The Great Alps are waiting for you.Six epic days with our road bike cycling on the most famous Giro d' Italia alpine pass and an enchanting lake.Mortirolo Pass, Gavia Pass, Bernina Pass, Stelvio Pass and a rest dey on the roads alongside Lake Como.They are demanding ascents, but with our guide and with the constant support provided by our minibus, all cyclists with average training can deal with this challenge.At the top of the pass, our minibus will be waiting for us with dry clothes so we can enjoy an amusing descent towards new enchanting valleys.Bormio, renowned and enchanting ski resort, known for hosting the Ski World Cup and home to the famous Spa, will welcome us, for a week, in the heart of the Alps. The delicious cuisine of the Valtellina awaiting us every evening.
DAY 1 BormioWelcome from the staff and tour presentation.Dinner based on local produce and excellent wine from the Valtellina in a typical mountain restaurant.DAY 2- GAVIA PASS: Bormio- Gavia Pass 2621m - Edolo 64Km - 1300m difference in altitude Starting off from Bormio the first step on our tour will be the least demanding pass of the week: Gavia Pass. One of the highest mountain passes in Europe, it represents one of the epic climbs of the Giro d'Italia.This very special ride alternates easy stretches, that allow us to enjoy the beautiful view, with demanding sections, with an average gradient of 5.4% and a maximum of 15%.DAY 3- BERNINA PASS-Tirano - Bernina Pass 2328m - 105km 1878m difference in altitudeTransfer to Tirano where the climb is, at once, rather demanding, to reach Lake Poschiavo. Here we get our breath back for a moment before getting back on our bikes to continue the climb,with the constant presence of the minibus at our side, to reassure us and provide any necessary assistance. A very large difference in altitude, with an average gradient 5.5% and a maximum of 12% ... but the breathtaking landscapes and fabulous scenery of the Bernina glaciers will give us the strength to conquer the Pass with our road bikesDAY 4 Lake ComoREST DAY - LAKE COMO 75km- zero difference in altitudeJust like professional cyclists during the big races, also our cycling team needs a more relaxing day to recover our energy.DAY 5 – MORTIROLO PASSMazzo di Valtellina-Passo Mortirolo (1850m) - Aprica 45Km - 1298m difference in altitudeFull of energy We head to Mazzo with our minibus, the starting point today. The climb par excellence is that on the Valtellina side, this ascent is 12.5 km long, with a difference in height of almost 1300m and a steep but steady gradient (average 10%; maximum 18%).This epic road became famous when it was included in the Giro d'Italia route in 1990. It was here that, in 1994, the great Marco Pantani broke free, winning the stage, and in memory of the epic endeavours of the “Pirate” a monument was placed in his honour at Km 8 on the Valtellina side in 2006.DAY 6-STELVIO PASS Stelvio Pass 2758m - Glorenza 54km - 1543m difference in altitudeToday we will deal with the Stelvio Pass: average gradient of 7% with peaks of 15%. This is the highest Italian pass open to motorised vehicles and connects the Valtellina with Val Venosta in the province of Bolzano. An impressive series of hairpin bends and breathtaking nature write the story of this famous climb.The majesty Ortles, with its huge glaciers, will be the reward for our efforts DAY 7 BormioBreakfast and departure.