Two great options for today, ride the famous Passo Gavia or take the Bernina Express to St Moritz.
Passo Gavia or Bernina Express
The pros rode to the summit yesterday of the other famous climb near Bormio. Making it to Passo Gavia from Bormio is the easier of the two Gavia Pass ascents, measuring 25km and averaging 5% to 2,621m. The only really challenging section is around the 20km mark, where the gradients reach double digits before easing off for the last few kilometres of the climb.
Besides the views across the mountains and the picture perfect switchbacks, the two lakes “Nero” and “Bianco” are beautiful. Our alternative ride will take us up “Piccolo Stelvio”, it is a twisty climb (16 switchbacks) off the road heading to Livorno. If you are adventurous, you can ride around the turquoise waters of an alpine lake. Either way, we have a beautiful ride available for you today. You could also do both climbs today if you’re chasing vertical metres.
For those not riding today, there is the option today of spending the day visiting St Moritz, across the border in Switzerland. Getting there is the fun part, aboard one of the world’s great train journeys on the Bernina Express. Leaving from Tirano the train offers spectacular views from the panoramic cars all the way to St Moritz, where you can spend a couple of hours exploring before returning to Tirano late afternoon for the trip back to Bormio.
After our rides today, or having returned from Switzerland, we’ll catch up with the Giro d’Italia race and have dinner together at our hotel, you’d want to be first to the Tiramisu tonight.
TODAY IN THE GIRO D’ITALIA RACE
Stage 17: Val di Sole to Anterselva ***, 180km
Today’s Giro d’Italia stage starts from the popular mountain biking area, Val di Sole where a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is hosted each year. Today, riders will stay on bitumen and follow one of the main trade routes to the Austrian border. Fortunately, the Counts who once ruled the area will not be stopping the peloton to collect their taxes.