You know about the 21 famous hairpins on Alpe d’Huez, right? Well, the Gran Fondo Stelvio has 48. You know all about the monstrous Tourmalet at 2,115 metres, yes? The Stelvio tops out at 2,757 metres. There’s just nowhere else like it.
When the inventive originators of the Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini first ran their event just a few years ago, this apparently wasn't enough for them. They decided that you, the intrepid cyclist, would also like to ride over the infamous Passo di Mortirolo on your way to glory on Italy’s highest pass. The Mortirolo may be Stelvio’s smaller brother, but its tortuous 18% stretches led no lesser rider than one Lance Armstrong to declare it the hardest climb he’d ever ridden.
The Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to pit yourself against these legendary climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons of cycling.
Riding this epic event brings its own logistical difficulties. Finishing on top of such a high mountain and the possibilities of inclement weather at that altitude mean that La Fuga’s famed event support will be an essential companion to your day. The roots of our organisation lie firmly in the Dolomites – we were formed with the specific intention of guiding people through the hallowed Gran Fondos.
Our knowledge of the area, the conditions and the management of the Stelvio sportive will ensure that you are in the safest of hands. We will ride with you before the event to condition and coach you, and have full race support waiting for you at the lofty summit. Come and find out for yourself.The climbs:
- Bormio (1225m)
- Teglio (846m)
- Passo Mortirolo (1727m)
- Passo Stelvio (2758m)
- Three nights accommodation
- Granfondo Stelvio Santini race entry
- Full transfers and mechanical assistance before both sportive races
- Warmup rides and pre race support
- All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel and local restaurants
- Experienced and knowledgeable staff
- Mechanic on hand
- Complimentary energy drinks and bars
- Exclusive La Fuga finish tent
- La Fuga welcome pack
What's Not Included?
- Lunchtime meals
- Travel insurance
- All alcoholic/soft drinks
- Incidental expenses
- Bike hire option available at additional cost
Friday 31 May – ARRIVAL DAY
We will transfer by minibus to our base in Bormio. Your bike will be unpacked and built ready to go for the weekend riding.
Saturday 1 June – Day 1
We will enjoy a gentle spin along the valleys around Bormio with maybe a gentle climb thrown in. The aim is to spin the legs and loosen things up for the challenge tomorrow. There will be time after the ride to visit the town and look around the race village (although your numbers will be collected for you). The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax, make use of the hotels spa and make final preparations for tomorrow. Your bike will receive a final check over and your race number fitted. A briefing about the course and specific details of the event will be given just before tucking into a dinner to fuel you up for the big challenge.
Sunday 2 June – Day 2 – RACE DAY
The hotel will serve a large breakfast to fuel you for the day’s challenge. We will then ride to the race start and arrive with enough time to grab a pre-race espresso or two. Your guide will be on hand to pass on some last minute words of wisdom and escort you to the starting pen. After a tough (and hopefully enjoyable) race, we’ll be waiting for you in the post-race gazebo with some cold drinks and snacks. It will provide the perfect chance to recover and re-live the experiences with your fellow group riders before hitting the pasta party for some serious refuelling and chance to check the results board. A refreshing shower and perhaps a power nap await you back at the hotel. Our celebratory meal will again be in the hotel before heading out into town for some post event celebrations.
Monday 3 June – DEPARTURE DAY
Your bike will be packed up ready for your flight home before we make the transfer back to the airport, with a very good weekend of riding in the legs.