ITALIAN ALPS

Ride details

Please note – the below information is a guide and may be subject to change.

Shorter rides are available on each day with details released closer to the time. Please contact us if you have any queries. 

5 nights

4 days cycling

212 miles

32917 ft

approx. £1350

Day 1

Flight to Bergamo Milan

Travel to accommodation (hotel/Airbnb)

Rental bike pick up and check in

Day 2

Bormio - Lago di Cancano - Torre De Fraele - Bormio 2000 - Bormio

Distance - 30 miles (48km)

Climbing - 4966 ft (1514m)

Day 3

Bormio - Passo Gavia - Ponte di Legno - Mortirolo - Bormio

Distance - 71 miles (113km)

Climbing - 10643 ft (3244m)

Day 4

Bormio - Passo Stelvio - Umbrail Pass - Passo Stelvio (Prato) - Bormio

Distance - 62 miles (99km)

Climbing - 10730 ft (3270m)

Day 5

Bormio - Passo Foscagno - Bormio

Distance - 49 miles (79km)

Climbing - 6578 ft (2004m)

Day 6

Check out of accomodation

Transfer back to airport

Flight back to UK

Tour information

After checking into the stunningly beautiful town of Bormio it’s time to pick up the bikes and tour the amazing climbs of the Italian Alps that have graced the Giro d’Italia for many years.

Day 1

Flight to Bergamo Milan
Travel to accommodation (hotel/Airbnb)
Rental bike pick up and check in

Day 2

Bormio - Lago di Cancano - Torre De Fraele - Bormio 2000 - Bormio
Distance - 30 miles (48km)
Climbing - 4966 ft (1514m)

The first day on the bike sees us stay relatively close to Bormio with a trip up to Lago di Cancano and pass Torre de Fraele and the ruins of two old square towers. This was used in the 2020 Giro and has a very similar look to The Lacets de Montvernier although a lot bigger, 17 hairpins giving stunning views of the surrounds as you wind your way up. Once seeing the lake it’s a spin round, back down and into Bormio for some much needed lunch. It’s then onto Bormio 2000 and the ski station, which you can see clearly from the town. A series of hairpins give you a real feel of what Bormio is like as you rise out of the town and up to one of the restaurants by the ski lifts. Not really covered so can be very hot on a good day .

Day 3

Bormio - Passo Gavia - Ponte di Legno - Mortirolo - Bormio
Distance - 71 miles (113km)
Climbing - 10643 ft (3244m)

Now a day to cover two of the Giro’s legendary passes. Firstly Passo Gavia which rises straight out of Bormio, and reaches 2621 m. When we went before it had only just opened with snow banks either side as you reached the summit. This is a real treat, supposed to be the easier side, but has a variety of terrain. A climb of 3 parts, flat, then steep with hairpins through the woods and then finally above the tree lines and open roads. A massive of achievement at the top for a refreshment or two. It’s then a descent into Ponte di Legno a much used side of the Gavia, through the tunnel and some steep declines as we look to scale Mortirolo, this is the easier side of this famous ascent, we can go up from Monno or Edolo to the top, either provide a test and some welcome relief when at the top. A descent down Mortirolo and its 18% drops is hair raising, there is an opportunity to stop and have a photo at the Marco Pantani statue and on reaching Mazzo at the bottom it’s a right turn and through the valley back to Bormio.

Day 4

Bormio - Passo Stelvio - Umbrail Pass - Passo Stelvio (Prato) - Bormio
Distance - 62 miles (99km)
Climbing - 10730 ft (3270m)

A really big day this one. A chance to achieve cycling immortality with the ride up Stelvio straight out of town, onto the Umbrail Pass (in Switzerland) down to Prato for a much needed stop. It’s then the most famous side to climb with endless hairpins and unrelenting gradients to the top. The downhill into Bormio is breathtaking and we have to say this is up there with the best of days we have experienced on 2 wheels. You’ll know what I mean if you look at any photos/videos of this route and indeed our own from 2019.

Day 5

Bormio - Passo Foscagno - Bormio
Distance - 49 miles (79km)
Climbing - 6578 ft (2004m)

The final day is a route up to Passo Foscagno and Livigno. The route starts on the same towards Torre di Fraele as you carry on past the turning you get a sense of what’s ahead as its long, beautiful and high. There will be another potential option on this final day too .

Day 6

Check out of accommodation
Transfer back to airport
Flight back to UK

Cycle Seekers tours include...

Flights/Transfers

Cycle Seekers Tour Jersey

2-3* Accommodation

Bike Hire

Continental breakfast

On bike lunch

Dinner

Photos/Drone Footage

Support vehicle

On board physio

Cycle Seekers tours DO NOT include...

Alcoholic Drinks

Bike/Travel insurance

Spending money

More information

Our unique cycle trips allow you to travel out with us to the destination , giving total piece of mind from start to finish . We’ll make sure everything that’s included is catered for , from the moment we meet till the time comes for you to unfortunately leave us. With 4 years of experience behind us at 3 separate locations we have the knowledge to cater for all that is required on these memorable trips.

Transfers

Transfer from airport to accommodation will be via private car with driver or minibus, dependant on numbers. We will endeavour to make this as quick and easy as possible.

Accommodation

Hotels/Airbnb are chosen for their quality and location to the major climbs/routes of the area, further information on where we stay is provided closer to tour date. Prices are based on 2 people sharing or Airbnb, single occupancy has an additional cost.

Meals

Continental breakfast, on route lunch and dinner will be provided. Lunch will be either via the support vehicle and or a stop at a cafe on route. Dinner will be taken out at a local restaurant allowing you to get a total experience of your surroundings and sample the local cuisine.

Bike Hire

We recommend hiring when abroad. This for 2 reasons, ease of travel and transfer at both ends of the trip and prevents any damage to your existing bike. From experience,local bike rentals are of excellent quality and close by to assist with any end of ride problems. The hotels we use all have adequate bike storage to keep them safe after use each day.

Support vehicle

Photos

A support vehicle will be available on all days, positioning themselves appropriately to provide fluid and snacks to keep you going and also take those much looked at photos and footage for you. An end of tour photo/video package can be provided at an extra cost.

Routes

Each day will be a different route, providing a real mental and physical challenge. Some days will be longer than others, but there is generally the option to rest up or take the solace of the support vehicle if needed. A good level of fitness is essential at high altitude. There is the opportunity to hire an electric bike at an extra cost. All this is achieved in a non pressured , fun/team environment with the goal of reaching the summits on each day!

Clothing

Suitable clothing is essential. We will provide more information in the lead up to the trip. Most days will be in the mid twenties , but bear in mind you could see drops in temperatures of 10 - 15 degrees from the bottom to the top of a mountain pass . The downhills can be cold at speed, additional clothing can be put in the support vehicle for your peace of mind.

Physical Support

We will have onboard physio(s) who can provide post ride therapy, massages, rubs etc at an extra cost. It is our priority to keep you on the bike at all times so getting the full experience from your time with us. The hotels we use all have adequate bike storage to keep them safe after use each day.

Potential trips in 2021...

Based on their own experiences of tackling the toughest climbs that the Cotswolds and Europe have to offer, our team organise everything to make sure your trip is as hassle free as possible to ensure your only focus is cycling.

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