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.
Jersey (short sleaves)
Shoes and socks
Arm and leg warmers
CO2 valve and a cartridge
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!
My pre-Stelvio training camp in Garda is almost over. My goal was to get used to long steep climbs before my main challenge at Stelvio but not to wear my legs too much.
First of all I have to say that Riva del Garda is a heaven on earth for mountainbikers. Road cycling is ok as well but You can find better destinations somewhere else in Italy. There are many rental shops for both mountain and road cyclists and organized tours are easy to find. There are also shutle-bus service to mountains… (for those who don’t have the power to climb)
My first ride was a short climb to a near by Lago di Tenno. Nice easy climb, but a lot of sweating because of the heat.
Second ride was organized by a local rental shop. It was mainly flat terrain with couple of short but steep (maximum of 13%) climbs.
At the rental shop I met a Finnish cyclist from Team Donna Agile, a women’s cycling club based in Oulu. With a Donna named Anna we desided to climb to Monte Baldo the next day.
We headed off in the morning first to Nago then Mori and started to climb from Avio. There is a paved bicycle path all the way so You don’t have to ride on a road. This is a very good and wise option, since the road from Riva to Mori is narrow and busy.
I will link my route later.
It was a nice ride with total climbing of approx. 1500 meters. Descents were very fast. My maximum speed was 76 km/h.
Now last night in Riva and tomorrow to Stelvio!
My bag is packed and the Rose is in my travel bag. Early tomorrow morning I’m going to start my journey that will hopefully lead to the top of the Passo Dello Stelvio.
First stop is München where I pick up a rental car. After that I’ll drive to Lake Garda where I’m going to do some cycling as well. I think Monte Baldo is going to be the highest climb there.
I’m driving to Stelvio in 8th of July. I have three whole days there to reach my goal. Hopefully the weather is going to be in my favor.
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