There are some road cycling routes that are simply iconic. You only need to see an image of this amazing road to understand why the Stelvio Pass is one such Italian road cycling legend.This mountain pass on the border between Italy and Switzerland rises to an elevation of 2757m and twists and turns like no other Italian cycle route, as it works its way up the steep mountain scenery.
We’ve started this cycling route in the town of Bormio, which is an excellent base for a few days cycling in the Italian mountains. The route can be ridden in a different ways; either dropping down the Passo Umbrail to Santa Maria and climbing back up the iconic switchbacks of the Stelvio, or dropping down the Stelvio once climbed from Bormio, with a final ascent of the little known but impressive Passo Umbrail. Whichever you choose, it’s a tough day on the bike, which can be shortened by driving to a different start point in order to cut down on the miles. Either way, you’ll have a brilliant day cycling in the Italian mountains and have tackled one the greatest road cycling climbs in the world.
Every keen road cyclist should visit this amazing country, because road cycling the Italian Passes is a trip of a lifetime, and the Stelvio Pass road cycling route should be on every cyclists tick list.
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Climbing the Stelvio on both sides
This Italian road cycling classic route starts in the beautiful mountain town of Bormio and climbs the Stelvio Pass, then dropping down the Umbrail Pass to Switzerland, before ascending the Stelvio again via the iconic hairpin switchbacks.
Distance and Ascent: 100km and 4256 metres of ascent
Refreshments: Cafe possible at 12km and a selection of cafes available at the summit.
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