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The Walhalla of cycling – riding hairpins between Bormio and Livigno

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The Walhalla of cycling – riding hairpins between Bormio and Livigno

Road Cycling Collection by Nicola Amadini

5

Tours

42:57 h

385 mi

56,825 ft

This Collection has five circular routes from Bormio and Livigno that explore the Swiss Canton of Grisons. Do we really need to introduce these places to a cyclist like you? Probably not.

Nestled in the Stelvio National Park, these areas are known for road biking, as well as mountain biking and Alpine skiing. Famous stages of several editions of the Giro d'Italia, the Valtellina Extreme brevet, the ICON Livigno Xtreme Triathlon and many other competitions have taken place on these roads.

If reading ‘extreme’ makes you suspicious, don’t worry. The climbs to Stelvio, Bernina, Forcola, Gavia, Mortirolo and Umbrail passes are as challenging as they are wonderful. You face a dizzying series of hairpin bends that you can count down from 50. Thousands of riders make the pilgrimage to this cycling mecca every year.

The Tours are between 2,000 and 3,000 metres (6,600 - 9,800 ft) above sea level and cross some passes that may be closed in winter, depending on snowfall. Remember the photos of Giro d'Italia athletes tormented by snowstorms on the Stelvio? I recommend bringing warm clothing, even in summer, and exploring these routes between May and November to be on the safe side. Check if they’re open before you ride if you venture here during winter.

The good news is that, along all the Tours, you find one or more refreshment points. At the top of each pass, you’re greeted by typical Alta Valtellina refuges where you can warm up your hands, eat and fill up your water bottle before the next climb.

If you can, travel to Livigno the most sustainable way: by bike or with public transport. Tirano, the nearest station, is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Livigno. Connections run from Milan (Central Station and Porta Garibaldi Station) every day and almost every train connects with the Perego bus line to Bormio and Livigno.

If you can't avoid using your car, however, you'll pass through Lecco and Bormio. You then reach Livigno by crossing the Passo Foscagno. Make sure you have snow chains with you if you’re travelling between November and April.

The Tours are designed for experienced riders who can ride with a smile for several hours, love exciting climbs and the most adrenaline-filled challenges.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Ride 1: The legendary passes of the Giro d'Italia – hairpins between Bormio and Livigno

    Difficult
    12:03
    127 mi
    10.5 mph
    16,775 ft
    16,775 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Facing this ring means taking on a real challenge, one of the most beautiful you can accomplish in your cycling career. The names of the five passes you will cross are known all over the world and recall the exploits of the champions of the Giro d'Italia from the 1950s onwards: Coppi, Bertoglio, Cataldo

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  • Difficult
    07:10
    75.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    9,225 ft
    9,225 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This itinerary is less demanding than ring 1 of this collection. Although distance and elevation gain are less than in the previous tour, an excellent level of training is still required to complete this loop with start and finish in Livigno. Less effort does not mean less reward: also during this itinerary

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  • Difficult
    08:09
    65.9 mi
    8.1 mph
    10,075 ft
    10,075 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today's menu includes two iconic passes of road cycling: Passo Gavia (2,618 m a.s.l.) and Passo del Mortirolo - or Passo della Foppa - (1,852 m a.s.l.).

    During the First World War the winding mule track that connected Santa Caterina Valfurva (province of Sondrio) with Ponte di Legno (province of Brescia

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    43.3 mi
    7.4 mph
    7,825 ft
    7,825 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This itinerary takes you to the discovery of roads once used for military purposes and which today are traveled by cyclists from all over the world, passionate in search of the challenge that only the great alpine climbs can offer.

    

    A few kilometers after leaving Bormio, at the Fior d’Alpe Torripiano hamlet

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  • Difficult
    09:44
    73.4 mi
    7.5 mph
    12,950 ft
    12,950 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This Tour is a tribute to the legendary Stelvio Pass, Walhalla of the road cyclist, the watershed between the western and southern Rhaetian Alps, Cima Coppi of the Giro d'Italia for nine editions and the scene of spectacular cycling feats that have gone down in history, before your . Its 2,758 meters

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    385 mi
  • Duration
    42:57 h
  • Elevation
    56,825 ft

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