Giro dei Giganti

Cycling adventure on the big climbs of Northern Italy

September 3rd-10th 2019

Bormio and Corvara


Monday Sept 2nd:   Depart from California

Tuesday Sept 3rd:  Arrive in Milan.  Book flights to arrive before 1pm in Milan if in need of ground transportation.  We will meet at the airport and drive 3.5hrs to Bormio. Bike prep and shake out ride (if time allows) before dinner.

Wednesday Sept 4th:  The trip begins in earnest!  115 km (71 miles).   Total climbing: 2,695 m (8839 ft).  Bormio- Mortirolo (10 km ave grade 10.6%  max grade 19%) - Passo Gavia (18 km ave grade 6.6%  max grade 14%)- Bormio.

Thursday Sept 5th:  130 km (81 miles).  Total climbing: 2524m (8,280ft).  Bormio- Passo Forcola (max 13%)- Passo di Foscagno (14km ave grade 6% max grade 13%)- Bormio.

Friday Sept 6th:  102 km (64 miles).  Total climbing: 3,104m (10,183ft).  Bormio- Passo Umbrail (19 km max grade 13%)- Passo Stelvio (25km ave grade 7% max grade 13%)- Bormio.   

Saturday Sept 7th:   Van transfer to Corvara in Badia.  4.5hrs.   Hotel check in and easy ride to shake out the legs.

Sunday Sept 8th:  Leg 1 of the Maratona des Dolomites.   106 km (66 miles).  Total climbing: 3,130m (10,270 feet).  Corvara- Passo Valporola (11.5 km ave grade 5.8%)- Passo Pordoi (9.2 km ave grade 6.9%)-  Passo Sella (5.5 km ave grade 7.9%) - Passo Gardena (5.8 km ave grade 4.3%)- Corvara

Monday Sept 9th: Leg 2 of Maratona des Dolomites.  110 km (68 miles).  Total climbing: 3,079m (10,072 feet).  Corvara- Passo Campolongo (5.8 km ave grade 6.1%)- Passo Giau (9.9 km ave grade 9.3%)- Passo Falzarego (11.5 km ave grade 5.8%)- Corvara.

Tuesday Sept 10th:  Transfer to Milan for flight home.  Preferred late morning or afternoon departure.

The numbers:  Total estimated miles not including any shake out rides: 353   (kilometers: 563).   Total feet climbed: 47,302 (14,522m).   Cima Coppi (highest point) Bormio:   Il Stelvio: 8,458 feet (2,578m).  Cima Coppi Corvara:  Passo Sella: 7,362 feet (2,244m).  Average feet climbed per day: 9,460 (2,904m)   Average length of ride: 70.6 miles (112 km).

Accomodations:  Both hotels are bike friendly hotels with secure bike storage rooms, bike wash and repair areas. Double rooms at Hotel Funivia in Bormio.   Double rooms at Hotel Melodia del Bosco in Corvara.  Single rooms are available.  Anticipate $115 more per night for single rooms.

Meals:   All breakfasts provided at the hotel.  2 dinners in Bormio will be at the hotel and 2 out on the town.  All dinners in Corvara at the hotel.   Lunch, coffee, beer, wine and gelato will be during our rides and paid for by the rider.

Bikes:   Option 1:  Bring your own.  Check with airline for cost. Cost will vary from $100 each way to $250 each way.  

Option 2:  Rent.  In Bormio you can rent a nice Pinarello at our Hotel.  In Corvara you can rent equally nice Basso bikes also at the hotel.  Anticipate $60 per day for bike rental at 6 days.  Estimate $360 total which may not be bad considering cost to fly with the bike.

Option 3:  We can arrange rentals from a bike shop in Abruzzo.  Anticipate $40 per day ($240 total).  Everything seems more expensive in the North!

Price:  Included in the price is all ground transportation, hotel accomodations, all dinners and breakfasts. Cost with 8 riders: $2,500 per rider.  Cost with 9 riders $2,250 per.  We can accommodate 12 riders with (2) nine passenger vans.  Cost will decrease per person as we get closer to 12.

Andiamo in Italia!

THE GIANTS:   #1   Torri di Fraele
This twisty yet steady climbed is capped by 17 hairpins in the last 3.5 kms and passes through a tunnel cut in to the cliff before reaching the ruins of the tower at 1941 meters.  The pavement ends at the tower but a good quality dirt road continues on to some stunning high mountain lakes.
Torri di Fraele

#2   The Gavia
The Gavia climbs to 2621 meters making it the 9th highest paved climb in the Alps and certainly one of the most famous. We will ride both sides of this historic paved climb and beyond the summit on the unpaved road to Bormio 3000.  Lets hope for better weather than Andy Hampsten had during the 1988 Giro d'Italia where he sealed his first and only grand tour victory on the climb and descent of the Gavia!
#3   The Stelvio
The Stelvio can be reached easily from our base in Bormio.  After that there wont be much easy about this ride! The original Stelvio pass was built in the mid 1800's and in its current paved version it has become a centerpiece for many epic battles in the Giro d'Italia.  The climb itself features 40 hairpin turns and a series of short tunnels.  The photos below speak for themselves...but it is worth saying that this Giant is a true Monster.   And...if the road climb wasn't enough...we will tack on an additional 26km of unpaved roads climbing even higher than the Stelvio pass to the Cima Garibaldi at over 2600 meters and creating a stunning alpine loop back to Bormio.
#4   Mortirolo (aka Passo delle Foppa)
The Mortitolo is a famous and very steep climb that is frequently raced up in the Giro d'Italia.  In fact the climb has been a centerpiece of la corsa rosa 10 times since 1990.   The road is a tiny one lane affair that grinds relentlessly through the woods and includes 32 signed switchbacks.  The most famous may be the 11th hairpin which features a monument to perhaps the most famous Italian climber ever...Marco Pantani.  Perhaps you can channel your inner Pantani legs to help you up this Giant!
If you have a cool Euro name (Like Ted) you might bsee it on the narrow road up
Memorial to Il Pirata
Ouch!   Major Ouch!
Check back often for a preview of more Giants.  Hope to ride the Alps with you in 2019!
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