EPIC CLIMBS OF THE GIRO,
Conquer the giants
Discover the heart of the Alps and challenge your limits on legendary ports such as Passo dello Stelvio, Passo Gavia and Mortirolo. Epic climbs that will stay in your heart (and legs) forever. In between the rides discover the charming village of Bormio, relax in refined thermal baths and savor the yummy alpine gastronomy. Make sure you pack your best legs and get ready for an unforgettable self-guided cycling adventure.
- Epic climbs of the Giro d’Italia
- Breathtaking mountain views
- Relax at the thermal baths
Eat and drink
- Alpine delicacies. Bresaola, Sciatt, Pizzoccheri
- Local cheese. Bitto, Scimudin, Casera
- Prestigious red wines. Sfursat, Inferno, Sassella
285km / 180mi
7.500m / 24.000ft
AVG DISTANCE PER DAY
75km / 46mi
OUR FAVOURITE DAY
Day by day
01 Welcome to the Alps
Welcome to Bormio: an enchanting hamlet at the heart of the Alps and gateway to some of the greatest climbs in Italy. Settle into your cozy hotel and put yourself at ease. When ready, hit the road for a nice warm up ride on quiet backroads around the valley before climbing up to the enchanted Cancano Lakes. After the ride enjoy an aperitivo and a magnificent dinner in one of our favorite local restaurants… It’s just the beginning.
40km / 25mi
800m / 2600ft
02 The Stelvio loop
Fuel up your energy at the breakfast table… You’re going to need it all! Stelvio Pass, the highest paved road in Italy, awaits to be conquered on a spectacular ride that tackles both the sides of this legendary climb. Once you’re back in Bormio be sure to celebrate with a well earned cold beer: this is the ride of a lifetime!
105km / 65mi
3000m / 9800ft
03 Mortirolo and Gavia
Another epic day with two more iconic climbs to be crossed off the bucket list: the harsh ramps of Mortirolo, by many considered the hardest climb in Europe, and Passo Gavia, the legendary gateway to the northestearn Alps. Legs are screaming, we know it, but don’t give up! Breathe, raise your head and merge in the pristine beauty of the alpine landscape. After the ride we suggest you swap your cycling shoes for the flip-flops and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Roman baths.
110km / 68mi
3100m / 10200ft
04 Sunrise over the Alps
If you can’t get enough of these thrilling roads, hop on the bike and admire the magical beauty of the sun rising over the Alps. You will have time to conquer the climb to Bormio 2000 before you enjoy a last copious breakfast. Your Vago Cycling contact will meet you at the hotel at 11 am to say farewell before you continue your Italian holiday.
30km / 18mi
600m / 2000ft
OUR BIKES FOR THE RIDE
If you need to rent a bike you can choose 2 different solutions: Standard (Trek Emonda SL 6 Pro Disc or Colnago V3 Disc) for € 150 or upgrade to Top (Trek Emonda SLR 7) for €230.
- On day 1 your Vago Cycling contact will meet you at the Trip hotel in Bormio. Meeting time is at 11am. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.
- On the last day your Vago Cycling contact will meet you at the Trip hotel in Bormio. Meeting time is at 11am. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.
Pre and after tour tips
- The main airports to reach and leave the tour are Milan Linate (LIN), Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY). In order to minimize the risk of jet lag and enjoy every moment of your cycling vacation, we suggest to land in Italy at least one day prior to the beginning of your tour. Before or after the tour we suggest to spend some days visiting the city of Milan. Once the tour is booked our Milan tips list will be shared with you.
- 3 nights of accommodation at carefully selected hotels
- Daily breakfast
- Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
- GPX routes and Roadbook with up to 3 daily ride options
- Daily pre-ride brief
What's not included
- Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Single occupancy supplement (from €300)
- Bike rental (from € 150)
- Any optional activity not outlined in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Anything not listed in the “What’s included” section