In the past few years, the Giro d’Italia has discovered a true gem for cyclists right in the middle of the Alps. Since the 1990s, when the Giro passed here for the first time, the Mortirolo Pass has shown its various aspects and slopes. This pass can be reached from 4 or 5 roads. Marco Pantani’s historical climb from Mazzo in Valtellina features slopes with a 20% gradient and leg-killing hairpin turns. The slope that goes up from the Brescia province is less demanding. The height difference is lower, even if it’s still hard to climb, with the final ramps that put even the fittest cyclist to the test.
These are the classic routes. However, Mortirolo has another two roads that climb from the Valtellina side. The one from Grosio is slightly longer but easier to ride compared to the Mazzo climb. The other option starts from Tovo and is a hidden secondary road that alternates concrete stretches with more impervious ones. Both these routes join the classic one at the end of the climb. If you choose to reach Montirolo from Aprica, climb up to Pian di Gembro to reach the Trivigno upland. From here, take the panoramic route that leads to the Pass. This option is for everyone.