Bormio and Alta Valtellina are a real paradise for lovers of two wheels, whether the narrow-wheeled road or racing bikes, or the wider wheeled mountain and downhill bikes.
The summer in Alta Valtellina is beautiful: snowy peaks, green hills, flowers and lovely hot sun.
Immersing yourself in the wonders of the natural environment of the mountains of the Alps riding on the bike or on the mountain bike along the historical climbs that have characterized the Giro d’Italia is a unique experience.
What you breathe in Bormio is the epic atmosphere of past cycling events, unspoiled nature, challenging roads, strenuous climbs but also, and especially, pure passion.
Many pages of the history of cycling still in the hearts of the supporters have been written on these roads: Fausto Coppi and Stelvio pass, Marco Pantani and Mortirolopass or the 1988 snowstorm at Gavia pass.
Thanks to the many stages of the Giro d’Italia along the mountain passes of Alta Valtellina, these roads are now well known all over the world. Bike fans come to Bormio to experience the achievements of the champions and challenge themselves: it’s a battle-confrontation with the mountain by bike, always a reliable friend.
The Stelvio Pass, or Passo dello Stelvio in Italian, is one of the few places on earth, which most cyclists dream of.
It’s the second highest mountain pass in the Alps at 2758m, only a dozen or so meters lower than Col de l’Iseran (2,770m).
The ascent from the Lombardia side begins in Bormio 1,225 m.asl and is 21 km long.
The Stelvio Pass usually opens in the second half of May and closes during the first days of November. It’s vital to check the weather before you set out (and the webcam Passo Stelvio is also handy).
Don’t have a bicycle with you? A free service of bike-sharing within the town of Bormio is active during the summer season, which provides modern and comfortable bikes. There are also several rental shops for racing bikes, mountain bikes, downhill bikes, city bikes, and children’s bicycles.
To complete the day of hiking by bike or mountain bike, it is fantastic to immerse yourself in the warm thermal waters of Bormio Terme, Bagni Nuovi or Bagni Vecchi.
Relax inside the great thermal bath, you will discover immediately a super status of wellness. The water gushes out directly from the spring at a temperature of between 37°c and 40°c degrees centigrade. Thanks to the rich therapeutic proprieties is a real uplift for your body.
How to get there:
By Air: the nearest airport is Milan or Bergamo. We suggest you to hire a car.