Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini
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Our packages include 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts & dinners, 3 guided warm up rides, entry to Granfondo Stelvio Santini and return transfers from Milan Linate.
The Italian Alps are distinct from the French peaks to the west, the Austrian and Swiss mountains to the north and the Dolomites to the east. The region around Bormio holds three of European cycling’s giant passes: the Mortirolo, the Gavia and the biggest of them all, the Stelvio. At a whopping 2,757 metres above sea level, this is Italy’s highest paved pass, and second only to the Col de la Bonette in the whole alpine massif.
The GF Stelvio Santini offers one or two of these monsters, giving the finisher some serious bragging ability upon his or her return to humanity. The beginning of June is pretty early in the season to come this high, and poor weather is more than a possibility. You need to like it difficult to enjoy this event, but if that’s what turns you on, this is a significant feather in any cyclists’s cap, and a great opportunity to bag three icons in one ride.
A serious event for serious riders, but the reward for completing it is immense.
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Thursday 4th June
Arrival day. Transfers leave Milan Linate (LIN) at 11.30, please arrange flights to arrive at least 30 minutes before this. The drive is approx 3 hours to Bormio. Our mechanic is on hand to build bikes before we take a short (25km) spin to Bormio 2000
Friday 5th June
Warm up ride: after breakfast we offer two warm up ride options:
One - The classic Mortirolo / Gavia loop. You have two options on the Mortirolo, the "easy side" (14km at 8%) from Grosio or the hard way up from Mazzo.
Two - Livigno out and back, 75km up and over two climbs. A great warm up ride but not as tough as the first option.
Saturday 6th June
A shorter warm up ride to the mini Stelvio - the Cancano. After the ride we collect race packs and prepare for the Granfondo.
Sunday 7th June
Granfondo day! Early breakfast and then it's you vs the Stelvio (and Mortirolo).
Monday 8th June
Departure day. We leave Bormio at 12pm to get back to Milan Linate at 3pm. Please arrange a flight 2 hours after 3pm.
There are three routes for the sportive each finishing with the climb of the Stelvio. The short route is 60km - a short spin down the valley and then a long climb. The medium route includes the Teglio climb as part of a 120km there and back before the last climb and the long route, 151km, includes the Mortirolo and a long drag back to Bormio before the the Stelvio.
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