Stelvio Santini

Bormio - 2nd June 2019

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About Stelvio Santini

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 people, but the reward for completing it is immense.

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

The Routes

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.

Long Route 151km

A real challenge of a route featuring the very tough Mortirolo as a warm up to the Stevlio.

DISTANCE  151 Km       ELEVATION  4058 M.
Stelvio Santini Long Route 2017

Medium Route 138km

While the main climb is the Stelvio, the first 120km along the valley and then a long drag back to the start of the Stelvio should not be underestimated.

DISTANCE  138 Km       ELEVATION  3053 M.
Stelvio Santini Medium Route 2017

Short Route 60km

A relatively short spin along the valley to keep legs fresh for the long ascent of the Stelvio.

DISTANCE  60 Km       ELEVATION  1950 M.
Stelvio Santini Short Route 2017

Where to Stay


There is really only one town to stay in for Stelvio Santini. Bormio is a classic bike town with plenty of bike shops, restaurants & bars. If you are here for more than a couple of days there are other great rides in the area including the Gavia and the other side up the Stelvio. The sportive starts here and registration is here as well so it makes the perfect base for Stelvio Santini.



Getting There

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.

Documents Required

Signed medical certificate, print out of your race number & ID

What to Pack

There is a bag drop at the start which you can pick up at the top of the Stelvio. 2,757m in early June is cold and you will need warm clothes for the descend.


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.

Start & Finish

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.

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