Sports tours international takes you to one of the premier Italian Gran Fondo events, the 2018 Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini. The Mortirolo and the Stelvio are two of the most brutal yet beautiful climbs in the world: they echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and many more. The Granfondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to test yourself against these legendarily tough climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons cycling has ever known.
The 2018 Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini takes place on Sunday June 3, 2018 in and around the town of Bormio. The start and registration are in Bormio and the finish is on top of the fearsome Passo Stelvio.
There are three routes on offer – short (60km), medium (137.9 km) and long (151.3 km). Riders will each receive a Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini cycling jersey – made in Italy by Santini Maglificio Sportivo – as part of their race pack. If you conquer the Stelvio and complete the Granfondo, you will also receive an exclusive ‘finishers only’ ImadelT cap!
Please note that to be able to register for the long distance you either need a race licence or you need to provide a medical certificate.
A time efficient 3 night package
Airport transfers from Milan Malpensa available
Guaranteed entry included for the Granfondo Stelvio
Centrally located Bormio hotel with secure bike storage
Guided ride to Livigno on Saturday with our bike guide
Welcome on the top of the Stelvio
Day bag at finish with change of clothes
Transport back to Bormio from the Stelvio after the event
★★★ Hotel Larice Bianco:
More than 1200 square metres of garden surround this Comfortable alpine Hotel.
42 bedrooms, furnished with care in Alpine style, each have all their own balcony where guests can enjoy a splendid view of our mountains.
The on site restaurant is run with particular care offering international and typical Valtellinese dishes.
The hotel is excellently located in the centre of Bormio, close to both race registration and race start and makes a great base for our training sessions in the mountains.
If you are riding the Gran Fondo you will spend 3 nights at the Larice Bianco with breakfast and evening meals included.
If you are also booked onto the training week you will spend 6 nights at thl Larice Bianco with breakfast and evening meals included.
Planned itinerary for the 2018 Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini:
Friday June 1st, 2018 – Arrival day:
Join us directly at our hotel in Bormio or book onto our Milan Malpensa airport transfer. We will be operating one transfer at 15.00 with an expected journey time of 3.30 hours so we will arrive in Bormio early evening in time for an Aperitivo at the hotel before the evening meal.
We will assist you on arrival with unpacking and setting up your bike. There is a bike room available at the hotel.
Welcome to Bormio, medieval thermal city at the foot of the majestic Stelvio Pass. You will stay at Hotel Larice Bianco, a superb bike friendly hotel which offers a spa and free laundry service. Breakfasts and evening meals are included. The hotel is excellently located in the centre of Bormio, close to both race registration and race start.
Saturday June 2nd, 2018 – registration day and guided ride:
Today you will need to visit the race expo, to collect you bib number and race pack. Don’t forget to bring your medical certificate or your race license. Today is free for enjoying the town of Bormio, enjoying the hotel wellness facility and getting ready for tomorrow’s Gran Fondo. We will today also offer a guided ride to the Gavia to discover some of the course.
Livigno – Foscagno Pass (80 km, 1500 m ascent) Gavia Day (80 km, 1930 m ascent).
Today you can choose between two itineraries. If you prefer to follow the group you will pedal to Livigno, where many professional cyclists usually decide to train. Being a tax free town, here you can purchase many bike accessories at a lower price. Otherwise you can take the opportunity to reach on your own the Gavia Pass, where several champions challenged each other during the Giro d’Italia.
Official race briefing: WHEN: SATURDAY 2 June, 17.30pm WHERE: Palazzo del Ghiaccio – Villaggio STELVIO SANTINI, Bormio
INTRODUCTION TO THE RACE AND THE THREE ROUTES PLUS USEFUL INFO AND ADVICE FOR THE PARTICIPANTS, LIVE MUSIC, LOCAL DELICACIES AND WINE
Sunday June 3rd, 2018 - The 2018 Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini:
After an early breakfast we will ride the short distance to the start. In 2017 the race started at 07.30am from the centre of Bormio with the following schedule:
GranFondo Stelvio Santini start: 07.00am
Time limit in Bormio (before the start of the Stelvio climb): 14.15pm
Award Ceremony: 16.00pm
Race day bag service:
The finish of the race is at the top of the Stelvio. It can be very cold at this time of year and even colder on the descent. It is strongly recommended that participants bring a full set of winter cycling clothing – warm jacket, bib-tights, warm gloves and overshoes. You can put these items in your clothing bag, along with any other articles you may need. This bag will be supplied when you register together with a race number sticker that you will have to attach to the bag. The clothing bags will be collected at the start and transported to the finish where they will be safely stored until your arrival. After the ride, there will be the Pasta Party back in Bormio and the prize giving ceremony at 16:00. Evening meal is provided in the hotel tonight.
Monday June 4th, 2018 – departure day:
After breakfast we leave Bormio. If you have booked the airport transfer service, please book flights after 13:30 from Milan Malpensa airport.
Return airport transfers from Milan Malpensa airport for yourself and your bike (Available at £120) – Arrival transfer will be at 1500 so please book flights arriving prior to 1430. Departure transfer, book flights departing after midday.
We offer airport transfer from Milan Malpensa on arrival at 15.00 so please give book your flight to arrive before this time. Please send us us your flight details in advance. On departure we will leave Bormio at 08.00 for flights after 13.30 to allow for the 3.5hr transfer and the check in time.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
To take part in the 2018 Gran Fondo Stelvio you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date. For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling. Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.
PLEASE NOTE, AT REGISTRATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A DOCTOR’S NOTE STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT COMPETE. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL MEAN YOU NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE GF STELVIO.
Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
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For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.