The Stelvio


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 F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • 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:


Finish Location:


Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 3. Merano. 110km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. The Stelvio. 2,609m


Day by Day Breakdown



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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations. 

YOUR Guide

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.




Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk


ZIPP Service Course SL




Speedplay (or your own)


Selle Italia


Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers


Vittoria Corsa CX


Elite Custom Race


Elite Corsa Team


Garmin Edge 820