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Passo dello Stelvio - Bormio

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.1 %

Length: 21.5 km

Altitude start: 1225 m

Altitude top: 2758 m

Ascent: 1533 m

Passo dello Stelvio rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 288 (all)
Ranking Italy: 53 (all)
Ranking Alps: 88(all)
Difficulty score: 162.58 what?

Passo dello Stelvio ratings

(4.8)  Overall

(4.8)  Road

(3)  Traffic

(4.8)  Amenities

(5)  Surroundings

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Stelvio summer events :

• Granfondo Santini
• VEB – Valtellina Extrême Brevet
• Tristan Hoffman Challenge
• Stelvio Challenge
• Motoraduno
• S. Antonio Valfurva – Passo Gavia (amateur cyclists race)
• Mapei Day
• Granfondo MTB
• Zero RH+ Contador
• Scalata Cima Coppi
• Giro dei Laghi di Cancano

The Passo dello Stelvio is situated in Lombardy. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Bormio, the Passo dello Stelvio ascent is 21.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1533 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.1 %.

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Since 2005, the Passo dello Stelvio will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Giro d'Italia 2017 :  Rovetta - Bormio on 23/05/2017
Giro d'Italia 2014 :  Ponte di Legno - Val Martello on 27/05/2014
Giro d'Italia 2013 :  Ponte Di Legno - Val Martello /Martelltal on 24/05/2013
Giro d'Italia 2012 :  Caldes Val di Sole > Passo dello Stelvio on 26/05/2012

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Story by Baimster from , The Netherlands, submitted on 13/07/2015
Fun to say that i have done it. The climb is not that difficult for a good trained amateur. The traffic is bad in the summer. Especcially downhill it''s like you are riding on the highway. Million motors, cars and other bikers. Legendary climb, beautiful scenery but after one time it''s enough. I prefer the Gavia!
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Story by Christo Groenewald from , South Africa, submitted on 04/03/2014
Was a great day out! Started in Bormio to top, then down Umbrial Pass, then around to the other side. Completed day with the northen side of stelvio, then back to Bormio...6hours later I was really blown! Awesome day. I did the climbs on a Sunday, so the motorbike traffic was qute hectic, thus I would recomend anyone climbing stelvio should try and avoid weekends.
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Story by Cloetens Xavier from , Belgium, submitted on 30/08/2012
I climbed many cols already but this is the best one I ever did. I climbed it 3 times in August 2012. It goes up to 13% on my Garmin (and not 14% as marked on the street) around the 10th km for a short distance. Be aware of the tourists on motorbikes and mobilehomes as they come too close to your handlebars if you cycle on the side of the road...SO CYCLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD and let them slow down! This is much safer for you! Take lights for the tunnels. Take your sunglases off in the tunnels when you go down as it is narrow (1 car at the time), bumpy and wet in there! But above all, enjoy this most magnificent col. Views and road are TOP! Safe energy for the last kms as the road is quiet steap again and the air starts to be thin at 2400m. Best climb ever after the Stilfersjoch.
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Story by Stephen Buttigieg from , Malta, submitted on 28/10/2010
I was attending a basketball coaching course in Bormio some years ago and being a keen cyclist all my Italian friends said I had to attempt the climb. I hired a bike and went up on what started out as a beautiful afternoon. The climb was steady but the last two kilometres were tough with the reduced oxygen. As I got to the top the Sun disappeared and it began to rain. I was extremely ill-equipped for the descent with just a t-shirt and thin tracksuit top and no gloves and I had difficulty getting my hands to use the breaks as they started to get numb. In the end I had to hitch a lift down for a couple of kilometres where the Sun was still shining! I must be one of the few people who can say they could cycle all the way up the Stelvio but not all the way down! Despite the cold hands it was a brilliant experience I will never forget. I also thought the constant encouragement from anyone driving by was fantastic.
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Story by adolfo from los angeles, United States, submitted on 20/07/2010
I did the race ""re della montagna"" in the early nineties...what stands out in my mind was the snow at the top and the descent whereby I had to use different parts of my hand to operate the brake lever since I had to more squeeze power!!
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Story by Martin from , UK, submitted on 09/05/2007
This is the "other" side of the Stelvio. So not 48 hairpins, "just" 40 or so. But on the plus side the road surface is a lot better than its more famous twin also the signs on the hairpins are prettier! As the profile shows the last couple of km are the toughest so keep some energy in reserve. Also, from bitter experience, if it is raining at the bottom it may be snowing at the top! So take plenty of warm clothing and something to keep your hands dry as descending the famous hairpins on the other side is tricky at the best of times but close to suicidal when the road is icy and you cant feel your fingers!
Story by Mauro from Tirano, Italy, submitted on 06/01/2007
I climbed Stelvio from Bormio many times. it is a nice climb,with a modest average (7%) but is a long journey to reach the sky : be careful because the last 3 km are terrible, for the tiredness but above all for the altitude, for less oxygene (you are at 2400 until 2758): great climb for every ciclo-amateur!!

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