Bike Tour Passo Stelvio Riding the Climb from Bormio
PASSO STELVIO FROM BORMIO BIKE CLIMB | ITALIAN ALPS
Cycling Passo Stelvio from Bormio is not as famous of a climb as riding the northern side, but it still offers an epic challenge for a bike rider and a must do if you are bike touring the Alps of Italy. The climb from Bormio to Passo Stelvio is just over 3 km shorter than the 27 km northern side, and has an average grade is just over 7%, however this ride is completely different and is just as challenging as bike touring from Prato da Stelvio.
WHAT IS THE PASSO STELVIO FROM BORMIO BIKE CLIMB LIKE
For me riding this side of the Passo Stelvio is more of a mental challenge, rather than physical, due to the enclosed nature of the climb. I always felt I was riding in a box, there are some great views from time to time, but none of the open vistas you get on many of the climbs in Italy. Right after the town of Bormio you turn right and start climbings, the first section is a steady climb that quickly brings you up to 1700 meters, I feel the second section starts at the old tunnels. Be sure to have a light on your bike, not so much to see through the tunnel, but to alert descending cyclist and cars. During this tunnel section, you are also in the steepest average grades of the climb, but they last only 2 km. The third section starts after Malga Stelvio and the water fall of Braulio, here you have the last overlayed switchbacks to ride. This is the most enjoyable part of the climb, and you finally have some great scenery to take your mind off the effort.
HOW TO GET TO THE PASSO STELVIO FROM BORMIO CLIMB
If you are not planning to ride in the Bormio valley, a great way to do the Passo Stelvio ride is an over and back from the Prato da Stelvio side. You will find Bormio in the Lombardy Region, there are plenty of bike hotels in the town to use as a base for your riding. If you come from Passo Tonale you can ride the Passo Giave to reach Bormio and then ride Passo Stelvio. Riding up the valley to Bormio is possible, and there is a marked bike route that is used to reach Passo Mortirolo, but be warned it is not an easy ride and you have quite a bit of climbing to do to reach Bormio.
PASSO STELVIO FROM BORMIO BIKE TOUR DETAILS
|MOUNTAIN GROUP||Ortles Alps|
|ELEVATION AT START||1215 meters a.s.l.|
|ELEVATION AT ARRIVAL||1758 meters a.s.l.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||1543 meters|
|TIME TO RIDE||
Excurionist 2 hr 30 minutes
Cycle Tourist 2 hours
Semi Pro Rider 1 hr 25 minutes
Pro rider 1 hour 6 minutes
|SPECIAL NOTES||Do not do this ride without proper warm gear, even though the valley can be warm at elevation you can find severe weather, arm warms, full finger gloves, and leg warmer should be in your pockets or utilize vehicle support.|