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Italian Alps long weekend

Italy, The Alps
  •  1,190/person (including taxes)

  • 5 Days

  • Guided tour

  • 3 Pro level

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This is an opportunity to test your legs on some of Italy’s most iconic cycling roads. Come and see for yourselves if the climbs on the Giro are tougher than those on the Tour de France. We will be based in the ski resort of Bormio throughout this long weekend, which provides one of the very best bases for a few days of challenging and spectacular cycling. This has to be on the bucket list of all keen cyclists.

Day 1 Arrive in Italy

On arrival at Bergamo (airport or station) you will be welcomed by a member of the Bcyclet team and driven in our van (3 hours) to your hotel in the ski resort of Bormio. After checking in we will make sure your bikes are ready and properly fitted. Subject to arrival time there is the option to do a short warm up loop in the afternoon.

30km with 650m+

Night in Bormio

We get down to business with your first big challenge, the colossal Passo Stelvio. You can choose from 2 options – both will make for a BIG day in the mountains.

You can make this a legendary day by tackling both sides of the Stelvio Pass. Bear in mind that both ascents are really tough and that the descent of the Northern side, with its 48 hairpin bends, makes for a technical descent.

Alternatively you can do a loop by first climbing most of the way up to the Stelvio and going across into Tyrol via the neighbouring  Passo Umbral (2504m). Then descend and climb the massive Stelvio from the North side.

Whatever option you choose, this is where a good van support becomes really important. You will definitely feel the altitude. Even in the middle of summer, the summit of the Stelvio can get very cold. So, having the ability to warm up and add some proper layers at the top is really important before tackling the long descent.

2 options possible :
– Loop with Passo Umbral (2503m) and Passo Stelvio (2758m) – 100km with 3200m+
– Stelvio (2758m) both ways : from Bormio and back from Prato Allo Stelvio 93km with 3340m+

Night in Bormio

Today is a very special day, made famous by countless great battles of the Giro over two of the world’s most legendary climbs, the Mortirolo and the Gavia. We head out of Bormio for a 20 km warm up before tackling the mighty Mortirolo pass. It doesn’t feel that far but in 15km you will have climbed 1500 mt. You can do the math’s yourselves! If your head is not in your handlebars you will see the famous sculpture of Pantani pinned to the side of the road about halfway up the mountain. Every keen cyclist comes to measure up to Pantani’s legacy but for most people just getting to the top without taking a break is already an achievement to be proud of. From the top of the Mortirolo  (1852mt) we will descend to the ski resort of Ponte di Legno (1250mt) before tackling the amazing Passo di Gavia (2621m). The road surface is simply sublime as this road is retarmacked almost every year for the Giro and the views are stunning. Hopefully you will have enough energy to conquer the 15km climb and get to the top (2621mt) of what is certainly a cycling legend. Our van is always there for support or for a lift if the going gets too tough. This is meant to be fun!

107km with 3060m+

Night in Bormio

This is a really beautiful cycling loop that will take you into Switzerland and then back to Italy. We will tackle several famous passes: Passo Foscagno (2291m), Passo Livigno (2315m) with an option for a quick climb to the Bernina pass and back.

125km with 3280m+

Night in Bormio

After an eventful 3 days it is time to say goodbye to Bormio. Our team will transfer you back to Bergamo (airport or station).

Included in the price

  • 4 nights in a charming 3* hotel (twin bedrooms)
  • All breakfasts (x4)
  • All lunches (x3) made with fresh and local produce
  • All restaurant dinners (x4)
  • Food supplies and assistance
  • Photos from the tour
  • Bcyclet Welcome Kit
  • Airport transfers from Bergamo (airport or station) on day 1 midday and to Bergamo (airport or station) on day 5 morning
  • Support from our team van
  • GPS files and terrain altimetric profile

Not included

  • Flights
  • Wine and alcohol
  • Any personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike (available for rent)