The Stelvio

$7,950

Taking full advantage of our local knowledge this trip takes in all the charm and savage beauty of the Italian Alps. We’ll begin by exploring Lake Garda and the many hills that surround it, while also getting a taste of some local culture and cuisine from Verona native Eros Poli, who went on to win Olympic gold and one of the most famous Tour de France stages of all time.

The second part of this adventure will take you north, right into the high mountains. At 2,758 meters, the Stelvio is the highest paved road in Italy and along with its neighbors, the Gavia and the Mortirolo, it has shaped bike racing since being introduced at the Giro d’Italia in 1953, when the race organizers pitted their greatest champion, Fausto Coppi, against the greatest challenge anyone could imagine. There are higher roads, but none compare in terms of history and for racing fans, these remain the purest and most exciting climbs in the world. And because you’re with inGamba, you’ll experience all of this with the kind of equipment and support that normally only professionals can enjoy.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Verona

Finish Location:

Milan

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8-12

Total Distance:

496km

Total Elevation:

11,900m

Longest Day:

Day 3. Merano. 110km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. The Stelvio. 2,600m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Marciaga

Benvenuti in Italia! There's no such thing as a flat ride on this trip, but this route is a gentle introduction to the area, which should give you plenty of time to shake out those legs and make sure your bike is perfect. If something isn't quite right, this is the day to dial it in with your mechanic. From the east, the climb to the summit of Marciaga, overlooking Lake Garda, is relatively easy, and is followed by an exciting descent to the waterfront.
2

Lumini

The largest lake in the country, Lake Garda is a perennial favorite of the rich and famous, who have flocked here since Roman times for the incredible views, calm waters and perfect climate. Our ride will begin with a rolling path at the beginning to the feet of the Lumini climb, followed by a fast and exciting descent to the lake.
3

Merano

Leaving the lake behind, this route follows the valley of the Adige river towards the mountains. For most of the day the roads will be pan flat, where we'll work together and conserve energy for final kilometres, when the gradient increases for the climb to Castel Verruca. This is a small taste of what's to come.
4

The Stelvio

The Stelvio is one of the world's great climbs – one that every serious cyclist should experience at least once. We'll take it on from the Prato side, known for its iconic 48 hairpin bends. The climb gains 1,533 meters in 21.5km, so pace yourself and finish strong, because you'll still need to be fresh for the thrilling descent into Bormio.
5

Lago di Cancano

Setting out from Bormio, this figure-of-eight loop will treat you to one of the region's hidden gems: The climb to the Torri di Fraele. The route begins by rolling through several picturesque little towns, giving you plenty of time to warm up for the main event, an 8.4km climb up tight switchbacks at an average gradient of 7.1%, before a gravel finish that arrives at the stunning Lago di Cancano. After that, we'll descend and head south along the Adda river before returning back to base.
6

The Gavia

Today is a big day, as we climb one of the most legendary peaks in all of cycling. The famous photo of Andy Hampsten riding in ski goggles en route to his Giro d’Italia win in 1988 is a testament to the grinta required to tackle such a formidable climb. The entire ascent is 20km – not including the lead up to the base along the valley floor, which gains 700m before the real climb starts – and gains 1,350m, bringing us to an elevation of 2,620m at the summit, where we'll stop for a well-earned panino.
7

Passo di Mortirolo

Time to tackle one last mythic climb. We’ll depart early and have an hour warm up along the valley at a quick pace on the way to the Passo di Mortirolo, one of the most difficult mountain passes in cycling because of the mercilessly steep gradients that top out at 18% and average over 10% for the duration. After our descent, there’ll be some quick showers and after lunch we’ll whisk you away in the afternoon to Malpensa airport or downtown Milan.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820