Each year the local council in Bormio , close various mountain passes on different days to cars so cyclists can have a peaceful ride up the climbs and then drop down without the worry of being “tooted” by the edgy car owner.
We will be running a trip from 29/8/2024 – 2/9/2024 (4 days) – tbc , which gives us the chance to climb Cancano , Stelvio (all sides) and the Gavia – traffic free. All these passes have been used by the Giro d’Italia, so now’s your chance to cycle at your pace in the tracks of the Pro’s.
The Palace Hotel (our base) provides a feast of cycling within easy reach with a wellness centre and swimming pool for you to relax in after a day in the saddle.
Thursday 29th August – Arrive , unpack , get together , welcome drive , chat about the weekend
Friday 30st August 2024 (8.30-12.30) – road to Cancano
Saturday 31st 2024 (8.00-16.00) – Cima Coppi (Stelvio closed on all 3 sides)
Sunday 1st September 2024 (8.30-16.30) – Gavia Pass
So why not come and join us for a fantastic weekend staying in the heart of Bormio at the 4 star Palace Hotel.
You will be staying at the 4-star Palace Hotel, Bormio which sits 1km from the Stelvio and 2km from the Gavia. It’s a cycling friendly/perfect hotel with a secure cycle room for your bike and offering customers the chance to submit their cycling kit for washing , free of charge. It’s a well known hotel in the town and has hosted many Pro teams when the Giro is in town and when teams are on training camps. The Palace Hotel is equipped with everything you need to relax after a day in the saddle , a wellness centre and swimming pool.
Quality Continental breakfast, locally made pastries, great coffee, juices , fruit cold meats and a selection of yoghurts.
Aperitif, starter, main course desert – a mouth watering different menu each night with a great wines.
Bike perfect hotel
Your bike is in a safe place. There is a large purpose-made underground bike room where your bike can stay overnight, and where you can make any adjustments you may need, including washing it down over the grated floor.
Fly into Milan Malpensi airport (MXP) and board the coach for the journey to Bormio – it’s about 3 hours with a break just after half way. – ensure you are though customs by 13:00 , the coach leaves at 13:30 – Terminal 1 – where I personally will meet you (Dudley Samuels)
On our arrival at the hotel we will check in and just before our evening meal we will gather in the bar and a full introduction of staff (European Cycle Events)
Roll out @ 10am – todays route will take us to bend number two of the Stelvio pass to give you a tease and we will left turn and head up to the Swiss Boarder via the Foscango climb. This is 21.5km with a good 2% run in before it starts to bite. On our return we will left turn to ride up to the stunning lake at the top of the Cancano climb (closed to traffic) , this is circa 10km with an average of 7% .
Roll out @ 10am – you will have the chance of a double ascent of the famous Stelvio or just the one side it’s 100% up to you no pressure.
Option 1) We will climb the Stelvio pass from Bormio and as you close in at the top you can take a left turn into Switzerland via the Umbrail Pass. This is a narrow pass and particularly technical so needs extra care. At the base we will be waiting for you to guide you around the back of Switzerland to the base of the Stelvio via Prato. This is the harder route up the Stelvio, but it’s more scenic with a few more cafe stops along the way!!
Option 2) Is to omit the left turn up the Stelvio previously mentioned, and drop down the other side and route round via Switzerland and climb up the Umbrail Pass meeting the Stelvio.
Option 3) Climb the Stelvio from Bormio and relax at the top !
Roll out @ 10am – we will roll around the corner and start the climb of the Gavia (traffic free) for 25km have lunch at the top and then drop down the side you climbed up.
Time to reflect on your time away whilst travelling back to Milan Malpensa Terminal 1 Airport. We leave at 10:00 , we suggest you have a flight booked after 15:00 , this factors in being at the airport two hours in advance and traffic en-route
£799.95 per person.
No hidden extras.
If we get enough bookings (12) there will be an option for us to take your bike by road.
£100.00 deposit secures your place
£200.00 interim payment on/by 1/5/2024
Balance on/by 14/7/2024
£175.00 – Single room supplement, subject to availability.
Please take a look at our payment and cancellations Terms and Conditions.
Please ensure you are through passport control by 13:00 as the coach leaves at 13:30
We will be at the arrivals section at Milan Malpensa Terminal 1 to greet you
On return the coach leaves the airport at 10:00 am and its about a 3.5 hour drive so
please factor that in when booking your return flight
Many thanks for deciding to take a trip with European Cycle Events, we really look forward to seeing you.
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