Sondrio, Lombardia



Short Ride


Long Ride

The first rider over the highest point of the Giro d’Italia route each year is awarded the Cima Coppi, celebrating the champion of champions, Fausto Coppi. It was claimed on Stelvio Pass yesterday. It was an incredible era for Italian cycling, as Coppi shared a great rivalry with Gina Bartali. Today, it is our turn on the highest pass in the Eastern Alps. Our ride from Bormio may be considered in 3 sections, the first is quite gentle and the winding road ahead keeps up motivated. At the top of some switchbacks the views are rewarding. Our second section is shorter but climbs along a valley plain, the road is often surrounded in patches of snow, yet to melt. We reach the Swiss border, at Umbrail pass, the road steepens into the thinner air and often we observe the work of the Stelvio road crew having uncovered the road creating a snow wall. It is truly an amazing time of the year to climb the Stelvio Pass. After reaching the summit, we descend and return to Bormio. If you still have a desire for more climbing, there are one or two more climbs we can challenge ourselves on this afternoon.