DAY 3 – SATURDAY 19 MAY | STAGE 14
Breakfast: From 7am
Ride Start: 7.45am
Our Rides: 50km, 75km, 100km – 3000m climbing
Dinner: Free program
Accommodation: Bormio, Lombardy (2 of 3 nights)
More About Our Day:
An amazing day awaits you today. It’s time to climb the Stelvio and head up into the beautiful mountains. We will head off after breakfast to tackle the beast returning to Bormio for a late lunch.
After lunch the choice is yours to rest up, enjoy exploring Bormio or head out again on the bike for the afternoon program to ride Torre de Fraele, Lago Cancano Loop.
The Race: Stage 14
San Vito al Tagliamento – Monte Zoncolan, 181.0km
First queen stage across the Alps. 181km long with 5 categorised climbs and 4400 m of elevation gain. It starts with Monte di Ragogna and in the final 45 km, Passo Duron, Sella Valcalda and Monte Zoncolan. It’s the 6th finish on the Zoncolan, and the 5th one on the “intimidating” side of Ovaro. On Monte di Ragogna several Tours of Friuli have finished, amongst all when Bugno won the Italian championship in 1991. Monte Zoncolan has gradients topping out 22% in its first part. In Chialina (1.5 km before the foot of the climb) there will be the usual pit-stop where the following vehicles will be replaced by motorbikes.
Our Rides: Stelvio Pass, Torre de Fraele, Lake Cancano
Time: 7.45am Ride Options: 50km, 75km, 100km – 3000m climbing
Morning: “The Stelvio Pass” 50km – 1600m Climbing
- Torre de Fraele/ The Mini Stelvio 25km – 1300m climbing
- From the top of Torre de Fraele Pass
- Additional optional: Lake Cancano, Strada Nero dirt loop 25km – 100m climbing.
The Stelvio Pass: The stats: Length 21km, Average Gradient: 7%, Height at start: 1200m, Height at finish 2758m, Total Elevation Gained: 1558m
Today it’s an iconic climb, which is no doubt on your bucket list, the Stelvio Pass.
We head straight out of the hotel, through town and we are onto the climb. Overall, the climb is quite steady with a maximum gradient of 12%, so just pace yourself accordingly. If it feels easy in the first few kilometres then you are doing it right.
You’ve probably never ridden through snowfields and up to these altitudes, but you will today! As you approach the top the snow walls on the side of the road will be up to 2 metres in height. When you arrive at the top there will be time for some reflection on riding this amazing climb, the traditional photos in front of the Stelvio sign and then put some warm gear on and head on down and back to Bormio for great coffee and lunch.
After lunch you have the option to relax at the hotel and keep some reserves in the tank for tomorrow’s big loop, or ride (or travel in the vehicle) up to the Torre de Fraele fort and viewpoint. The views of the mountains, the valley toward Bormio and looking down over the switchbacks of the “Mini Stelvio” are fantastic.
Once at the top of Fraele, you can choose the option to ride the Strada Nero “dirt loop” of Lago Canacano or head back down the Torre Fraele and onto Bormio for a refreshing cool drink.
Non Cycling – Things to see off the bike:
This morning you have options to explore Bormio, it’s old center, the thermal spa’s or travel in the vehicle up to the Stelvio pass following the group. We’ll be stopping along the way to take photo’s, assist the cyclists and enjoy the stunning scenery, maybe even see an elusive marmot or two sunning themselves!
In the afternoon the choice is yours, you can travel in the vehicle up to the viewpoint at Torre de Fraele and its fort, or explore Bormio in the afternoon with a Gelato in hand.
Dinner: Tonight we’ve kept the program open for you to explore the many dining opportunities Bormio has to offer. It’s a short walk into the village and it’s eateries and restaurants. Ask us for ideas, we’ll give you some suggestions based on your preferred food types and dining style!
Bormio, Lombardy (2 of 3 nights)