There are some roads that are simply iconic. You only need to see an image of this amazing road to understand why the Stelvio Pass is one such road.This mountain pass on the border between Italy and Switzerland rises to an elevation of 2757m and twists and turns like no other as it works its way up the seep mountain scenery.
We’ve started this ride in the town of Bormio, which is an excellent base for a few days cycling in the mountains. The route can be ridden in a few 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 sut down on the miles. Either way, you’ll have a brilliant ride and have tackled one the greatest road climbs in the world.