Another great tour, often ridden by professionals training in Livigno, which covers much of the Alta Valtellina as well as the Val Poschiavo in Switzerland.
Starting from Livigno, an initial 6 km climb to the Eira Pass (2208 m) will serve as a warm-up for the second 4 km ascent to the Foscagno Pass (2291 m).
A long descent will take us into the village of Valdidentro, followed by a plateau to reach Bormio. Here we continue to descend the old State Road SS38 (with several flat sections) for almost 40 km, until we reach Tirano (427 m), the lowest point of our tour.
A short stop for a coffee and then it's off again towards the Forcola Pass. We have 35 km of climbing to cover with almost 2000 m of height gain, so we must be careful to conserve our energy for the last (and longest) climb of the day.
We immediately enter Switzerland, with the most challenging part of the climb right at the beginning, leading to Lake Poschiavo. Here an 8km stretch will allow us to catch our breath for a while, before continuing on a steady climb for another 22km to the Swiss customs at "La Motta", where we leave the main road to the Bernina Pass to take the route for the Forcola Pass.
A virtually flat section of one and a half kilometres will precede the last and hardest part of the climb, with gradients of up to 13%, but we will be rewarded by the beautiful scenery of "I Gessi", which accompanies us to the Forcola Pass (2315 m).
A descent of 7 km with only slight bends will take us to the entrance of Livigno.