Cycling Torri Di Fraele
Ride 9 kilometers gaining 637 meters at 7% average grade.
This climb is also known as “mini Stelvio” and is on the must-do list if you are staying in or around Bormio. That list is Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo and Torri Di Fraele!
The road is narrow through the hairpins, so beware of bigger vehicles and buses as you both ascend and descend.
What makes this climb special is (a) the watchtowers at the top built in 1391 and damaged by warfare over the years thereafter and (b) the 21 hairpins on the route (4 at the start and 17 more leading to the Fraele Towers). Due to battles and deaths below the towers dating back to the 14th century the area in that area is known as “burrone dei morti” or “ravine of the dead.”
Stage 18 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia will climb Tori Di Fraele and continue on to finish at Laghi di Cancano. Stage 18 is May 28:
“A colossal Alpine stage with 5,400 m vertical altitude gain in as little as four climbs. The route starts uphill on Passo Campo Carlo Magno, takes a first-ever pass on the recently-opened Passo Castrin/Hofmandjoch and enters the Val d'Ultimo for the first time. After leaving the Vinschgau Valley, the route tackles the Stelvio from the hardest side and, immediately afterwards, takes in the final climb leading to the Laghi di Cancano with 21 hairpins along the mountainside (the so-called “scale di Fraele”).”