Cycle Stelvio Pass - Road Cycling Holidays, Tours and Training Camps in the Italians Alps for Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo

Ultimate Italy Stelvio, Gavia & Mortirolo

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Cycle the Stelvio Pass, Gavia & Mortirolo during an action packed week of riding in the Italian Alps.

“Attention to detail. That, in three words, summarises my first experience with Col Conquerors. Routes, accommodation, backup – the team put a great deal of effort into putting their trips together, leaving us riders nothing to do but ride and enjoy.” – Graeme Scott

Holiday Summary

Italy provides some of the most iconic and challenging mountains you can climb on a bike. The Passo dello Stelvio, Passo dello Gavia and the epic Passo dello Mortirolo are the stuff of legends often featuring in the Giro d’Italia. You’ll have earned a lot of respect conquering these peaks during this challenging 7 night road cycling holiday. You’ll overcome these and other challenges during the tour whilst also having the opportunity of joining a small club of riders that have climbed Stelvio from all 3 sides in one day if you choose.

Our Ultimate cycling holiday is based in Bormio at the foot of the mighty Stelvio and surrounded by magnificent peaks you’ll spend 7 nights in our hotel that has been carefully selected to provide you with a high level of comfort, superb cuisine and bike facilities. The hotel has been in the same family since it first opened its doors several generations ago and the staff really go out of their way to look after us cyclists. At the end of a day on the bike relax in the comfortable lounge and bar with a cold beer or glass of wine or take a massage ahead of the following days ride.

This is a challenging but very rewarding week of cycling surrounded by some of the finest views in the Italian Alps.

Detailed Trip Information

Contact Dates

16th June > 23 June

14th Sep > 21 Sep

Duration

7 Nights

Difficulty

4 / 5

Distance

600km

Climbing

13,000m > 17,000m

Max. Group Size

12

Price

1725.00€

We’ve carefully selected this hotel as your base in Bormio as it provides a perfect blend of hospitality, great food and ambience along with having great bike facilities.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - Stay at the Genzianella a perfect base to cycle from in Bormio

Our hotel for this trip is located in a quiet area of Bormio and a short 5 minute walk to the old town. With its own impeccably kept grounds it’s a perfect spot to relax post ride.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - Space to relax outside the hotel Genzianella in Bormio

Genuine good food and wine are always very important to us. The chef and his team at the hotel only use the best quality local produce to prepare menus that will make your dining on this tour extra special.

Every evening the restaurant menu includes; An amouse bouche, a rich buffet full of salads, grilled and fresh vegetables, first course with a choice of 4 fresh daily made dishes, second course with a choice of 4 fresh daily made dishes, a choice of local cheeses and a selection of sweets from the buffet.

If you want to spend you holiday in the Italian Alps, one of the reasons must be the food. That’s why we want to take you on a trip through the traditions and secrets of the best Italian cuisine offering healthy and genuine dishes. Great care and attention are taken in the preparation of the hotel menu to make your dining at the restaurant Genzianella a wonderful culinary experience.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - Great food at the Genzianella in Bormio

There are always vegetarian and gluten free dishes available on request and as always you just need to let us know your needs before you arrive.

The hotel offers a fine selection of local and Italian red wines to complement your evening meal.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - A wide variety of locally produce for all tastes

Having good quality, secure bike storage is essential for any trip away. Your base in Bormio has a high quality bike room where you can house your velo and essential kit for the week safe in the knowledge that it’s under video surveillance at all times. The bike storage facility is also equipped with a small workshop and bike cleaning bay to complement our own support equipment.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - Secure bike storage

Bedrooms are on a twin share basis and are either a twin or double format (single supplement available based on availability). The rooms are modern with superb beds that really aid a good nights sleep after a day on the bike.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - Comfortable rooms for a great nights sleep in Bormio

The location of the hotel although central offers some great views.

Cycle Stelvio Pass - A Central location with great views and tranquility

The lounge and bar area is very comfortable and has been a haunt both post ride and again after dinner to enjoy a chat about achievements of the day. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and snacks and drinks are always available in this area. As is always the case in Italy from our experience the coffee is exceptional!

Cycle Stelvio Pass - A comfortable lounge and bar

Arrival Day

You will be met at the airport in person by ourselves ready for your private transfer to your accommodation in Bormio.

We aim to leave the airport in Milan (Malpensa) by 1.30PM. Please ensure flights land well in advance of this and check with us before booking them.

On arrival at the accommodation the welcome meeting outlines the plan for the week and there’s then plenty of time to put the bikes together and take an easy spin to make sure everything is ready for the first day of riding.

In the evening the first dinner is a great way to discuss the plan for the following day and get to know the others in the group.

Day 1

Distance & Climbing : 102KM / 3150 meters

You’re here to climb and enjoy the stunning scenery and day 1 certainly gets the week off to a flying start. Departing the hotel you’ll first head to Switzerland via the Passo Umbrail with its summit at 2501 meters before returning to Bormio via the classic route of the Stelvio, truly spectacular.

Cycle Stelvio during our 7 night Holiday - Day 1 Stelvio

Day 2

Distance & Climbing : 130KM / 2700 meters

The first 40km of today’s ride is a gentle descent providing an opportunity to freshen the legs up and take in the views ahead of the first climb of the day, the 25km climb to Passo Forcola di Livigno at 2315 meters and on to the Passo Foscagno at 2291 meters. The day ends with a descent back to Bormio. A challenging day for sure.

Cycle Stelvio during our 7 night Holiday - Day 2 Livigno loop

Day 3

Distance & Climbing : 84KM / 2500 meters

Don’t be deceived by the shorter distance, staying closer to Bormio today we first head to Passo di Gavia from the Bormio side before heading to a truly amazing climb up to the lakes at Cancano on a road whos predominant feature is hairpins and lots of them (image below). You’ll loop back around to Bormio and if you have the legs for it there’s always the climb to Bormio 2000 at the end of the day.

The lake at Cancano

Day 4

Recovery Day

Today is all about recovery which can either be taken as total rest and an opportunity to explore Bormio or you can head out for a short ride (Bormio 2000 is normally a good choice) or one of several walks. Bormio has two excellent spas one of which dates back to 1AD and this can make and excellent start to recovery day. Massages can also be arranged at the hotel and there are some great cafes and spots for lunch in the old town and we’ll recommend some favourites the evening before to help plan the day. If there’s anything you’d like to chat about re your cycling today’s also the day to put our coaching and bike fit skills to work.

A perfect place for recovery in Bormio

Day 5

Distance & Climbing : 115KM / 3200 meters

The main challenges of the day are the Mortirolo and Passo di Gavia both of which provide a very different challenge. Up first is the legendary Mortirolo with its long pitches of 16 to 18% in gradient, just when you think it’s going to give you a break it kicks up again and again past the Pantani memorial at bend 11 of 39 and on to the lung busting summit at 1851 meters. After lunch the Passo di Gavia awaits, a truly epic road with stunning glacial and lake views never to be forgotten. We believe this is one of our most spectacular and challenging rides anywhere.

No Stelvio today but Gavia and Mortirolo feature

Day 6

Distance & Climbing : Max 128KM / 4700 meters

Today is a day with various options on the Stelvio climb. You can climb Stelvio once, twice or from all 3 directions if you’d like a very special challenge. The choice is yours.

Cycle Stelvio from all 3 sides today

Departure Day

Return transfer to Milan Malpensa for flights after 2PM – Please check with us for flight and transfer information before booking.

Attention to detail. That, in three words, summarises my first experience with Col Conquerors. Routes, accommodation, backup – Rob and Karen put a great deal of effort into putting their trips together, leaving us riders nothing to do but ride and enjoy. Honestly, nothing is too much trouble for them. Graeme S

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As usual you and Karen had the logistics organised perfectly. When you say that we ride and you do the rest it really is true! The hotel was great – stunning bike facilities (wish I had all that kit at home), friendly staff, comfy rooms and great food. The group were really fun and the range of fitness was easily accommodated. The rides were tough, as you’d expect in the mountains, but the toughest day (Mortirolo & Gavia) was also the most enjoyable. This was my third trip with ColConquerors and I hope to be back for a fourth next year! Thank you both for a great week! Dominic C

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Just returned from my first ever organised cycling trip, wish I had done something like this years ago.
Having the opportunity to climb the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Gavia Pass, I couldn’t have done this without the support.
Everything about this trip was so well organised. Can’t thank the Colconquerors team enough for a truly amazing week. Nick S

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We’ve just returned home from a really great week in the Italian Alps on the Ultimate Italy trip. As ever, Rob, Karen and Simon went out of their way to make the holiday really special with superb levels of support, fantastic organisation, great routes and a mountain of knowledge. The climbs are fairly long and at times pretty steep, so there’s a good amount of challenging riding – but the support van is there if you need it at any point. The amazing scenery can’t fail but bring a smile to your face whatever the gradient. We stayed in a great hotel with excellent healthy food in generous quantities, an amazing bike room and cheap washing facilities for all of your kit. All in all, we’d highly recommend the trip and would like to go back – and we’ll definitely be booking another Col Conquerors trip – Kate McPherson

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Competent, personal and expert.

Competent – both my wife and I value well organised tour guides, with very clear, accurate and unambiguous communication, whilst being flexible to the group needs.

Karen and Rob do this brilliantly, from the detailed gpx and visual route information, to the excellent choice of hotels.

Personal

Rob and Karen keep the groups small and quickly understand what you are looking for in a cycling holiday and trying to achieve. They discuss things in a way that is best for you individually.

As usual the group we were on climbed at very different speeds, which can cause logistical problems to provide good service to all cyclists. With 2 expert cycling guides and a van, from the evening meal conversation it was clear all members of our group felt extremely well looked after.

Expert

Rob provided me and Kate with excellent advice on nutrition, bike set up, riding styles and training. As a couple who are very keen cyclists and have been on training camps before as well as reading the latest research, Rob’s expertise was fully up to date, and we learnt many new thing every day, that we will keep with us.

We will be booking with them again next year – James M

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Where to begin ??

Firstly, enormous thanks to Rob, Karen and Mike – a brilliant and passionate team. Your relaxed but professional approach to cycle touring provides the perfect blend regardless of ability.

The choice of a lovely family-run hotel in Bormio and the planning that had gone into the week was evident throughout. The insight, encouragement and support added to the enjoyment and without question got the best out of my performance on the road.

Having watched the Giro for many years and read about Italy’s most notorious climbs which are steeped in history and part of cycling folklore, nothing quite prepares you for the real thing.

Punishing, brutal, unrelenting but spectacularly beautiful. Hugely challenging to ride but ultimately thrilling and satisfying in ways that are difficult to describe – quite simply it is an absolute must for any cycling enthusiast to visit the Stelvio region, and Col Conquerers are without question the only choice of company to travel with.

More than 400km and over 30,000ft of climbing over five days riding, which included the Mortirolo, Gavia, Umbrail, Stelvio, Livingo, Lago Di Cancano and miles of achingly beautiful scenery – cycling heaven!

I cannot wait to return with my bike to the Alps and won’t hesitate to contact Col Conquerers as soon as I have earned some more brownie points from my wife !!!

Thank you for an amazing week – James Murray

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Thank you to Colconquerors for an amazing week in Italy. A very well organised week from the excellent hotel, transfers to and from the airport, all the advice (technique, nutrition and pacing), fixing mechanicals (and the odd physical), support vehicle turning up exactly when I needed it and the relaxed atmosphere created throughout the entire week. Thanks also for creating a thoroughly challenging week from Mortirolo, Gavia, Umbrail, Cancano, Bormio 2000, Livigno, Passo Foscagno and the truly amazing Stelvio… I know there will be another event for me with Colconquerors, so until then, THANK YOUVinod Patel

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The three magical climbs of the Passo Stelvio, The Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia were ridden over a week of truly magnificent cycling, supported by Colconquers wonderful staff. This was a true life experience. Based in Bormio, in an excellent family hotel, the support and guidance from Rob (a level three Cycling Coach), Karen (Rob’s wife and life coach) and Mike (assistant to Rob and wonderful cyclist) made the very special week. It is a absolute must for any passionate cyclist whom wants to re-live the excitement and glamour of the Giro d’Italia. For many years I had been an avid fan of the Tour de France, however having spent time in Italy with Colconquers I will follow the Giro d’Italia with true passion. A bucket list experience! Thank you once again to Colconquers. Hope to see you all again soon. – Adrian Lott

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Thanks to yourself, Karen and Mike for a brilliantly organised trip – descending off the Stelvio down to Bormio cannot be beaten! – Ross McArthur

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Thanks Rob, Karen and Mike for an amazing Italian week in Bormio. Whilst the weather was colder and snowier than the norm for this time of year, Rob’s meticulous preparation and local knowledge kept us riding safely and enabled us to completed almost all the rides we had wanted to do. He is also an absolute font of knowledge and really happy to offer help and advice on all sorts of things, such as training, nutrition, bike fitting, and descending skills. The hotel was superb – excellent food, bike storage (with more tools than I knew what to do with!) and friendly staff. – Chris Godfree

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The Ultimate Italy trip was a fantastic week. Cycling up the Gavia and Stelvio from Bormio gave everyone two great days on the bike. The hotel was perfectly set up for cycling and the hotel staff were outstanding. The support from Rob and his team on the road and in preparing for each ride was excellent. – Andrew C

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A fantastic week in Bormio in the Italian alps. Tough climbs excellent organisation & great Hotel & food. Rob & Karen did an amazing job as usual, ably assisted by Simon. Great riding, great food & good laughs! Thank you all very much & will see you again soon. – Jim W

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio & Cancano Lakes

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio & Umbrail pass with Colconquerors

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio three times

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio & the Umbrail pass awaits first

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio - Colconquerors Coach

Ultimate Italy Holiday Cycle Stelvio and there's always well earned food at the top of Stelvio

Ultimate Italy Holiday - Cancano lakes await

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - Mortirolo is over!

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday- Team lunch

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - Relaxation in Bormio at the hotel

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - Well earned beer

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - The weather is kind

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - Great hairpins

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday - Success on the Mortirolo

Always time for some pizza on the Stelvio Pass

Ultimate Italian Alps Holiday

Never a bad day on the Stelvio Pass

The first attempt of Stelvio on Day 1

The holiday includes

  • 7 Nights Half Board accommodation on a twin share basis in our carefully selected Bormio based hotel
  • A superb 5 course evening meal each evening & high quality breakfast
  • 5 days guided and vehicle supported cycling with an experienced team
  • Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
  • 1 recovery day with advice on recovery plus GPX file for a recovery ride
  • GPX files for each ride & high quality printed/PDF docs
  • Private airport transfers to and from Milan airports
  • Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout to help improve any aspect of your cycling
  • Cycling kit washing facilities

Not included

  • Your Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or any tips
  • Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel
  • Massage / Spa
  • Bike hire (available on request)
  • Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability)

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Contact Dates

16th June > 23 June

14th Sep > 21 Sep

Duration

7 Nights

Difficulty

4 / 5

Distance

600km

Climbing

13,000m > 17,000m

Max. Group Size

12

Price

1725.00€