Tackle the Passo della Foppa, or the Mortirolo as it is better known, is considered to be the toughest mountain one can climb in Italy.
We depart from Bormio today. Like the pros, we’ll have gravity on our side, descending down the valley. You’ll barely need to pedal for the first 30km of today’s course. Our easier option can continue to Tirano and meet up with our transport. It might well be the fastest (and easiest) 45km you’ll ever do, a fun ride.
Our challenging option follows yesterday’s final climb and heads up the mighty Mortirolo. The Passo della Foppa, or the Mortirolo as it is better known, is considered to be the toughest mountain one can climb in Italy. Our ascent from Mazzo di Valtellina is 12.8 km at an average of 10.1%. Beware an average though as the middle 5 km of the climb maintains an incline of greater than 12%. Once at the top we’ll continue to Ponte di Legno and meet up with our transport.
This afternoon we’ll make our transfer into the Dolomites for the final mountain stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Our hotel for the next two nights is a bike-friendly hotel in the Fiemme Valley with many great climbs nearby.
TODAY IN THE GIRO D’ITALIA RACE
Stage 18: Valdaora to Santa Maria Di Sala *, 220km
After many days in the mountains and working against gravity during that time, riders have gravity on their side for much of the Giro d’Italia stage, which will give a last opportunity for sprinters. For those who have survived the mountains at least.