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Cycling the Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass is probably the most iconic climb in cycling because of it’s setting, beauty, difficulty, and history. It makes the Alpe d’Huez look like kid’s stuff. To be honest, Alpe d’Huez is the most overrated climb there is. The Stelvio is a real climb. The numbers:

Stelvio Pass

    • Length: 24.3 km
  • Average grade: 7.4%
  • Height: 2758 meters
  • Climb: 1808 meters
  • Turns: 48 (Prata) or 40 (Bormio)

Alp d’Huez

  • Length: 13.2 km
  • Average grade: 8.1%
  • Height: 1815 meters
  • Climb: 1071 meters
  • Turns: 21
Stelvio from top to Prata

The view from the top of the Stelvio down toward Prata.

This was an out-and-back ride, both sides, starting in Bormio. In 60 miles it was almost 11,000 feet of climbing.

Turn 40 at the bottom of the Stelvio in Bormio

Turn 40 at the bottom of the Stelvio in Bormio, the first of 40 turns on the Bormio side

 

The view from turn 33 on Stelvio Bormio side

The view from turn 33 on Passo Stelvio, Bormio side.

 

The long straight stretch on the Bormio side.

The long straight stretch on the Bormio side.

 

Tunnel on Stelvio, Bormio side

One of the tunnels on Stelvio, Bormio side.

 

Very old road sections, Bormio side

Very old road sections, Bormio side.

 

Another shot of old road sections, Bormio side

Another shot of old road sections, Bormio side

 

The old road to the top of the Stelvio, Bormio side

The old road to the top of the Stelvio, Bormio side

 

Turn 48 at the bottom of the Stelvio

Turn 48 at the bottom of the Stelvio. This is the first of 48 hairpins.

 

Typical hairpin on the Stelvio

Typical hairpin on the Stelvio.

 

Weird art at the bottom of the Stelvio, Prata side

Weird art at the bottom of the Stelvio, Prata side.

 

The Ritchey with Stelvio Art

The Ritchey with Stelvio Art

 

Glacier on Stelvio's Prata side

Glacier on Stelvio’s Prata side

 

Me at Stelvio sign

Me at Stelvio sign at top.

To Ride or Not to Ride

Yes! Duh!

Strava Map from this ride

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