Ride With a Pro Cycling Week (SOLD OUT!)

Italy, Lombardy Region, Intermediate Level


Riding with John-Lee is a great experience for clients and it is something that all can enjoy from the advanced to the more intermediate cyclists.

This intermediate level caters for the club or keen cyclists who ride 2-3 times a week and cycles up to 150-200km per week in the summer. When on the flat, average speeds will range from 24-28kmph.

The itinerary for the intermediate holiday includes less climbing and has a focus on enjoyment as well as challenge. John-Lee’s focus for the week will be to make sure clients have fun, as well as giving them feedback on how they can improve their cycling, with his tips and advice for both on and off the bike.

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Price from

Price includes:

  • Return flights from UK
  • 7 x nights 4* accommodation
  • Private airport transfers

*Price based on two sharing

*Single supplement £199


Available Dates: September 3rd-10th  (2016)

  • Level: Challenging
  • Days Riding: 7
  • Duration: 4-5 Hrs per day
  • Total Distance: 450 Km
  • Altitude Gain: 5,500 M
  • Maximum Group: 8



Also Included

  • 7 nights 4* accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Private airport transfers for you and your bike from Milan Linate / Milan Bergamo
  • Daily guided rides with John-Lee
  • Coaching, dietary and nutrition advice
  • Initialled bag
  • Spares
  • Massage x 2 (evenings)
  • Mechanic support
  • Support vehicle
  • Welcome Pack
  • Free Jersey

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (can be purchased)
  • Bike and luggage allowance on your flight (can be added)
  • Rental bikes (available to hire)
  • Meals outside of the hotel arrangements


John - Lee Augustyn, The Pro!

Ex Team Sky rider John -Lee Augustyn has teamed up with Italy Bike Tours to create a week of cycling that will give you the opportunity to ride and feel like a pro.  As you might imagine John – Lee has many stories of riding some of the biggest stage races in the world. Get an insight in to what it was like to ride in the Olympic Road Race at the age of just 21, find out what Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are like to have as team mates, hear how Lance Armstrong was perceived by the rest of the peloton.Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.27.19


Recently retired having left the MTN Qhubeka team John – Lee has embarked on a successful coaching career that has already seen him travel all over Europe to help support riders. Whilst on your dream cycling holiday you will gain tips and coaching from John – Lee on how to improve your technique. Guidance on diet and training as he gives you his inside knowledge of riding for some of the biggest Pro team in the world including of course TEAM SKY


Make an Enquiry and learn more about John-Lee and this exciting once in a lifetime opportunity!

Your Accommodation - 4* Hotel Il Castello

This spectacular hotel is situated in Lovere, overlooking the beautiful lake Iseo.  The hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica Santa Maria Valvendra, Church of San Giorgio, and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Torre Civica and Palazzo Tadini are also within 15 minutes.


Around the Hotel Il Castello is the Sebino; a lake nestled in the backdrop of the mountains, full of wonders to discover and visit.

And then Lovere, its medieval town, its people, its history, arts and culture, represented by the well-known Tadini Academy.

Not far is Vallecamonica, with its natural heritage and its tourist offer, but also the cities of Bergamo and Brescia.

A promise addition, to give life to an experience of true beauty



Each room is equipped with everything you might need to indulge in leisure and disconnect from the rest or keep in touch.

Space is always large, in the living and sleeping areas, terraces and green areas, and the view is beautiful.


Room Amenities

All 9 soundproofed rooms feature WiFi and minibars. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and other amenities include balconies and refrigerators


Hotel Features

This hotel features a restaurant, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool.  Additionally, a health club, a bar/lounge, and a snack bar/deli are onsite.


Day 1, Saturday, Arrival and Warm Up Ride

On arrival you will be met at the airport by one of the team and transported via mini-bus to your hotel in Lovre. No need to worry about your bike if you have brought your own. Relax, grab a coffee whilst one of our mechanics assembles your bike for you. For those hiring one of our bikes you will have plenty of time to take it for a spin and our mechanics will be there to make any changes and tweak the bike so you are comfortable.

There is an opportunity to go out riding in the afternoon to stretch your legs with a steady ride with our Pro, John-Lee, who will give you an insight into the local roads and a safety brief to ensure you are prepared for the coming week of cycling.

Day 2, Sunday Ride, Franciacorte, Vigolo, Lago d’Iseo

On-Bike Statistics: 115 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

After a hearty breakfast you will head off for your first full day of riding. Like all grand tours our start to the week is relatively ‘easy’ but breathtakingly beautiful. John-Lee will lead the group heading around Lago d’Iseo passing some traditional Italian villages on the way. On arrival at the southerly tip of the lake you will head off and cycle through mile after mile of vineyards in one of Italy’s most famous wine regions: Francaicorte.


Living in nearby Ardro, John-Lee will take great pleasure in not only giving you cycling tips, but also some interesting facts about the area as you ride. On leaving Franciacorte you will head back to the serenity of Lago d’Iseo before tackling a short climb of 6km averaging 5.5%. Some of you may be familiar with the name Vigolo as Chis Froome wrote about the climb in his recent book. It is a climb he and John-Lee used when preparing for the Tour de France and an ‘easy’ start to your week of challenging climbs. The descent from Parzanica is a truly wonderful experience as you will have memorable views over the lake and Monte Isola. The final 20 kilometres of your day’s ride back to Lovere will be predominantly flat.

Day 3, Tuesday Ride, Solto Collina, Lago Endine, Lago d’Iseo

On-Bike Statistics: 85 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

After a hearty breakfast, John-Lee will meet you outside the hotel and take you on a fantastic day’s cycling that incorporates the best landscape the area has to offer. If you enjoy lakes, mountains and beautiful villages, then you will love your ride over to Lago Endine.


Starting off from the hotel you will head through historic Lovere taking the road alongside Lago d’Iseo before heading up over the 4km climb to Solta Collina. A beautiful spot with stunning views of Monte Isola (Europe’s largest inland island). The descent will take you to another beautiful, yet quieter less known lake called Lago Endine. Cycling the roads around here is stunning and will leave you thinking “where is everybody?” The ride back to Lovere (via several pretty little towns), will give John-Lee plenty of time to assess your riding and give you tips on how you can improve.

Day 4, Tuesday Ride, Montecampione

On-Bike Statistics: 85 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

It’s not everyday you can say you have ridden with somebody who came 6th in the Tour de France ‘King of the Mountains’ classification. So if you are going to climb one of Italy’s most famous climbs it’s good to have John-Lee there to help and guide you to the summit of 1800m.


From your balcony you will be able to see Montecompione. It dominates the landscape and acts as a constant temptation for local cyclists. Made famous by Pantani and more recently Aru in the 2014 Giro d’Italia, today is the day you get your chance to tackle this monster. Measuring 22km at an average of 7.5% this is sure to test you, but don’t worry there are plenty of places to stop for coffee on the ascent should you need to stop.

Day 5, Wednesday, River Oglio, Breno, Pisogne

On-Bike Statistics: 115 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

Today is a largely flat day with a small climb at the half way point (well you are in the Alps!). For the first time you will ride up Val Camonica, heading north away from Lago d’Iseo. You will have the opportunity to ride on both road and the cycle path that winds itself up the valley alongside River Oglio that feeds the Lake and in turn the River Po.


Along the way you will pass many notable towns and villages including Cividate and Darfo Boario. Our furthest point north is likely to be Breno. Reputed to be one of the most beautiful villages in Italy this is the ideal place to stop for lunch and take some photos. John-Lee will provide some variety on the way back to Lovere and may even take you to his favourite coffee shop!

Day 6, Thursday Ride, Ponte di Legno, Passo Gavia

On-Bike Statistics: 115 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

This morning you will be transported on the short journey from the hotel to Ponte di Legno. The Passo Gavia awaits. At 2652 metres above sea level this epic climb is rightly deemed to be in the 10 top climbs in the world. Something that is surely on everyone’s bucket list. If Montecampione was the starter, the Passo Gavia is the certainly the main course!


The narrow roads and hairpins make this a quintessentially Italian climb, one John-Lee is very familiar with having ridden up it in the Giro d’Italia. Challenging yes, but the achievement of reaching the top is unparrelled. The obligatory photos at the summit will be followed by a careful descent and ride to the mini-bus before you are transferred back to the hotel.

Day 7, Friday Ride, Franciacorte, Vigolo, Lago d’Iseo

On-Bike Statistics: 115 (km), 1,000 (M) elevation gain

Your final day’s cycling in Italy will be a leisurely ride where you will have your last opportunity to gain expert advice from John-Lee and ask him any questions about his time riding for Team Sky and MTN – Qubeka. The ride itself on the final day will be decided in the morning. We will assess everybody’s legs and see how people are feeling before making a decision in which direction to set off in.


High on the agenda for the day will be coffee and brioche and who knows maybe a quick stop into one of the many vineyards in the area to sample a product or two!

Day 8, Saturday, Departures

Time to say farewell after an amazing week of cycling with a Pro!

Private transfers will be available to transport you from your hotel to the airport.


Call us: 01989 477011