July is the right period for the big peaks. In our Stelvio bike tours, an incredible list of climbs, the most important of Europe. Together with the classic “ReStelvio”, July 12th 2015 - 31st edition, ItalianVeloTours and Stelvio experience are happy to announce 7 days trip of challenging and fun climbing in Alta Valtellina. You will be able to experience the greatest climbs of the Giro d’Italia and other unknown ones but beautiful as the famous ones in our Stelvio bike tour. Foscagno, Cancano, Bernina… between Italy and Switzerland, enjoying the 4.000 western alps massifs.
In our Stelvio bike tours, you will be guided by expert local guides and supported by van. With all your friends and participants we will reach the top of Stelvio by both sides, or climb Gavia and Mortirolo. It will be hard, but absolutely not impossible.
A week long of biking scheduled with great and beautiful climbs from mondey till friday. Sunday will be a free day, if you want you will be able to participate to the “ReStelvio”. The Stelvio climb will be climbed by both sides. Every day scheduled could vary due to weather forecast change.
The price includes: 6 nights hotel, half board, with double hotel room (single hotel room extra coast 40€ daily), 1,60€ daily taxes per person, water during meals, big breakfasts and all the comforts from the hotel. (free wifi, swim pool, gym, spa, sauna, tennis court, soccer field, discount for “Bormio Terme”)
What’s included in the price of our Stelvio bike tours:
- daily biking with expert guides (not in august)
- a safe storage to park your bike
- workshop equipped
- washing service for your bike gear
- snacks once back from the biking (from 14.30 till 16.30) (not in august)
- washing area
- support van
- lunch pack with sandwiches, fruit, water
- paper map and way points for you gps
- road guides or mtb guides (you can ask more than one)
- a special discount at “Mapo Bike” shop and “Ski and Bike”
- medical assistance
What’s not included in the price:
- transfer to/from Bormio
- Massage and Fisiotherapist
- van with bicycle trailer
- Gps Garmin rent
You must register and pay 30% of the price in advance before the 15th of June
|Passo Del Mortirolo (1852m)|
Bormio is located at about 1225 m high, has 4100 residents and a particularly favorable climate. The large and important center of Bormio reveals a long history that binds to that of the neighboring municipalities of Valdidentro, Valdisotto and Valfurva, as that of the Stelvio pass. Today's notoriety Bormio and its valleys, called the Magnificent Earth, is primarily due to Ski and Spa, which have impressed a strong tourist development, but there are many other exceptional resources throughout all the year.
Passo dello Stelvio |
At the beginning of the 19th century the emperor Francis I of Austria took a new road that would connect the Venosta through the Valtellina directly with Milan, at that time under Austrian domain. The task was entrusted to the Chief Engineer of the province of Sondrio, Carlo Donegani (1775-1845), expert of high mountain road engineering and creator of Splugen Pass. The work began in 1822 and involved a large amount of workers, engineers and geologists. After only three years, the job was done in 1825. In terms of cycling, the Stelvio pass is a long Alpine climb, high altitude, with slopes of medium difficulty. It’s a fascinating and challenging climb from all three sides (Italians and Swiss).
The most difficult side is the Italian-Tyrolean, which starts from Prato allo Stelvio (915 m s.l.m.), it goes up for almost 26 km with gradually increasing slopes (about 11% in the last kilometer). The first part of the climb (first 8 km) is the most ridable one with slopes steep around 5%.
After the junction for Solda, it starts 48 hairpin bends with a steep average around 8-9%. You climb up passing by Trafoi, to reach the pass where the last few kilometres are harder than the previous ones. The average gradient is almost of 8%, maximum steep average gradient is 11%, for a total drop of more than 1800 m.
From the Lombardia side, the climb starts from Bormio (1225 m s.l.m.), it has less gradient, is about 21.5 km and has 36 hairpin bends. The average gradient is slightly higher than the 7.1%, with peaks of more than 10% steep average, for a total drop of more than 1500 m.
The high altitude reached and the subsequent rarefaction of air further complicate the climb. The third access to the Passo begins from Santa Maria Val Mustair (1375 m s.l.m.) in the municipality of Val Müstair.
The stelvio was included for the first time in the run of the tour of Italy in 1953 and was the scene of one of Fausto Coppi’s last big challenges: in the penultimate stage, from Bolzano to Bormio, Coppi the champion pulled away the leader, the Swiss Hugo Koblet and won the pink Jersey, his fifth and last Giro.
Passo Di Gavia (2618m) |
The Gavia Pass (2,621 m) connects the Valfurva, alta Valtellina and with Val Camonica, then the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia. Near the Pass, you can find and it’s unique in Italy, a patch of Arctic Tundra, wreck of the last ice age, covering an area of about 400 square metres, lying on small bumps moraine.
It is therefore an area of high natural value, and to equally high vulnerability, which deserves a consideration and a more in-depth description. Climb the Gavia Pass is a great classic, long alpine ascent, with long important altitude and elevation, with medium-high steep routes from the Ponte di Legno side. It is a very popular destination by cyclists in summer.
Less hard (longer, but less steep) on the opposite side from Bormio-Santa Caterina Valfurva. Represents one of the historical climbs. It has been Cima Coppi from the “Giro d’Italia” for 7 times. The first ascent was in 1960, when Vicentino Imerio Massignan, reached the peak solo but he had to stop for two tires puncture and so Charly Gaul from Luxembourg, won it.
The path and the daily program is indicative and may undergo small variations for safety reasons and/or viability.