We at European Cycle Events are taking the bold step of organising a Sportive (Gran Fondo) ,in Italy. We are gearing up to make this an annual event and slowly building it year on year so why not be one of the riders who can say “I rode the first one.”
I have visited Bormio twice a year for the last 8 years and as a result I have made many great contacts , therefore I have decided to organise and run Stelvio Tre Modi – ( the translation means Stelvio 3 ways )
This event has come about from talking to our customers and trying to come up with something different. Some riders maybe scratching their heads thinking where’s the third way up the Stelvio, well is the little known Umbrail which was last used as the final climb for the Queens stage of the 100th Giro won by Vicenzo Nibali.
The Stelvio is the most famous pass in Italy for cyclists, in fact in Europe (well that maybe up for debate). It has featured in the Giro d’italia on numerous occasions with GC contenders laying down the foundations for victory on these slopes. The Stelvio towers over Bormio and reaches 2758m high which I believe is the highest pass in Europe and is absolutely amazing, no doubt about it. We have all seen numerous pictures and videos on the Internet, well now is your chance to have the full experience in each and every way on the Stelvio Pass.
The event commences from Bormio and you will be climbing straight away with 21kms ahead of you with an average gradient of 7%,which will lead you to the first feed station (18km) which is just 3km short of the top of the pass of the left.
We suggest you take on food and a rest before dropping down into Prato. After a careful decent circa 24km, you will then turn left and level out along a rolling terrain for circa 15km , upon which you will take a left turn and commence the climb of the Umbrial Pass. You will then cross the boarder back into Italy and circa 1km you will reach the 2nd feed station (75km). You must arrive within 7 and half hours of the start, the cut is 13:30 (and average of 10kph) . Failure to arrive by the cut time means you will be eliminated from the event/results sheet. Should you wish to continue then there will be NO SUPPORT available.
By now you would have covered circa 75km , after you have been fed, watered and rested , U-turn and retrace your steps by dropping down the Umbrail Pass, when you reach the T-Junction turn right and retrace along the Vally road , then take right , signed STELVIO and commence the final climb of the pass from the Parto side – a 24km climb to reach the finish line (third feed) – part way up this final climb will be a drinks tank.
If at the 2nd feed before returning down the Umbrail Pass , you feel you have had enough then carefully descend down in the direction of Bormio to your hotel, but I am sure you would want to continue and complete this epic challenge you came to do.
Event Start time – 06:00 ,
Cut off time 13:30
Event finish time 18:00
Total ride time 11.5 hours ride time
Experienced Sportive/Gran Fondo riders have a set of items they always carry , but here’s just a suggestion.
Two bottles (if your a heavy drinker, always refill at feed stations) – else one and a tool kit bottle
Allen keys set , tyre leavers , small cut patch of a tyre , two tubes , Co2 catridges
Pump if not mounted on your bike or you do not use Co2’s
Energy gel(s) – just in case you need them between feed stations
Energy bar(s) – just in case you need them between feed stations
Event contact numbers
Thin wind jacket
A lot of these things can fit in a under saddle pack or a tub tube pack.
When you hear the name Santini in the cycling world one thing comes to mind – QUALITY. Based in Bergamo Santini was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini and he is still active in the business to this day along with his two daughters. Santini are clothing suppliers to numerous Pro teams as well as being the official jersey supplier to the Giro , Vuelta and the World Championships. So when your wearing a Santini your wearing the choice of champions. We are therefor delighted to announce that Santini are our clothing supplier for the Stelvio Tre Modi, so as you climb the Stelvio you can climb in comfort wearing your event jersey.
To view our event jersey, size chart and to order please clock here > Event Jersey and sizes and Order
Special Note MEDICAL CERTIFICATE :-
This must be emailed to us no later than 7 days before the date of the event . The certificate can not be more than a year old from the date of our event. No medical certificate , no ride even if you have paid.
A HELMET must be worn at all times whilst riding the event , no helmet no ride , if your helmet is removed during the ride and you continue to ride you will NOT be assisted and your name will be removed from the timing list
Three feed stations including the finish line
End of ride food
Presentation of prizes at HQ – Palace Hotel Bormio
Should you refer a friend that has not been with European Cycle Events previously then you will get a £20.00 credit on your statement , the limit to this is the value of this trip , so you could refer 40 people and get a free trip !!!
As well as there being a medal for each rider that crosses the finish line we will be presenting trophies to category individual winner and a team prize. We have detailed below what will be given , please note the person who crosses the line first may not have the fastest time as a rider at the back of the starting field could have ridden the course quicker. You ride time is taken when you pass chip timing machine NOT your GPS. All prizes will be handed out at the Palace Hotel at the evening meal time.
Men 1st , 2nd , 3rd
Women 1st , 2nd , 3rd
Team 1st team – 3 riders to qualify
Men Fastest over 50 years > (on day of the event)
Women Fastest 50 years > (on day of the event)
Registration can ONLY be done online, there will be NO entries or changes on the day. All ride packs can be collected from Palace Hotel Via Milano, 54, 23032 Bormio SO, Italy. Please do NOT contact the hotel regards event details, entries etc as they will not have any information. Your race pack can be collected on 17/7/2021 between 09:00 – 18:00 and can only be collected by the person who has entered – NO EXCEPTIONS
If you are booking a package then you will be need to be through customs by 13:00 , as the coach leaves at 13:30 from Milan Malpensa airport – TERMINAL 1
If you are thinking of making your own way to Bormio , you have different options. Bormio is situated in Alta Valtellina, in the heart of the Alps, close to the border with Switzerland. It is about 125 miles (200 km) from Milan, 149 miles (240 km) from Zurich (CH) and 80 miles (130 km) from Bolzano. Bormio is reachable by car or public transport, the latter is a combination of train and bus. Bormio’s closest Italian Airports are Bergamo and Milan, but is well served by Zurich in Switzerland.
1. £100.00 deposit , Pay Monthly , 1st payment one month after deposit, last payment 31/6/2022
Payment via standing order – please ask for bank details
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Outbound 21/7/2022 -Thursday
Fly into Milan Malpensa airport (MXP) airport
Ensure you are cleared through customs by 13:00 as the coach leaves TERMINAL 1 at 13:30
Return 25/7/2022 – Monday
Coach departs from the hotel at 10:00 a.m.
3-hour transfer, so book your return flight with this in mind.
N.B. The coach will drop you off at Terminal 1 Milan Malpensa, so factor in time to get to Terminal 2
Although this event is fully supported by us as detailed on this web page , the event is classified as a “Sportive” not a race. The definition of a sportive is a cycling event around a designed route, where each rider must be self sufficient.
We offer bike transport by road in our custom built trailer and lorry , if you choose the trailer then no bike box is require and it’s on a first come first served for the trailer (32 bikes) otherwise your bike will be carefully packed in our large vans.
We have many years experience in bike transportation for our customers, charities ,clubs and tour operators, so your bike is in safe hands. Should you wish to book please contact us.
The cost for this is £135.00 – payable in one payment
Many thanks for deciding to take a trip with European Cycle Events, we really look forward to seeing you.
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