Participants from all over the world.
The good thing: there are so many riders, one can never be the last...
We found best weather conditions (Kaiserwetter!)
Nauders is rather high elevated. A lot of people know the passo Rescia. That's the place.
We traveled by train and bus to Nauders (Austria), which is located right at the border between Austria and Italy.
Iris, age 71
A real warm day - round 35 grad Centergrade. Phuuu...
On the day of the Stelvio ride, my lack of training put me much behind all the others.
We have seen riders from New Zealand, USA, etc.
This is what the say on the original Stelvio webpage:
8.415 cyclists went up to the Stelvio Pass from the South-Tyrolian side of Italy and 2.986 went up from the Lombardia last Saturday the 27th August 2016. ALL IN ALL 11.401 CYCLISTS HAVE REACHED THE STELVIO PASS!
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48 breath-taking bends and 1,869 metres of altitude by bike ...
This all happens on 27. September 2016, when the legendary mountain pass road to the Stilfser Joch is blocked for normal traffic.
Lowest point (START): Prad am Stilfserjoch (910 metres)
Highest point (FINISH): Stilfser Joch Pass (2,758 metres)
Distance Prad – Stilfser Joch: 24.96 km
Difference in altitude Prad – Stilfser Joch: 1,848 metres
Maximum ascent: 15%
Average ascent: 9–11%
On that day, the road belongs only to cyclists! It’s not a race, but
being there is everything! The final destination of this cycle tour is
the Stilfser Joch at an altitude of 2,760 metres above sea level, one of
the highest Alpine passes open to traffic. With the descent via the
Umbrail Pass (2,503 metres), also free of traffic, you will come to
Santa Maria in the Munster Valley (Switzerland) and from there to
Glurns. This makes it a truly beautiful circular tour.
Enjoy the report and the pictures!
Good luck to our followers
1. day (September 26, 2016)
traveled by train and bus to Nauders.
leave Nauders, ride down to Martina (Switzerland).
"Norberthoehe" is climb of about 7 1/2 kilometers to an elevation of 1.405 meters.
Good training to get prepared to die on Stelvio :-)
2. day (September 27, 2016)
on the bike path from Nauders to Prad
it looks so easy...: (the sign says: closed for motor vehicles - but...)
and then... up, up, up (go Iris go!)
close to the top:
street paintings are motivating to continue... :-)
clever guys: they left the "2km sign" out - I was waiting badly, but once the "1km sign" appeared, I said, it is done
close to the finish line
3. day (September 28, 2016)leaving Nauders, riding down to Martina (Swiss border) and continue riding the Inn-valley ("Engadin") towards Landeck. The Austrian railroad company, once known as bicyclist friendly didn't provide bike carriage places.
So, we decided to ride further to Innsbruck. We thought, there would be more chances to find a bike carriage place.
Wrong thinking: no chance "there are no places on all trains today", they railroad company lady said...
As it was late, we decided to wrap our stripped of bicycles into rather huge plastic waste bages.
This day, we made good about 110 kilometers.
this are the photos from our ride:
and finally reached the train and packed the bike