Alps and their highest passes - some of them above 2500m - have provided fame or infamy for cyclists over the past hundred years during Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and many other professional races.
Cycling fans use to write the names of their favorite champions on the asphalt of Giro and Tour ascents, right where the champions have written the history of our favorite sport. The names of these Alpine mountain passes might be daunting to some: Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Foscagno, Cancano, Colle delle Finestre, Sestriere in Italy; Galibier, Izoard, Alpe d'Huez, Croix de Fer in France, to name a few.
We want to ride together you where legends like Fausto Coppi, Charly Gaul, Gino Bartali, Louison Bobet, Felice Gimondi, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome wrote unforgettable pages in the history of cycling.These hall-of-fame names explain why Alps are on the bucket list of committed cyclists from around the world.
Because it's not just cycling
Yes, Mortirolo is really unforgettable. Our legs can't actually forget that Hors Catergorie ascent. It's one of the toughest climbs in Europe and one of the most famous. A brutal stretch where cyclists from everywhere catch up with one goal: just getting to top, no matter the climbing time! Come with us to discover why it is great accomplishment!
For sure is one we don't get tired of. 48 unforgettable hairpins and 2750m for a climb that - since decades - challenges either pro or simply committed cyclists from around the world. But if we consider Stelvio a challenge, let's keep in mind that the guy in this photo - Fausto Coppi - and his fellow racers rode up an unpaved Stelvio with 15kg bike and a ridiculous gearing. That's one reason why we call 'legendary' these climbs!
It's usual among those who did the climb up Stelvio to ask other riders which of the two Italian sides (from Bormio, Lombardy) or Prato allo Stelvio (Trentino) is their favorite. We don't tell you what we like best, it would be the beginning of a debate that doesn't take anywhere. And we don't want either mention that we use to climb up there also from the Swiss side: so it'd be a bizarre three-face medal!