Ride to the Gavia, Stelvio and Mortirolo with Alberto Elli…
If you have always wanted to climb the icons of the Italian Alps, this is the special tour you have been waiting for. Alberto will not only take you to the big three - Gavia, Stelvio (two sides), Mortirolo - you will ride from Bellagio to their base just northeast of Lake Como for the ultimate tour. Nearly 400 kilometers and 8,500 meters in four grand days.
No, not at all! Appassionato!
If there is one common voice that our guests have after riding with Alberto, it is that he brings out the best in what they can do. He has designed this ride with you in mind, the cyclists he has met or has yet to meet who have the heart and passion to reach for the unknown and find how well they can really ride. With his support you will become the rider you have always wanted, and finally ticking these great icons of the Alps from your bucket list.
Ride like a pro with Alberto in your own tour of the Alps like none other.
Dates: June 24-28, 2019
July 22-26, 2019
August 26-30, 2019
Minimum number of participants: 8 persons
…and Claim the Biggest Challenges of the Italian Alps as Your Own
Rate: Starting at €1,590 per person, double-occupancy
Transfers as defined in the program
Professional mechanic assistance
Aid from a follow van during each stage
Isotonic drinks and energy bars
5 nights in hotel, agriturismo, and B&B with breakfasts
4 days guided tours with Alberto Elli
Small, personal groups with a minimum 8 persons
Stop for light lunch during all the stages
Information material in Italian-English
Single room occupancy
Carbon fiber, compact gearing road bike rental, €80/week
Daily technical clothing laundry service
Flights to/from Milan
Drinks at meals, coffee, etc
Medical or travel insurance
Day 1. Arrive Hotel Il Perlo in Bellagio, introduction to the week, aperitivo, and bike fittings. Accommodations at Hotel Il Perlo.
Day 2. Guided ride from Varenna to Aprica. Accommodations in Aprica.
Day 3. Guided ride from Aprica to Passo di Gavia to Bormio. Accommodations in Bormio.
Day 4. Guided ride from Bormio to Passo dello Stelvio to Prato allo Stelvio to Passo dello Stelvio to Bormio. Accommodations in Bormio.
Day 5. Guided ride from Bormio to Passo del Mortirolo to Sondrio. Transportation from Sondrio to Bellagio via private shuttle and ferry. Accommodations at Hotel Il Perlo.
Your Journey into the Italian Alps
It is a unique experience, that of being able to admire the most impressive peaks of Europe on your bike. Essential for this kind of experience, a good physical preparation and excellent equipment, as well as of course, some experience with the bicycle. An excellent level of training is required due to the numerous altitude difficulties to overcome. So we recommend the well-conditioned cyclist. The group will ride together on the flat and easier terrain, and will be allowed to ride at their own pace on the climbs, with Alberto at your side to encourage you to climb your very best. Imagine reaching the top breathless and smiling at your new teammates as they also approach and cheering them on to the finish!
Mountain weather is very difficult to predict so everyone must be prepared for rapidly changing conditions, even in the summer. Bring diverse layers and wind and waterproof jackets. We will ride mainly on low-vehicle roads, even if we sometimes cross high-density areas of housing and traffic. The route is very easy to follow thanks to the detailed route maps, but also with the GPX files used by your smartphone or GPS navigation. We will provide the route files for you to upload to your smartphone or personal bike computer, but not the devices themselves.
Day 2. Guided ride from Varenna to Aprica.
Our tour begins with a ferry from Bellagio to Varenna and the official start of pedaling along the entire northeastern shore of Lake Como, through the towns of Bellano, Dervio and Colico where the Adda River enters the lake from the Alps. Here you will begin riding on the quiet bicycle-pedestrian path, the Sentiero della Valtellina, through one of the most beautiful valleys of of Lombardy, the Valtellina. After passing through Sondrio and Tresenda, at Stazzona begins the 12 km climb with an average gradient of around 6.5% with a maximum 10% peak. At the end of the climb we will be in Aprica at 1,176 meters above sea level, ending the first stage of the tour and enjoying our accommodations for the night.
Day 3. Guided ride from Aprica to Passo di Gavia to Bormio.
Today is our first big mountain stage. Starting from Aprica you descend to Edolo then start slowly climbing up to Ponte di Legno along the main road that leads to the Passo del Tonale. There, we turn left to begin climbing to the Passo di Gavia, a climb with a length of 17.4 km, an average gradient of 7.8%, and a maximum pitch of 16%. Its summit is at 2,618 meters. Arriving at the top of the Gavia and after having a well-deserved break, you will face the long and demanding descent of about 30 km to Bormio.
Day 4. Guided ride from Bormio to Passo dello Stelvio to Prato to Passo dello Stelvio to Bormio.
This is the “queen stage” of your tour as in one day you climb the legendary Passo dello Stelvio from two sides: Bormio and Prato allo Stelvio. At an altitude of 2758 meters, the Stelvio is the second highest paved road in the Alps. It has been featured several times as the “Cima Coppi” in the Giro d’Italia, the title for the highest peak that racers face that year and the award for the most mountain classification points. Climbing this icon twice will give you a total of 4364 meters and 46 km of climbing. It has an average slope of 7.5% and maximum of 12%.
At the first summit of the Stelvio, you will have a rest stop, then descend into Switzerland towards Santa Maria and cross through the Val Mustair back into Italy. When we reach the base of the Stelvio in Prato allo Stelvio, we will have a short break and begin our second ascent. After our celebration and rest break is a 20 km descent back to Bormio.
This will be a special day as Alberto and our professional staff share their years of knowledge from making their own climbs of this icon and ensure your success.
Day 5. Guided ride from Bormio to Passo del Mortirolo to Sondrio to Bellagio (via shuttle and ferry).
We arrive at the last stage of the tour with the ascent of the legendary Passo del Mortirolo, a climb that has made cycling history of the last 20 years. From Bormio we ride down to Sondalo and Grosio. Once we get to Mazzo di Valtellina, we turn left and start climbing towards the Mortirolo. This is a climb made famous by the Giro d’Italia of 1852 meters and 12.4 km with an average gradient of 10% and a maximum of 20%. Once you get to the top, we will take a nice break and then descend to Tovo di Sant’Agata, returning through the Valtellina valley to Sondrio and the conclusion of the cycling tour. We will return to Bellagio by private van shuttle and ferry.
If you have always wanted a special tour to climb the Italian Alps, this is what you have been waiting for. Immerse yourself with the best.
For reservations, a 30% deposit is due by:
June 24-28, 2019: Reserve by May 24, 2019
July 22-26, 2019: Reserve by June 22, 2019
August 26-30, 2019: Reserve by July 26, 2019
The trip will be confirmed one month before departure and when it has reached a minimum number of 8 participants.
For all questions or to make a reservation please contact our Booking Manager, Enrica, with the form below.
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