The Italian Alps Ride 4: The Umbrial-Stelvio Loop, or as they call it here, “Stelvio-Stelvio”, 2 passes with 63 miles and 10,413’ of vertical
The first climb is to the Umbrial Pass, which is basically 90% of Stelvio from the south. That part was 12 miles and 4200 feet. I took it real slow, enjoying the ride, and leaving my legs as fresh as possible for the next big one.
Then, after a peaking the Umbrial summit, we had a very quick downhill, a short journey though Switzerland, all while dropping 5000’ in 20 miles. Then, we then headed up Stelvio’s 49 switchbacks from the north.
That climb is 15.5 miles and has a vertical gain of 6200’, and tops out at 9050’ elevation. A truly fantastic climb. Wonderful. And the downhill drops 4800’ in 13 miles. It was a real screamer on a perfect road. I loved every second.