Lombardy is home to several famous cycling events that draw riders from all over the world. Here are some of the most notable ones:
- Il Lombardia: Also known as the Race of the Falling Leaves, this one-day race is one of the five monuments of professional cycling. It takes place in October and features a challenging route through the hills and mountains of Lombardy, including the iconic Madonna del Ghisallo climb.
- Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi: Named after one of Italy’s greatest cyclists, this annual Gran Fondo takes place in May and features several routes of varying lengths that take riders through the scenic countryside around Bergamo.
- La Leggendaria Charly Gaul: Named after the legendary cyclist from Luxembourg, this Gran Fondo takes place in September and offers several routes of varying difficulty levels that take riders through the hills and mountains of Lombardy.
- Nove Colli: While not technically in Lombardy, this Gran Fondo takes place just across the border in Emilia-Romagna and is one of the most popular cycling events in Italy. It features several challenging routes that take riders through the beautiful countryside and coastal areas of the region.