From our point of view, the northern Italian ski village of Bormio is the center and staging area for some of the most famous climbs in the world - in order of difficulty within 50 kilometers of Bormia are 1. Passo dello Stelvio (Prato Allo Stelvio), 2. Passo Mortirolo (Mazzo di Valtellina), 3. Passo Mortirolo (Tovo), 4. Prato Maslino, 5. Passo Stelvio via Umbrail, 6. Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio), 7. Passo Di Gavia (Ponte di Legno), 8. Umbrail Pass, 9. Passo Mortirolo (Grosio), and 10. Passo di Gavia (Bormio). PJAMM has ridden all of these climbs and they are truly magnificent and exceptional climbs - Bormio should be considered a world cycling hub. The climbs in the Bormio area can be viewed via the map below (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the best bicycling and biking climbs in the Bormio area. We have climbed in this area in 2016 and 2017 and, because this is simply one of the greatest climbing spots in the world, we are returning from July 26 to 29 to ride them all again!
Passo dello Stelvio from Prato Allo Stelvio.
Bormio is the hub for the greatest concentration of challenging and famous climbs by bike in Italy. We have stayed in Bormio twice to document some of the hardest and mainstay Giro d’Italia climbs there are: Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, and Passo Mortirolo.
THE MOST FAMOUS CLIMB IN THE
This fantastic bike climb is the centerpiece of the World Cycling Area of Bormio. This is one of the greatest bicycle climbs in the world -- an unparalleled jewel. No more than what has already been written about it can be said; adjectives do not do justice to this extraordinary road and cyclIng climb. Passo Dello Stelvio is truly in a class by itself.
Our first hairpin of . . . .
. . . 48.
There are NO shortages of photo opps on Stelvio!
THE HARDEST CLIMB IN THE BORMIO AREA
Mortirolo. Yes THE Mortirolo! We love Mortirolo, and, contrary to many of its “sans scenery” critics, we beg to differ! At #9 on the Top Italian Climb List, it is a stout climb and serious challenge. There is a reason this climb has been one of the most frequently visited (see chart, below) by the Giro d’Italia over the years. Yes, the distant views are often blocked by the thickly wooded forests bordering the road as we ascend, but to the interested and trained eye, there is much to behold.
First of 33 tornante on Mortirolo from Mazzo di Valtellina.
Pantani monument on tornante at km 7.5.
THE MOST EPIC CLIMB IN THE BORMIO AREA
Gavia tunnel and the old road bypass.
The cycling climb to Passo Gavia from Pont di Legno is one of the most iconic and classic of Italian Alps bicycle assents. This is the pass that made Andy Hampsten famous (or vice versa) in the 1988 Giro d’Italia -- referred to as “The Day the Strong Men Cried” by the Italian sport magazine La Gazzetta dello Sport. It is an unbelievable climb and “must do” for all cycling enthusiasts living in or visiting Italy.
The legend himself -- Andy Hampsten - Cinghaile Cycling Tours.
Beautiful scenery on this climb. . . of course, we are cycling in Italy, after all!
As with so many (most?) of the top and greatest Italian Alps/Dolomites climbs, there are many hairpins (tornante) along our climb, visible from both below and above.