Cima coppi – 2760 meters!


I made it!

Today I reached the Passo dello Stelvio starting from the Prad side of the climb. All the 48 “tornantes” and apprx. 1900 meters of climbing. No wonder this is one epic climb amongst the cyclists.

Today the weather was on my side. It didn’t rain and temperature was not too high or low. Just perfect.

Instead of the basic statistics of this climb (information can be found easily from the internet) I’ll write about my clothing and accessories I had on me.

First of all the bike:

I had my own bike that is in original setup. Rose Xeon RS, Di2 with compact drive.


Protective glasses
Bib shorts
Sweat shirt
Jersey (short sleaves)
Shoes and socks
Arm and leg warmers


Small pump
Spare tire
CO2 valve and a cartridge
Pocket tool
Two botles

I was lucky enought not needing anything else from my accessories than the iPhone. I stopped couple of times to take pictures.

When climbing I had all the extra clothing in my jersey pockets. On the top I put my jacket on and before descent I also added arm and leg warmers. The gillet was only piece of clothing I didn’t need.

What next? That is a good question.

If I had more time on this trip I would take a bus on the top and then descent to Bormio and climb that side as well. But unfortunatelly this doesn’t seen to be possible this time.

I’m sure that I will be back in Tyrol in the future. This place has so many possibilities for a sports holiday!


I have a time frame

image: Ilkka Järvimäki

image: Ilkka Järvimäki

My project is now a bit closer to really take place this summer. I’ve booked flights to and from Munich in July.

The plan is to rent a car from Munich and first drive to Lake Garda for five days. Then drive north to Bolzano, then Merano and Prato allo Stelvio. I haven’t booked any accomodation yet, but I think Trafoi is a good place to lodge?

The exact dates I am in Stilfser Joch are 8.-12.7.2013. Possible climbing days are 9th, 10th and 11th of July. I hope that’s long enough time window in case of bad weather.

Rides and climbs in the Canaries


Image: Ilkka Järvimäki

I got the altitude data of my rides in the Canaries last November. I decided to blog about the rides and add links to my training data at There you can find also my routes on a map.

Total leght of my rides was about 450 kilometers and total climb was 8 515 meters.

Here are the rides with a short summary:

First day – Lookout point

This was a test ride to make sure everything was alright with my bike. This lookout point is just outside of Playa de las Ingles and it´s a nice ride to start with.

Second day – The Dam ride and coffee at Soria

Three of us took a morning ride to near by dam. After that we all rode together to the mountain village of Soria.

San Bartholome – st. Lucia

This is a roller coaster ride. Two climbs and from st. Lucia there is a nice long moderata descent back to the coast. This is also the ride I had my first crash with a road bike.

Flat terrain ride

On this day we trained riding in a group and rolling turns and individual interwall training with high and low cadence.

The Summit tour – Pico de las Nieves

You really have to take warm clothes with you to the top. The weather changes rapidly and it can be chilly up there. So take your gilet, raincoat, arm and leg/knee warmers.

Mogan – Tauro Pass

This is the most beutiful climb I have rode in the Canaries. It´s a bit dull ride to Mogan but after that the beutiful climb begins.

Stavrota mountain, Lefkas

My first real climb was in Lefkas, Greece. This was in June 2011. I was having a one week holiday there and I had my mountain bike with me. All together I made four longer rides and they all included some climbs. But one ride was to the top of mountain Stavrota. The peak is at 1158 metres above sea level.

I started my climb from the village of Nikiana, which is on the Eastern bank of the Lefkas Island. My first goal was a small mountain village Alexandros, approx. at the height of 410 metres. The road from Nikiana was hard to find, because there was signs only on the other side of the road and they were covered with vegetation.

My mountain bike Rose Count Solo 4, year model 2011. It has Sram X9 groupset and Easton wheelset.

One of the first bends. Many to come…

First leg was the hardest part of the climb. The road was very steep, weather was hot and there wasn´t any breeze. I was sweating a lot and I had to stop regularly to catch my breath. My heart rate was over 170 bmp. Stopping wasn´t a relief either. There was a lot of wasp´s and other insects flying around me, and I didn´t want to get beaten by one.

When I reached the Village of Alexandros the weather cooled down significantly and riding the bike was easier. Actually I was a little cold at first, because my jersey was all wet.

My second goal was Karia, approx. at the height of 510 metres. Karia is a nice little village, with some restaurants and shops. I stopped there to for some snack and refilled my Camelbak.

From Karia I still had about 600 metres to the top of mountain Stavrota. After Karia the climb was easier. Not that steep, and weather was cooler. Unfortunately I have no pictures from the top, because of restrictions on photography. There was some radar installations and two military barracs (one abandoned). After Karia I saw only one human on my way to the top. A lot of goats and many snakes.

My whole trip was 74 kilometres, of which half was climbing. Top speed was little less than 60 km/h and calory consuption was 3 260. I drank about 4 litres of water during 5 hours of riding.