Cycling Umbrail/Stelvio pass Santa Maria Val Müstair

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Umbrail/Stelvio pass - Santa Maria Val Müstair (MTB)

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Average grade: 9.4 %

Length: 14.64 km

Altitude start: 1380 m

Altitude top: 2758 m

Ascent: 1378 m

Maximum: 11 %

Umbrail/Stelvio pass rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 183 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 14 (all)
Difficulty score: 180.72 what?

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Starting from Santa Maria Val Müstair, the Umbrail/Stelvio pass ascent is 14.64 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1378 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.4 %. The maximum slope is 11 %.

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Story by andee from birmingham, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/07/2015
A veritable feast. High altitude, stern yet steady gradient and less of the circus that doing the full route of either stelvio side contains.
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Story by Solomon from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 20/11/2013
Part 3: They were all in shock. He puts it down to training at altitude at the Stelvio.

I wanted to do this review as there were no reviews from the Santa Maria side.
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Story by Solomon from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 20/11/2013
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I am very slow but, I feel climbing at anything above 2000m every 1m climbed is like climbing 2m below 2000m of altitude. The cold and lack of oxygen is energy sapping. I don’t have the confidence to do both sides of the Stelvio, Prato and Bormio side as I may end up not making it. I would need a friend in a car for a pick. Then again who knows, but would need lots of rest days after.

You can also cycle back to Prato from the Stelvio from Santa Maria a lovely downhill route. Very stunning. You pass thru the Swiss border into Italy they never check the passports.

You can also also climb the Offen pass after after descending towards Santa Maria or climb the Offen pass first then the Stelvio from Santa Maria.

Santa Maria is very, very nice and should be visited from the Stelvio or Prato side.

Prato is my favourite part of the world and I love the climbs around there. Enough to keep a pro cyclist busy for ages. My friend who is an elite senior in Hawaii trained for 8 days on the Stelvio, Gavia, Offen pass, but mainly the 48 switch backs. He then took off a week after the Stelvio holiday and did an elite over 60s event in Hawaii. He said he was super, super fit after training at the Stelvio and....
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Story by Solomon from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 20/11/2013
This is a lovely climb. Basically it is ¾ as hard both as the Stelvio from the Prato side. It starts in Santa Maria there is a lovely bakery there with waterworks and a nice pizzeria. The climb starts off with very nice road switchbacks 8-10% to a high end Café on the left. Then there is straight road to the unpaved road all the way to the start of the switch backs to the Ovaro Swiss exit on the Stelvio Bormio side. There is a lovely café and cows at this exit. The rest of the climb is the climb from the Bormio side to the Stelvio, a very deceiving climb you think it finishes, but it never does. I have always found the Stelvio climb from Bormio not honest, it never ends, and whilst the 48 switchbacks from Prato lovely and true, you know where you are on the Gallery.

I have done this climb after doing the Stelvio. U descend towards Switzerland Santa Maria. Along the route part of the road is un-paved and gravelly, but the local municipality is re-surfacing the road which should bring some business to Santa Maria which is a lovely village. If you do the 48 Stelvio switch backs and the Santa Maria climb it is about 3200meters, but all at altitude – the real killer.

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