Topbike Tours - European Cycling Holiday Specialists

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.

+61 415 866 061 (mobile)
PO Box 1717 Collingwood VIC 3066 AUSTRALIA
holiday@topbike.com.au
- SINCE 1997 -

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

Marone (via Brescia), Lago Iseo
Base Tour: Lago Iseo I | June 24-30 2020
Base Tour: Lago Iseo II | July 1-7 2020

The Topbike ‘Base’ tours are 7 days (6 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route around ‘our’ base town of Marone, on Lago Iseo (Lake Iseo). We’ll ride for 2 to 6 hours every day, traversing a variety of loops available to us.

One location, means you unpack just the once, and settle in for the week of fantastic riding, relaxing, eating and drinking lakeside in Italy.

Topbike’s Base Tour uses an excellent accommodation house, and we’ll visit a variety of small local and traditional restaurants all around the area.  Deep, local knowledge and experience lived of the region is put to good use here. We will take you places you won’t find a Google review on.

*The lakeside town of Marone, situated in the Italian Province of Brescia, Lombardy, approximately 100k from Milan is Topbike’s European HQ

Topbike Base Tours - Lago Iseo 'Eat-Drink-Ride' - Cycling Holidays in Italy

2020 Tour Dates

Base Tours Lago Iseo
- 'Eat-Drink-Ride'
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Base Tour I | June 24-30 2020
Base Tour II | July 1-7 2020

Beautiful cycling to be had alongside the Lake from our base on Lago Iseo.

Nearby Climbs

We’ll do the climbs of Passo Maniva, Croce Domini, Polaveno, Croce di Marone, Zone, Zeno, Santa Maria Giogo, Via Mala with plenty of options for ‘extras’ by request. You may not have heard of these climbs but they are beautiful and, best of all, quiet. You’ll visit our local haunts and be treated like a paesano, not a tourist.

Plenty of great coffee and gelato to be enjoyed en route too.

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.

2020 Tour Price: $3550 (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 24-30 2020+ *
  • Destination

  • Tour Start / Finish

    Brescia - Brescia
  • Pick Up

    Brescia railway station 11am: (June 24 OR July 1)
  • Drop Off

    Brescia railway station 11am: (June 30 OR July 7)
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
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2020 Day 1 | Lap of the Lake (June 24 / July 1)

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

Dining

For the duration of the tour we will stay in a B & B in the centre of town, dining at different local ristorantes.

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

Terrain: No climbs of significance!

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2020 Day 2 | Vineyards Loop, home via 18 %er (June 25 / July 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, (or take the flatter option around the base), 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 (if you want).

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2020 Day 3 | Croce Domini (June 26 / July 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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2020 Day 4 | Santa Maria del Giogo - home via Polaveno (June 27 / July 10)

The locals call the Santa Maria climb one of the toughest around. Not due to the total vertical but the steepness of the lower sections. Once we have climbed up to the Santuario at the top we are on a saddle that gives us a view of the two Valleys- Val Trompia and Val Camonica. From here we descend back to Nistisino, and ride a quiet agricultural road, before kicking up a little and dropping back down to the Polaveno descent.
The Polaveno descent has some lovely wide corners and is the location of the most destroyed speed cameras in the whole of Italy. Once at the bottom it’s a short ride along the lake, to return home.

Dining

Local ristorante

Ride: 38km, 1200m vertical

Terrain:

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2020 Day 5 | | Parzanica (June 28 / July 4)

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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2020 Day 6 | Zeno and Passo Croce Bocche (June 29 / July 5)

Today we climb the pass of Col san Zeno to start with. After cresting the top we drop back down to the ski village of Val Palot and climb Passa Croce Bocce.
The descent off this climb is right up there for spectacular rural views, dropping us back onto the Zeno climb and home along the lake again.

Dining

Ride: 60km, 1900m vertical.

Terrain:

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2020 Day 7 | Pre breakky Zone (June 20 / July 7)

Some of you might wish to top off your trip with a pre breakky ride, out the front door and up the ‘Zone’ climb. And for the real hard nuts there is a steep side option just to add another 700m vertical.

Ride: 13km, 550m vertical.

Terrain:

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!

2020 Topbike Base Tour: Lago Iseo

'Eat-Drink-Ride'

Marone, Province of Brescia, Italy is our Topbike base with rides around Lake Iseo and out north-east into the Italian Dolomites.

We’ll do the climbs of Passo Maniva, Croce Domini, Polaveno, Croce di Marone, Zone, Zeno, Santa Maria Giogo, Via Mala with plenty of options for ‘extras’ by request. You may not have heard of these climbs but they are beautiful and, best of all, quiet. You’ll visit our local haunts and be treated like a paesano, not a tourist.
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