The Col Collective - Passo dello Stelvio - Italian Alps

Today we are taking a look at one of the most famous and daunting climbs in Europe, the Stelvio. 48 turns, brutal gradient and a summit of 2,758m make this a climb not to be messed with. 

Images and video by The Col Collective

We've teamed up with awesome team at 'The Col Collective' to bring you insights into the best riding in the world.

Run by Mike Cotty, The Col Collective are all about providing cyclists with the inspiration, education and support needed to reach the summit of the greatest mountain passes in the world. With amazing video overviews, maps, hints and a Q&A forum, The Col Collective should be your first stop when preparing for your European cycling trip!

s the highest road pass in Italy, standing proud at 2,758 metres, the Passo dello Stelvio needs very little introduction. From Prato its 48 bends carve their way up the mountain in what appears to be an endless road towards heaven, constantly switching back and forth the higher you climb.

Key Statistics

  • Length of climb - 24.3km
  • Start elevation - 950m
  • Summit elevation - 2758m
  • Elevation gain- 1808m
  • Gradient (avg)- 7.4%
  • Gradient (max)- 14% at 8km
  • Gearing Suggestion 34x28 (minimum)

For the full story, detailed maps or to ask a question about this epic climb visit The Col Collective