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 been visiting Bormio twice a year for the past 10 years and as a result I have built up great contacts and have therefore 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 reaching 2758m which is absolutely amazing, there’s no doubt about it. We have all seen pictures and videos on the Internet, well now’s your chance to have the full experience in each and every way. Please drill down on our web page to find out whats install.
The event commences from Bormio and you start climbing straight away with 21kms ahead averaging 7%,which will lead you to the first feed station (18km) just 3km short of the top of the pass. We suggest you take on food , drink and a rest before the last 3km of the pass before dropping down into Prato. After a careful decent circa 24km, you will then turn left along rolling terrain for circa 15km, which you will then take a left turn and commence the climb off the Umbrial Pass. As you reach the top you will then cross the Swiss boarder back into Italy, and circa 1km later you will reach the 2nd feed station (75km) – which is the same location as the 1st feed station. The cut is 13:30 (and average of 10kph), failure to make the cut means you will you will be eliminated from the event/results sheet. Should you wish to continue then there will be NO SUPPORT available – but we will always look out for you.
As previously mentioned you would have covered circa 75km , after you have been fed, watered and rested . Riders will then 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 – a 24km climb to reach the finish line (third feed) – part way up this final climb there will be a drinks tank to reload with water and we will have energy products.
Please note, if at the 2nd feed (top at the Umbral Pass) you feel you have had enough then turn right and 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.
Event Start time – 06:00 ,
Cut off time 13:30
Event finish time 18:00
Total ride time 12 hours ride time
Experienced Sportive/Gran Fondo riders have a set of items they always carry , but here’s 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 of 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 (sag wagon,HQ number, medic number, mechanics) – we will supply this information in your sign on bag.
Thin wind jacket
A lot of these things can fit in 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 you are wearing Santini you are wearing quality and the choice of champions. We are therefor delighted to announce that Santini are our clothing supplier for the Stelvio Tre Modi, so as you can climb in comfort.
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 must cover the date of the event. No medical certificate , no ride even if you have paid.
A HELMET must be worn 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 – DISQUALIFIED.
Two feed stations
Water tank on the last climb
End of ride food
Presentation of prizes and sign on HQ – Palace Hotel Bormio
Should you refer a friend who has not been with European Cycle Events previously then you will get a £20.00 credit on your statement , the limit is up to the value of your trip.
As well as a medal for each rider that crosses the finish line we will be presenting individual prizes. Always remember 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. Your ride time is taken when you pass chip timing machine NOT your GPS. All prizes will be handed out at the Palace Hotel during the evening meal time.
Men 1st , 2nd , 3rd
Women 1st , 2nd , 3rd
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 15/7/2023 between 09:00 – 18:00 and can only be collected by the person who has entered as they will have to sign on – NO EXCEPTIONS
If you are using our airport coach service via the package purchase 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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Outbound 13/7/2023 -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 17/7/2023 – 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 and responsible for their own actions.
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. The cost for this is £150.00 – click here to book
Many thanks for deciding to take a trip with European Cycle Events, we really look forward to seeing you.
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