The Stelvio climb is one of the most challenging for any cyclists and the annual Brompton event is fast becoming a favourite on the Brompton event calender. Below we have a video showing the sweat, pain and smiles from the challenge. Ronald Amery from Brompton Italia also shared his thoughts on this years event:
"We did it again: one year after the first edition we wanted to climb her majesty, the Stelvio, with our Bromptons.
We did it for fun, to ride with friends but also to raise funds for Soccorso Clown. So not a race but a challenge to support this non-profit organization from Firenze that gives some moments of joy to children in the hospital with their specifically trained clowns.
If you have no idea what about the famous Stelvio climb, here are some details: first of all know that, you can climb it from Bormio but also from Prato or from the Swiss side. From Bormio (the side we chose) it’s 21.5 km long, starting at 1,250 m above sea level and, after 36 hairpin bends, reaching 2,758 meters at the top (the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps!). The total difference in altitude is 1,550 meters with an average gradient of 7.1% and the maximum is 14%.
The reduced amount of oxygen at this altitude makes it even more difficult and don’t forget that, in average, the temperature lowers 0.65 °C every 100 meter. That’s why you can see snow along the road when you approach the top, even in June. Fortunately we had a clear and sunny day.
Last year we experienced the climb in 6, each with a different bike configuration, specially chosen for each rider. This year we came back even more motivated and raised the number up to 15 Bromptoneers with two ladies amongst us! And, last but not least: four crazy guys carried their Brompton by hand to get even higher…up to the top of the mountain, 3,033 meter above the sea level!
It was a great day, a stunning climb with perfect weather conditions… we will be back next year!"