About 35 years ago I moved my raw cotton broker/textile business from Milano to Lake Como never imagining that one day my passion for cycling could become my full time job.

I started cycling in the 80’s mainly to train for cross country skiing events. One day, back in 1985, an article in a magazine about an extraordinary event held on Hawaii’s Big Island caught my attention. I wrote to the organizers if I could participate, not knowing I'd be the first from Italy to ever compete in it. So I decided to go. At the time I didn’t realize it would become the most prestigious triathlon race in the world - Kona’s Ironman.

I started Lake Como Cycling in 2005 - the very first road bike rental & touring company in Lake Como.

Recently, Lake Como has been popularized as the second home of George Clooney, but Lake Como is home of several Pro riders and has long been one of the premier cycling destinations in Italy for its many riding choices, its tranquility and beauty found around every corner.

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is un upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the beautiful resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to several examples of Renaissance architecture.

The most popular ride here is to the shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo, part of the Giro di Lombardia and also featured many times in the Giro d’Italia. The church contains a small cycling museum, home to many bikes and cycling jerseys of famous riders of the past and of today. Lake Como borders with Switzerland and nearby lake Lugano is another great place for cycling - the loop around the lake is roughly 80km and the views are second to none. Lake Como is also only few hours away from the iconic Passo Stelvio, the highest road pass in the Italian Alps.

- Pietro Zendali | Lake Como Cycling