TORQ Fuelled Mike Cotty brings us episode 2 of his new series of cycling inspirational and educational videos. This time, The Col Collective, introduces Italy’s highest road pass the Passo dello Stelvio..
Heres what Mike had to say about episode 2. “As 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. After two days in and around the Eastern and Italian Alps, this was the final ascent of the day. We then had a long transfer over to the Dolomites to look forward to, but before doing so there was one last (big) mission to complete.
Although it was warm and bright in the valley when we started, the clouds were thickening up above and the temperature quickly plummeted as the sun dipped its head on the distant horizon. Would we make it to the top before dark, was the question on everyone’s mind? Watch now to find out. Chasing daylight and climbing mountains, this is definitely why we ride!”
Elevation gain: 1,808m
Average gradient: 7.4%