121km | 3,800M+ · 9th June
Starting once again in the heart of Bormio, the second stage of the Haute Route Stelvio covers 121km with another 3,800m of climbing over two more of Italy’s most famous climbs. A first for the Haute Route, many professional riders consider the Mortirolo as one of the toughest climbs in Europe.
Attacking the ascent from Mazzo, the climb-proper lasts nearly 13km and averages 10.5%. There is no easy introduction to this climb, the first three kilometres average over 8.5% and these are the shallowest slopes you’ll see until you reach the final kilometre. From kilometre 3 to 9 the slop rarely drops below 11%, with long sections featuring slopes above 13% and a 1km stretch averaging nearly 14%. The slopes let up slightly in the final 3km, but remain above 9% until you reach the final few hundred metres. This climb will have to be paced carefully to avoid going to deep so early on in a long stage. The summit sign and ensuing descent will be a welcome sign for most, knowing they will be able to recover and refuel during the flatter stretch into the foot of the climb up Passo Gavia.
Passing through the town of Ponte di Legno, the climb starts quite gradually on a large and exposed road, the snow-capped peaks surrounding the valley can be appreciated as you go around each bend. After 7km of climbing the road narrows into a single track, and steepens significantly with a long 3km section averaging 10.5%. After snaking through the forest and around the hairpin bends, the road comes out into the open and riders will experience the poor road surface that the Gavia is known for. With very little let-up in the gradient throughout, riders will be delighted to reach the summit where they will be greeted by a panoramic view and enjoyable descent back into the town of Bormio.
The stage cols will be available soon
Bormio is a medieval town located in the Italian Alps at 1,225 meters above sea level.
It’s a popular winter sports resort, annually hosting the Alpine Ski World Cup on the legendary Stelvio slope.
In addition to modern skiing facilities, the town may properly be considered an all year round destination for the presence of several hot springs that have been tapped to provide water to three thermal baths.
Summer covers also a significant role in the local tourism industry. Every year thousands of cyclists reach the region to enjoy the countless passes around Bormio. Its streets, passes and peaks, in fact, now rightfully belong to the circle of the mythical big climbs of modern professional cycling and have made the history of the famous Giro d’Italia.
To climb the big passes like the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo is always a dream and a goal for enthusiastic road cyclists, who want to challenge themselves and their personal limits. Other Alta Valtellina climbs are popular and worth riding: for example, from Bormio to the Cancano lakes in Valdidentro, climbing by the Towers of Fraele; the ascent of the Bernina Pass from Tirano, the ascent from Bormio to Bormio 2000 and the road from Bormio to Livigno over Foscagno Pass and Eira Pass.
Bormio and the whole Alta Valtellina region are a paradise for mountain biking lovers, too. Immersed in the beautiful nature of the Stelvio National Park, you can choose among more than 372 miles (600 km) of trails of varying difficulty and beauty. For lovers of speed and adrenaline, you can challenge gravity on the downhill and freeride trails of the Bormio Bike Park while enduro enthusiasts can test themselves on the trails of S. Caterina Valfurva.
Sports have a key-impact when choosing Bormio as a holiday destination but it’s the well-being factor that makes the resort so trendy.
After an exciting and fulfilling day, visitors can relax in in the unique thermal spas.
This example of daily holiday routine is greatly summed up with one revealing and ultimate expression: “Bormio is the Wellness Mountain”.