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Classic Road Cycling Holiday Italian Alps

3 Epic climbs – Passo Stelvio, Passo Gavia & Passo Mortirolo

The Italian Alps, where cycling legends are made, hosts the Giro d’Italia each year. The Stelvio, Gavia and the Mortirolo frequently feature in the Giro. Our road cycling holiday in the Italian Alps showcases these 3 epic climbs perfectly. We stay in Bormio which is situated at the foot of the Stelvio & Gavia and only 20km from the Mortirolo so you can tick off all 3 of these climbs of your bucket list in one trip.

They say the toughest climbs are the ones you’ll remember forever, and the Mortirolo is definitely one of them! An absolute beast of a climb but problably the one I want to go back and ride the most!!

We stay in a 3 Star hotel in Bormio which has secure bike storage, fitted with alarm and video surveillance system and equipped with bike racks, a bike wash area and a small workshop area for maintaining your bike. The Hotel is a family run business, like the Andalucian Cycling Experience, they offer a unique and personal service. As cyclists we want to start the day fueled up and ready to ride and the breakfast at the hotel is opulent, offering a wide range of energy filled options, a perfect way to start your day. After each ride we can relax and soothe our aching legs in the Hotel’s Wellness Centre which has a Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Sauna. Sports massages can be arranged at the hotel upon request.

The terrain is challenging, the scenery simply breathtaking and the riding is epic! You’ll be riding on legendary roads, on epic climbs that are steep in cycling history, this cycling holiday offers the very best of the dramatic Italian Alps. Combine this with the warm Italian hospitality you’ll have a truly unique cycling experience filled with everlasting memories.

Italian Alps Itinerary

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Arrival

Fly to Bergamo Milan Airport. Transfer to Bormio.

Lake Cancana & Passo Gavia

Our first ride is to Lake Cancana with an intro 7k climb to get the legs warmed up for the week. We will then have lunch at a restaurant overlooking the fresh water lake which is surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Italian Alps. We will then descend back into Bormio after lunch. For those of you who want to push themselves a little harder we will then head on up the Passo Gavia.

Gavia Pass (2621 m.)
Distance from Bormio: 26 km
Elevation difference: approx. 1300 meters
Average gradient: 5.4%, maximum: 15%
Difficulty +++

Ride distance

Lake Cancano Only 40k Elevation gain 1000m

Lake Cancano & Gavia 75k Elevation gain 2700m

Passo Stelvio

The Stelvio Pass is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps at an elevation of 2,757m above sea level & is our riding challenge for today. Choose from either an out and back with lunch at the top whilst admiring the stunning views or a more challenging loop where we ride up the Stelvio descend the Passo Umbrial into Switzerland and then we ride the Stelivo a second time from the Swiss side with the 48 switchbacks to the top.

Stelvio Pass (2758 m.)
Distance from Bormio: 22 km
Elevation difference: approx. 1543 m
Average gradient: 7%, maximum: 15%
Difficulty ++++

Ride distance

Stelvio Only 45k Elevation gain 1850m

Stelvio Loop 100k Elevation gain 4000m

Bermina Pass or Passo Gavia

If you opted out of the Gavia climb on Monday then this is your opportunity to ride up this iconic climb. We ride to Santa Caterina at the foot of the Gavia before the climb really starts to kick up to the top. The bottom half is wooded and as we break out of the woods the gradient kicks up all the way to the top.

The Bermina Pass in Switzerland is 34km long. We leave Bormio and descent to Tirano where we cross the boarder into Switzerland and start climbing passing the beautiful Lago di Poschiavo. This climb does seems to go on forever! Atfer we finally reach the top we will have lunch back in Italy at the Ski station above Livigno before we descend into Livigno and riding back to Bormio.

Gavia Pass (2621 m.)
Distance from Bormio: 26 km
Elevation difference: approx. 1300 meters
Average gradient: 5.4%, maximum: 15%
Difficulty +++

Bernina Pass (2328 m.)
Distance from Tirano: 33.5 km
Elevation difference: approx. 1878 meters
Average gradient: 5.5%, maximum: 12%
Difficulty +++++

Ride distance

Gavia Only 52k Elevation gain 1700m

Bermina Pass 125k Elevation gain 3300m

Rest Day in Bormio

A rest day gives you the chance to discover Bormio which is famous for it’s Thermal Spas. We recommend that you take the opportunity to indulge yourselves at one of the many Thermic Spa’s in Bormio. Many have an outdoor pool so you can relax and unwind whilst taking in the beautiful views of the Italian Alps. Alternatively, a cheeky ride up the Stelvio for those who just can’t get enough of this iconic climb.

Livigno

After a restful day in Bormio we ride to Livigno where we will stop for lunch before riding down to the stunning Lago de Livigno. This is where the 2 groups separate, those who just riding to Livigno will then return to Bormio, whilst the rest will ride along the lake before crossing into Switzerland where we will ride to Santa Mario before climbing the Passo Umbrial and descending down the Stelvio back ino Bormio.

Livigno Only 75k Elevation gain 2400m

Livigno & Umbrial Pass 110k Elevation gain 3500m

Passo Mortirolo

We save the most feared climb in the Pro Pelaton to the last day…. The Mortirolo!

We descend out of Bormio to Mazzo de Valtellina at the foot of the Passo Mortirolo as we leave the village the first switchback has the number 33, the switchbacks countdown to the top, however, you never know if it’s 2km or 200m between switchbacks! We will pass the Marco Pantani momument on the way up, a great excuse to stop and relieve the pain in your legs for a few minutes, to take photos before finishing the climb. It’s brutal, I loved it, a real battle between cyclist and mountain!

Mortirolo Pass (1850 m.)
Distance from Mazzo in Valtellina: 12.5 km
Elevation difference: approx. 1298 meters
Average gradient: 10.5%, maximum: 18%
Difficulty +++++

Ride distance 80k Elevation gain 2100m

Departure

Time to pack your bags before we head home.

Price

Price 3 Star hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis

€875 per person based on 2 riders sharing a twin/double bedroom

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