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.
Flight to Bergamo Milan
Travel to accommodation (hotel/Airbnb)
Rental bike pick up and check in
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
Check out of accommodation
Transfer back to airport
Flight back to UK
Gallery (Italian Alps 2019)
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On bike lunch
On board physio
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Potential trips in 2021...
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