Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
If you're in Bormio for the first time, this driveway is the perfect warmup ride you can tackle in no time. The view up here will definitely impress you. The view of the many hairpin bends that you have just stomped up is reward enough. A few benches invite you for a little break. Let your eyes wander and look forward to the descent!
June 5, 2018
Awesome climb with plenty of hairpins, the view at the top is great. 5.1 miles at around 7% average gradient. Really cool medieval towers at the top and if you carry on along the dirt track you'll reach a lake and a restaurant.
September 15, 2017
The absolutely fabulous, paved, hairpin-filled climb to Torri di Fraele.
A must-visit climb for anyone staying in Bormio after climbing Stelvio and Gavia.
From Bormio, just after the 1st hairpin (signed #40) on the way up Stelvio, is the turn off towards Torri di Fraele. It’s a gentle, quiet traverse to Premadio, then the climb leaves the main road and becomes a wonderful, deserted, hairpin-filled ascent.
After 17 hairpins in the final 3.5 kilometres, the climb traverses through a tunnel cut into the cliff and reaches the tower ruins.
Torri means “towers” and there are the ruins of two old square towers first built in 1391. They were fortified in the 15th century then mainly destroyed in 1513 when the Grisons invaded. There was apparently some fighting here and below the cliff is called “burrone dei morti” – ravine of the dead.
July 12, 2019
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