There are few mountains in cycling that inspire like the magical Passo Dello Stelvio, It is close to the highest pass in the alps, but in the beauty stakes there are very few that compare. Today our group set off from Bormio with near perfect weather and for those who don't know, the Bormio side of the Stelvio is superb, 22km at 7.3% with character that changes regularly as you climb. The crew reached the top, all bar two for the first time ever, and the summit was a trophy nobody will ever forget. The summit of the Stelvio is like a small town, restaurants and souvenir shops everywhere!
After a short break and an espresso, we headed down the other side, each rider with a different turn point designed to allow some experience of the classic side of the climb. Most turned at Trafoi, climbing 15km back to the summit, at 9%, some brave soldiers however went all the way down to Prato, to take on the 27km climb back to the summit. The Prato side of the Stelvio is unique in all of cycling and every rider on the planet should try to ride it at least once. I know for a fact our group will remember for all of their days.
Special mentions to Eddy, riding seriously for only a few years and summitted like a pro, and Gordo who crashed heavily only 5 days ago, back on the bike today and bagged the summit twice. Thanks to all for making it a day to remember.
I will let the photos speak for themselves.!
Brian Bubba Cooke
Exercise Physiologist, coach & cycling tragic for 30 years. Love the freedom, reward and sense of achievement that one can only experience in our amazing sport.