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Available Months June to September
Nights Available 4 Nights
Stelvio Italy One of the World's Great Climbs

One of the World's Great Climbs

Four days in the Italian Alps featuring classic climbs, local routes & the mighty Stelvio from both sides. Tick some key boxes off the bucket list, discover some great new climbs and relax in beautiful Bormio.

Bike Hotel in Bormio
Return Airport Transfers
Daily Guided Rides
Breakfast & Dinner
Mechanical Support
Optional Extras Bike Rental
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Ride Notes

This is one of the great cycling weekends for climbers. Over 5 days you climb the Stelvio (from both sides), the Gavia & Mortirolo as well as some great local routes that many people find to be their best climb of the trip. Each of the three main riding days are tough with two or three climbs per day and over 3,000m of elevation, but the payoff is riding in a varied and stunning part of the world and ticking off some proper bucket list climbs. Bormio is the perfect town to relax after a ride with some nice ice cream shops, markets and hot springs. Bring strong legs and a big rear cassette for the ultimate Stelvio cycling holiday!

Real Rider Reviews

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. "

Ride Highlights

  • Climb both sides of the Stelvio

    It's one of the world's great climbs. Both sides are completely different and equally iconic.

  • Tackle the Mortirolo & Gavia Double

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the bike... The day after two Stelvios, we dish up the mighty Mortirolo and the stunning Gavia.

  • Ride into Switzerland on the Forcola Pass

    Day three features the longest climb of the trip (35km) into Switzerland and back to Italy on the beautiful Forcola Pass.

  • Relax in Bormio

    Our base for the weekend is the spa town of Bormio. Set in a lovely valley, relax in the hotel wellness centre or the famous hot springs. Check out the old town centre and shops.

Meet the Team


Local Guide

Born and bred 5km from the Stelvio, Christian is not surprisingly a very strong climber. His record time up the Stelvio is 1hr7mins. His main sport is Biathlon for which he used to represent Italy. He also runs a bike shop in his rare time off!



Bormio is Phil's summer home and one of his favourite places in Europe. He is with the group making sure everything has what they need and is on the mountain with spare wheels, gels, bottles and words of encouragement to help you get over these climbs!

Trip Summary

  • 4 Night Breaks
  • Dates available: Every Wed to Sun from June to Sept
  • Total distance: Avg 105km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 3,050m per day
  • Pricing: From £569
  • Bucket List Climbs: Stelvio (twice), Mortirolo, Gavia
Routes Details

Route Overview

We offer 4 night breaks for the Stelvio. On arrival day you can ride the short climb to Cancano before hitting three big days. Each day features 2 or 3 climbs with over 3,000m of elevation.

Stage One - Stage Two

Stage One

From Bormio to Bormio

Ride Distance 100
Elevation Gain 3438

The Queen Stage of our Bormio Weekender. Starting out of Bormio we take the first part of the Stelvio, through the tunnels and over the hairpins before crossing into Switzerland and the Umbrail pass. From here it is a long descent down to Prato for the classic ascent of the Stelvio. This is the most famous side of the climb featuring 48 hairpins over 24km with an average gradient of 7.4%. From the top, you can freewheel all the way back down to Bormio, a glorious 21.5km decent.

Stage Two

From Bormio to Bormio

Ride Distance 106
Elevation Gain 3242

Another absolutely classic ride in the Italian Alps featuring two stunning climbs. Straight out of Bormio we are onto the gentle gradients of the bottom part of the Gavia. This is one of the longest climbs in the area at 25km and topping out at over 2,600m. The climb gets steeper near the top but nothing compared with the next climb, the mighty Mortirolo. This 10km climb AVERAGES 10% with very little let off. Survive this and you have a fast descent and then a flatish ride home to Bormio.

Climbs at Stelvio

Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio)

The "easier" side of the Stelvio possibly. The climb is split into at least four sections with the start featuring old tunnels and a couple of steep sections until you hit the switchbacks. From here there is a saddle to the final kick up to the summit.

Ride Distance 21.5km
Elevation Gain 7.1%
KOM  1hr 04 mins

Passo dello Stelvio (Prato)

The harder side up the Stelvio. This is the side you see on all the pictures, with a near endless run of steep, sharp hairpins - 48 in total. The gradients rarely ease up making this a long, tough and classic climb.

Ride Distance 24.3km
Elevation Gain 7.4%
KOM  1hr 21 mins

Mortirolo (Monno)

A brutal climb in the Italian Alps which Lance Armstrong said was the hardest in cycling. The gradients hit 10% and rarely ease up for 10km, even the corners of the hairpins are steep. The ride is much lower than the Stelvio / Gavia so the views are less impressive, you wont get to enjoy it anyway as you will be using all your energy to grind up this monster.

Ride Distance 9km
Elevation Gain 8%
KOM  20 mins 50 secs

Passo Gavia (Bormio)

Another classic climb coming out of Bormio climbing to way over 2,000m. The start of the Gavia is gentle as you snake through the valley and then it picks up with some steeper gradients into the remote high mountains. Stunning views throughout makes this a very enjoyable ascent.

Ride Distance 24.8km
Elevation Gain 6%
KOM  1hr 10 mins

Stelvio Cycling Itinerary

Our Stelvio breaks run every Wednesday to Sunday from June to September. We arrive early on Wednesday in time to set bikes up and going for a quick spin and leave late morning on Sunday allowing for a very early ride if wanted while still getting you home at a reasonable hour.


Day One Wednesday


Arrive at Milan Linate before 10.30am for the transfer to Bormio. We arrive for around 2pm where our mechanic will be waiting to help build bikes. After check in to the hotel you have time to go for a warm up spin (we recommend the short climb to Cancano) before our welcome dinner at 7.30pm with a brief on the week.

Ride Distance 33 km.
Elevation Gain 911 m.

Day Two Thursday

Stelvio Loop

The queen stage. We start at 8.30am (depending on weather / time of year) and start immediately the climb to the Stelvio from Bormio. From the summit we descend down the Umbrail Pass before a quick lunch stop in Prato. From there, it is just 48 hairpins to the other side of the Stelvio and then a fun descend home.

Ride Distance 108 km.
Elevation Gain 3450 m.

Day Three Friday

Mortirolo / Gavia Loop

Another roll out at 8.30am, we descend down the valley to Grosio where you have the choice of which side to climb the mighty Mortirolo. The first side from Grosio is 14km at 8% or continue to Mazzo for the famous side, 12km at 11%. We meet at the top and then descend and ride to Ponte di Legno for lunch. From here, we climb the Gavia before descending back to Bormio.

Ride Distance 110 km.
Elevation Gain 3420 m.

Day Four Saturday

Forcola Loop

The last of our three huge climbing days. We start with a quick and fun 40km down the valley on quiet roads before turning into Switzerland. The Forcola pass is a 35km climb finishing back on the Italian border before we descend into Livigno for lunch. From there, we have two climbs and two descents home.

Ride Distance 125 km.
Elevation Gain 3265 m.

Day Five Sunday

Bormio 2000

Our transfer home is at 11am so there is time for a very quick last ride if wanted. We head off at 8am up Bormio 2000, a 9.5km climb. Our mechanic is on hand to help with bike packing before we head back to Linate for flights home.

Ride Distance 18 km.
Elevation Gain 700 m.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Milan Linate (LIN) and the drive to Bormio takes just over three hours.


We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Arrive before 10.45am for 11.15am transfer


We leave Bormio at 11am and get to Linate with plenty of time for you to check in with your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Depart after 4.30pm (transfer arrives at Linate at 2pm)


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    One of the world's great climbs. Four night packages with rides up both sides of the Stelvio, over the Mortirolo, Gavia and Forcola. Tick off some massive bucket list climbs and discover some stunning local rides.

    4 Nights

    Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  
    5 - 9th Jun 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £629 Book Now
    Twin Room £1139 Book Now
    12 - 16th Jun 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £629 Book Now
    Twin Room £1139 Book Now
    19 - 23rd Jun 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £629 Book Now
    Twin Room £1139 Book Now
    26 - 30th Jun 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £629 Book Now
    Twin Room £1139 Book Now
    21 - 25th Aug 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £699 Book Now
    Twin Room £1249 Book Now
    28th Aug - 1st Sep 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £599 Book Now
    Twin Room £1099 Book Now
    4 - 8th Sep 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £599 Book Now
    Twin Room £1099 Book Now
    11 - 15th Sep 2019 Hotel Alu Single Room £599 Book Now
    Twin Room £1099 Book Now

    June to September

    4 nights

    Single Room £599
    Twin Room £549
    • Return transfers from Milan Linate
    • 4 nights Half Board Accommodation
    • Mechanical Support
    • Daily rides with local guides & support vehicle
    • Insurance
    • Flights
    • Bike rental