantes.

Ride: 65km loop, flattish by the lake, < 300m vertical

Terrain: No climbs of significance!

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June 30: Day 2 |

A tour through the grape vines and the wineries south of Lake Iseo is the call for today, just 80k with not quite 1,000m of ascent. All the while remembering, on the way home we’ll have a couple of 18% bites to endure, before hitting the banks of our lake and completing the final 10k home at lake level. Coffee at a railway station en route, and maybe even a picnic somewhere too.

Dining

Local ristorante

Ride: 80km loop, flattish by the lake, >1000m vertical

Flattish for 50k, then 2 bastard climbs.

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July 1: Day 3 |

Today we’ll be heading north of the lake, starting with the bike track up the shores of Lake Iseo. At the top of the lake we’ll continue up to Breno, turn right, and start going up. Over Croce Domini, and Passo Maniva, climbs used in the 2006 Giro, which includes 6k of ‘bianca strada’ (unmade road). Descending off Maniva is pretty special, as there is a gentle descent of 3-4% average, on sweeping bends for 40k. We’ll return to our valley over the short climb of Polaveno (approx 300m of ascent)

Dining

Local ristorante

Ride: 135km loop, < 3500m vertical asc.

Terrain: Two climbs of significance, including one big one first.

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July 2: Day 4 |

We’ll be heading north of the lake, again, but this time by train.  We’ll ride up the valley to Edolo, where we will saddle up and head for Aprica, a gentle climbs for about 15k.  In Edolo we’ll ride past Bar Boomerang (yes, the Italian owner has never been to Australia) we’ll continue down a descent all the way into the Valtellina valley.  Passing through Tirano we’ll turn right before Mazzo di Valtellina, where we’ll start the murderous climb of Mortirolo (14.8 km, 8.3 %), where many riders have been known to lose their sense of humour.
Coming off Mortirolo, we turn right at Monno to roll down to Edolo and return to Marone.  Either by train, car or on the bike for another 62k, if you wish?

Dining

Local ristorante

Ride: > 70km, > 2500m vertical

Terrain: Two climbs, the final one being Mortirolo, which peaks at 18%.

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July 3: Day 5 |

Recovery, with a kicker. Not such a big ride today, re-covering a ride we did on the first day, only this time we’re travelling around the lake in the opposite direction, clockwise. The start of the only climb is almost exactly halfway around the lake, so there is good 30k of flat to warm up. The climb is only 10k, rising just over 600m, so nothing murderous (it’s steeper going the other way). Maybe we’ll stop atop the climb in Parzanica, for a coffee, before descending and returning to Marone.

Dining

Local Restaurant.

Ride: > 82km, > 1500m vertical.

Terrain: One scenic climb, that peaks at 800m.

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July 4: Day 6 |

Zeno loop today, which will take us over Colle Zeno into the Val Trompia valley. We’ll return from there, once again, over Polaveno, finishing with a flat 10k up the lake. This is a compact, but demanding loop. Our most favorite.

Dining

Ride: > 85km, > 2200m vertical.

Terrain: Two scenic climbs, the first one being one that keeps on giving. The 2nd one would not be so bad, if not for the first.

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July 5: Day 7 | Pack-up Day

Pack up day, after breakfast. Drop off point will be Brescia Rail Station, by 11am.
NB: there are many other climbs available, on demand. Just ask!
Highlights:If we do everything planned, we'll have climbed over 10,000 metres, over 10 different mountain passes.
Also worth noting is that there is virtually no car time, as we use the vehicle for back up, and carrying our spare clothing etc. only. So after enjoying breakfast together, for all of those not staying on, it's pack-up time, and off to further destinations, arrivederci!

Tour Location

Lago Iseo and Surrounds, North into the Dolomites

2018 Topbike Base Tour 1 Lago Iseo | June 29–July 5

'Eat-Drink-Ride'

Marone, Italy as our base with rides out north into the Italian Dolomites

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