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Climbs starting in or around Bormio

On the map: climbs starting within 30 km radius from Bormio ordered by difficulty

Surrounded by famous Italian climbs like the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo. No better place to enjoy the perfect cycling holiday


Any self-respecting cyclist with or without climber's legs will sooner or later end up in Bormio. Although the town is not easily accessible by car, train or other means of transport, it still has a great attraction for cyclists and that has of course everything to do with the big three of Italian cycling; the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo. And that means something in a country that has few flat roads outside the Po plain.

Bormio is located quite deep in the Alps near the border with Switzerland and the border with Austria. The Stelvio therefore has both an Italian and German name (Stilfser Joch). When you climb the Stelvio you almost continuously rub against the Swiss border. Via the Umbrailpass you can also cross the border. This is the only option to make a tour where you can climb the Stelvio from its most popular north side (start from Prato allo Stelvio).

On the east side of Bormio you drive to the famous Passo Gavia, which really starts at Santa Caterina. From this side the Gavia is a lot easier than the Stelvio, but the surroundings are just as beautiful. Riding on to Ponte di Legno for a round trip is possible, possibly including the Mortirolo which lies further south. The Mortirolo is made for real climbers. The west side is the toughest, from Grosetto or Mazzo.

In addition, there are plenty of other cols (including Bormio2000, Passo Bernina, Passo di Foscagno, Passo del Tonale) for a successful cycling holiday. Bormio also offers suitable hotels that focus more and more on cyclists in summer. Since Bormio is also a ski resort, there is plenty of accommodation.

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