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 and many other professional races.
Cycling fans use to write the names of their favorite champions on the asphalt of Giro 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 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. It's one of the toughest climbs in Europe and one of the most famous. A stretch where cyclists from everywhere catch up with one goal: getting to top! Come with us to discover why it is great accomplishment!
48 unforgettable hairpins and 2750m for a climb that - since decades -challenges either pro or simply committed cyclists from around the world. But let's keep in mind that the guy in this photo - Fausto Coppi - and his fellow racers rode up an unpaved Stelvio with 15kg bikes and a ridiculous gearing. That's one reason why we call 'legendary' these climbs!
It's very common 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 the favorite. We don't tell you what we like best, it would the start of the usual debate. And we don't want either mention that we use to climb also from the Swiss side!