The Stelvio Pass is a mythical climb, known to cyclists simply as “The Stelvio.” It begins with a bang and doesn’t ever let up. From Bormio, you’re faced with a 25 km climb off the bat. The switchbacks are insane—hairpin turns that zig-zag back and forth, all the way up the mountainside—and they definitely keep things interesting.
This is a ski pass, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised when we encountered snow. There was about 9” of powder and skiers all around me, and here I was on my bike! I kept on pushing to the top, where a warm polenta soup and cappuccino were a welcome treat. And if the ride was world-class going up, going down was equally glorious. The whole experience is a notch-in-your-belt, must-do accomplishment for die-hard cyclists.