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Passo dello Stelvio-west

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Region: Italian Alps
Climbing effort: 1240 cep
Elevation meters: 1558
Steepest kilometer: 10.8%

Steepest 250 m: 16%
Foot: 1199 m    Top: 2757 m
Mean slope: 7.4%
Length: 21.0 km

From: Bormio
Road conditions (2015): average
Other race bikers: >25 per hour
Motor vehicles: >180 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Passo dello Stelvio-west

Profile Passo dello Stelvio-west

The ascent from the west to the Passo dello Stelvio (in German Stilfserjoch) is very popular among race cyclists. The cause can probably partly be found in the fascinating climb to the Stelvio from the east. Moreover, the Stelvio is, after the Col de l'Iseran in France, the highest pass in the Alps. The west side is not that beautiful. The landscape of the second half of the climb is barren and large parts of the ascent are disfigured by power lines and pylons. Buildings at the pass and the junction to the Umbrailpass are downright ugly. All in all, this is a hard climb due to the number of elevation meters (1558). However, the road is almost nowhere viciously steep. One of the steepest parts (13% during 250 meters) is located after four kilometers at Bagni di Bormio. Shortly after a series of five tunnels, after ten kilometers ride, the steepest kilometer is encountered (10.7%), which includes an extremely steep 250 meter section (15%). Immediately after that the road winds upwards in 14 closely spaced hairpin turns (7-8%). This is followed by 2.5 km of leisurely riding (4-6%) but like any other pleasure this one is only temporary. The final three kilometers beginning at the turnoff to the Umbrailpass the slope varies only little and is around 9%. The thinning air does not make climbing easy here.

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