The Italian Alps are distinct from the French peaks to the west, the Austrian and Swiss mountains to the north and the Dolomites to the east. The region around Bormio holds three of European cycling’s giant passes: the Mortirolo, the Gavia and the biggest of them all, the Stelvio. At a whopping 2,757 metres above sea level, this is Italy’s highest paved pass, and second only to the Col de la Bonette in the whole alpine massif.
The GF Stelvio Santini offers one or two of these monsters, giving the finisher some serious bragging ability upon his or her return to humanity. The beginning of June is pretty early in the season to come this high, and poor weather is more than a possibility. You need to like it difficult to enjoy this event, but if that’s what turns you on, this is a significant feather in any cyclists’s cap, and a great opportunity to bag three icons in one ride.
A serious event for serious riders, but the reward for completing it is immense.
One of the world's best mountains. The Stelvio is tough at any time, doing it after the Teglio & Mortirolo is heroic!
Bormio, the host town for this event, is tough to get to (almost a 3 hour transfer from Milan) so make the most of your visit to this cycling spot by riding the other classic climbs the days before on our guided warm up rides. The Gavia is 25km and tops out well over 2,500m - anywhere else in the world this would be the feature climb. We also take in Bormio 2000, Cancano & ride parts of the route.
Our base is the pretty spa town of Bormio. Have a drink with cyclists from around the world or check out the famous hot springs. A great town to relax after a tough ride.
A chance to climb the Stelvio and Mortirolo in one epic ride! There is something for everyone with 3 routes available. With some beautiful warm up rides and the Spa town of Bormio to enjoy this promises to be an unforgettable weekend.
Arrival day. Transfers leave Milan Linate (LIN) at 11.30, please arrange flights to arrive at least 30 minutes before this. The drive is approx 3 hours to Bormio. Our mechanic is on hand to build bikes before we take a short (45km) spin to Cancano.
Warm up ride one: after breakfast we ride the classic Mortirolo / Gavia loop. You have two options on the Mortirolo, the "easy side" (14km at 8%) from Grosio or the hard way up from Mazzo.
A shorter warm up ride taking in some of the best local climbs including Bormio 2000. After the ride we collect race packs and prepare for the Granfondo.
Granfondo day! Early breakfast and then it's you vs the Stelvio (and Mortirolo).
Departure day. We leave Bormio at 12pm to get back to Milan Linate at 3pm. Please arrange a flight 2 hours after 3pm.
There are three routes for the sportive each finishing with the climb of the Stelvio. The short route is 60km - a short spin down the valley and then a long climb. The medium route includes the Teglio climb as part of a 120km there and back before the last climb and the long route, 151km, includes the Mortirolo and a long drag back to Bormio before the the Stelvio.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 151
Elevation gain: 4058
Ride Distance: 138
Elevation gain: 3053
Ride Distance: 60
Elevation gain: 1950
The sportive is based in Bormio. The most common way of getting there is flying to Milan (either Malpensa or Linate) and driving three hours to Bormio. Transfers are available. The other option is to break up your journey and spend a couple of days in Lake Como taking in some of the great riding there. Check out our dual location packages.
Race packs can be picked up on the morning of the event and for the two days before at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio in Bormio.
The sportive starts at 7am with grids opening from 6.15am in central Bormio. The finish is at the top of the Stelvio where you can collect your bag and add layers before the descent back to Bormio.
Package info to come in June 2018
All Packages Include:
4 Nights Half Board at 3* Hotel
4 Nights Half Board at 3* Hotel