The panoramic road leading to the Stelvio/Stilfserjoch Pass in the Ortles mountain group was constructed in 1825 and is still the highest pass road in Italy (2757m), as well as one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It was made accessible for cars in 1900.
This groundbreaking achievement is still celebrated annually with the Stelvio Bicycle Day
, which takes place on the Stelvio Pass. On that day, the road remains closed to traffic with thousands of cyclists starting out at either end: from Lombardy and from South Tyrol, converging at the top of the Pass. The following event will take place on Saturday August 29, 2015.
The road is 49km long and has an incline of between 7 and 15%. On the South Tyrolean side, it counts 48 bends and on the Veltliner side 34. The winding course in front of the breath-taking view of the Stelvio National Park
also attracts many biking enthusiasts and cyclists.
For more information on the Stelvio National Park, see: www.stelviopark.bz.it