The Passo dello Stelvio (Stilfserjoch) is one of the great mountain passes of the Alps. One that should be on any cyclist's bucket list.
Prato allo Stelvio (Prad am Stilfserjoch) is the starting point of the most well-know Stelvio approach, the one with the bends.
Following the SS38 to the south, the first kilometers are pretty easy. Amidst the trees, the road slowly ascends via Ponte di Stelvio and Stelvio after which the climb is called. A road hangar announces the first of the 48 bends. After you reach the bridge over the Rio Trafoi, it gets tougher. Only one kilometer below 7% is left to recuperate. The other 17 kilometers are north of 7%.
But good news, your first reward will soon follow. The properly named Bella Vista (Schöne Aussicht) Hotel announces a fantastic view on the peaks along the pass. Don't drive into the hotel in front of you, but take the two hairpins to get a better view yourself.
The climb gets steeper, but hasn't shown his real face yet. After 15 kilometers of climbing, you reach another landmark; the Rocca Bianca restaurant (zum Weissen Knot). You are at about 1861 meter above sealevel now, more or less on top of the Mont Ventoux. The Stelvio yet has to start... Cause still, despite many hairpins, you haven't reached nor seen the so typical hairpin section with the stony bends.
But that will soon change. The col now reaches its hardest part and opens up. Stones to the right annouce the final section. Before you know, you're on it. Many only realize after a couple of kilometers, but the first hairpin to the right gives way to one of the most infamous climb stretches on our globe. All of a sudden, right in front of you, you can see the top of the pass behind the Hotel Franzenhöhe. You're at tornante 24, so 23 more hairpins to go and still more than 600 heightmeters. It's a long way to the top.
But the views and environment now inspire you to pull the best out of yourself. It's still over 8% on average, but, unless you lost your pace, hairpins now follow eachother ever closer. Motorbikes spoil your fresh air, cars your perfect line to the left. Finally you reach the top with the typical shops. Sometimes it can be a "casino" there with all the bikers, motorbikers and tourists searching for food, views and selfies. To the left, you can see the Restaurant Albergo Tibet with its typical... well, Tibethian construction. Looking down you finally get the best view over all those hairpins you just rounded. You're there.
Stelvio summer events :
• Granfondo Santini
• VEB – Valtellina Extrême Brevet
• Tristan Hoffman Challenge
• Stelvio Challenge
• S. Antonio Valfurva – Passo Gavia (amateur cyclists race)
• Mapei Day
• Granfondo MTB
• Zero RH+ Contador
• Scalata Cima Coppi
• Giro dei Laghi di Cancano
The Passo dello Stelvio is situated in Trentino-Alto Adige. This climb belongs to the Alps.
Starting from Prato,
the Passo dello Stelvio ascent is 24.3 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1808 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.4 %.
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