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 to say “I rode the first one.”
I have been to Bormio twice a year for the last 8 years and as a result I have made many great contacts , as a result I have decided to organise and run Stelvio Tre Modi – ( the translation means Stelvio 3 ways )
This event has come about from riders attempting Monte Ventoux three ways. The key difference is Stelvio Tre Modi is a fully organised event with mechanics , feed stations , ride numbers , chip timing etc. 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 cyclist, 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, 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 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 be at the base of the Umbrial Pass.
Find your gear, rhythm and commence climbing the Umbrail for circa 16km at an average 8%. You will cross the boarder back into Italy and carry on for circa 1km to the 2nd feed station, this is the same one you stopped at on the way up the Stelvio from Bormio. At this point you must arrive within 6 hours of the start, the cut is 14:30. Failure to arrive by this cut time mean you will be eliminated from the event. Should you wish to continue then there will be NO SUPPORT available.
By now you would have covered circa 76km , after you have been fed, watered and rested , U-turn and retrace your steps by dropping down the Umbrail Pass.
If at this point before returning down the Umbrail Pass , you feel you have had enough then carefully desend down the Stelvio to your hotel, but I am sure you would want to continue and complete this epic challenge you came to do.
When you reach the T-Junction which is the base of the Umbrail Pass turn right and retrace along the Vally road , then take right , signed STELVIO and commence the final climb of the Stelvio from the Parto side – a 24km climb to reach the finish line (third feed).
Special Note MEDICAL CERTIFICATE :-
This must be emailed to us no later than 7 days before the date of the event . The valid date must cover the date of the 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
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 machine timing tine. All prizes will be handed out at the Palace Hotel at the evening meal time.
Men 1st fastest , 2nd fastest 3rd fastest
Women 1st fastest , 2nd fastest 3rd fastest
Men Team 1st fastest team – 3 riders to qualify
Women Men Team 1st fastest 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.
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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
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 you will require a bike box to go into the lorry.
We have many years experience in bike transportation for our customers and other companies so your bike is in safe hands. Should you wish to book please click here
The cost for this is £135.00 but if you book it on the same day as your trip booking you will get a £25 credit on your holiday statement
Many thanks for deciding to take a trip with European Cycle Events, we really look forward to seeing you.
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