Cycling around Lake Garda


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On the Wednesday after the Maratona, Jonny and I rode around the whole of Lake Garda, where we were supposed to be having some R&R with our respective girlfriends (and Millsy).

Despite being told by a local rider at the hotel that the route was 90km, it was in fact 138km, i.e. as long as the Maratona. ‘We’ll see for you lunch’ became ‘See you for dinner’ as the planned 3-hour spin became a tough 4hr45 loop (albeit mostly flat) with 2hrs of time trial thrown in. Diving into the lake in full lycra back in Desenzano, after hammering it in the midday sun, was possibly the highlight of the trip.


I would warn anyone considering riding this loop to beware of the tunnels at the north end of the lake. At best, these are quite narrow but short, but others are much longer, and the worst has no lighting at all. Seriously, it was like riding into a black hole for 20 seconds, and that’s longer than it sounds when you literally can’t see anything. Take lights.

3 Responses to “Cycling around Lake Garda”

  1. Giorgio June 5th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I plan to do it the end of this month. I was told the lake is more like 100 miles. I am told the north end of the lake is hilly particularly on the west side. I have done it by car in the past but didn’t really get a good sense of grade. I have done the Maratona in the past and therefore I can judge your abilities against mine( 7hrs). What were your times?

  2. Al June 8th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    The route we did was 85 miles, although maybe there’s a more scenic route. My time in the Maratona was 6:39 –

  3. Sportstest May 5th, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for this, hoping to do a lap of the lake in the next two weeks, the comment on lights is really useful.

    Much appreciated 🙂

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