Cycling holidays made easy - Sportive Breaks takes you to the best climbs, routes and rides in Europe without the hassle. Join our team of expert guides, mechanics and local hosts and discover some of the best riding on the planet!
Our packages include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, and rides each day. Four night packages from June to September.
This is one of the great cycling weekends for climbers. Over 5 days you climb the Stelvio (from both sides) - one of the World's great climbs, with both sides completely different and equally iconic - the Gavia & Mortirolo, as well as some great local routes that many find to be the best climbs of the trip. Each of the three main riding days are tough, with two or three climbs per day and over 3,000m of elevation, but the payoff is riding in a varied and stunning part of the World, and ticking off some proper bucket list climbs.
Our base for the weekend is the lovely spa town of Bormio. Set in a beautiful valley, you can relax in the hotel wellness centre, or the famous hot springs, or check out the old town centre and shops, with its ice cream shops and markets.
4 night packages from£599 BOOK
We offer 4 night breaks for the Stelvio. On arrival day you can ride the short climb to Cancano before hitting three big days. Each day features 2 or 3 climbs with over 3,000m of elevation.
Day One - Wednesday
Arrive at Milan Linate before 10.30am for the transfer to Bormio. We arrive for around 2pm where our mechanic will be waiting to help build bikes. After check in to the hotel, you have time to go for a warm up spin (we recommend the short climb to Cancano) before our welcome dinner at 7.30pm, with a brief on the week. Ride Distance 33km.
Day Two - Thursday
The Queen Stage. Starting out of Bormio we take the first part of the Stelvio, through the tunnels and over the hairpins before crossing into Switzerland and the Umbrail pass. From here it is a long descent down to Prato for the classic ascent of the Stelvio. This is the most famous side of the climb, featuring 48 hairpins over 24km with an average gradient of 7.4%. From the top, you can freewheel all the way back down to Bormio, a glorious 21.5km decent. Ride Distance 108km.
Day Three - Friday
Mortirolo / Gavia Loop
Another roll out at 8.30am, we descend down the valley to Grosio where you have the choice of which side to climb the mighty Mortirolo. The first side from Grosio is 14km at 8%, or continue to Mazzo for the famous side, 12km at 11%. We meet at the top and then descend and ride to Ponte di Legno for lunch. From here, we climb the Gavia before descending back to Bormio. Ride Distance 110km.
Day Four - Saturday
Livigno Out & Back
A "slightly" easier ride after two huge days. We roll out slightly later at 9.30am to allow for a more relaxed morning, and head over to Livigno over two climbs. This is one of the pro team capitals of Europe in the Summer, with most teams having a base to prepare for the Tour. We have lunch after the first climb back and should be back in Bormio by 2.30pm. Ride Distance 79km.
Day Five - Sunday
Our transfer home is at 11am so there is time for a very quick last ride if wanted. We head off at 8am up Bormio 2000, a 9.5km climb. Our mechanic is on hand to help with bike packing before we head back to Linate for flights home. Ride Distance 18km.
Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio)
The "easier" side of the Stelvio possibly. The climb is split into at least four sections, with the start featuring old tunnels and a couple of steep sections until you hit the switchbacks. From here there is a saddle to the final kick up to the summit. Ride Distance 21.5km; Elevation Gain 7.1%.
Passo dello Stelvio (Prato)
The harder side up the Stelvio. This is the side you see on all the pictures, with a near endless run of steep, sharp hairpins - 48 in total. The gradients rarely ease up. making this a long, tough and classic climb. Ride Distance 24.3km; Elevation Gain 7.4%.
A brutal climb in the Italian Alps which Lance Armstrong said was the hardest in cycling. The gradients hit 10% and rarely ease up for 10km, even the corners of the hairpins are steep. The ride is much lower than the Stelvio / Gavia so the views are less impressive; you wont get to enjoy it anyway as you will be using all your energy to grind up this monster. Ride Distance 9km; Elevation Gain 8%.
Passo Gavia (Bormio)
Another classic climb coming out of Bormio, climbing to way over 2,000m. The start of the Gavia is gentle as you snake through the valley, then it picks up with some steeper gradients into the remote high mountains. Stunning views throughout makes this a very enjoyable ascent. Ride Distance 24.8km; Elevation Gain 6%.
Included in your booking
- Return transfers from Milan Linate
- 4 nights Half Board Accommodation
- Mechanical Support
- Daily rides with local guides & support vehicle
Not included in your booking
- Bike rental
Airport collections are from Milan Linate (LIN) and the drive to Bormio takes just over three hours.
We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed. Arrive before 10.45am for 11.15am transfer
We leave Bormio at 11am and get to Linate with plenty of time for you to check in with your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight. Depart after 4.30pm (transfer arrives at Linate at 2pm)
- 4 Night Breaks
- Dates available: Every Wed to Sun from June to Sept
- Total distance: Avg 105km per day
- Total elevation: Avg 3,050m per day
- Bucket List Climbs: Stelvio (twice), Mortirolo, Gavia
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