Tornantissima

Tornantissima

Grosio - Grosio

Both the climb and the descent offer a demanding and technical ride which requires a good physical condition and proper technical skills. It's the descent with the longest elevation loss in Valtellina (1.852 m) and the most riders' sought-after mtb ride. The climb crosses the Mortirolo Pass, the legendary climb of the Giro d'Italia, ridden by a crowd of cyclists every year.

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From Mount Varadega you can enjoy wonderful surroundings and outstanding views, while the trails and mule tracks to Grosio are surrounded by incredible larch woods and breath-taking alpine landscapes. THE CLIMB From Grosio Weigh station parking (by car or by bike) Once crossed the town of Grosio, go on rightward and reach the Mortirolo Pass with an elevation gain of 1.204 m in 16,3 Km. Total average time: 2,303 h. From the Mortirolo Pass From Mortirolo Pass ride at about 30 minutes on asphalt road to Alpe Varadega (sign Step 1 - 1.945 m height). Then you follow a bumpy military road and after some steep sections and some switchbacks you gain an elevation of 2.345 m, where the road gets even bumpier and rocky and bike carrying is possible. Then you finally reach a 2.550 m height, just a little bit below Mount Varadega (presence of fortifications). The hard climb is an appropriate prelude to the difficult descent. THE DESCENT From Mount Varadega to Grosio 10,7 km 1.852 m Follow the first section to the junction at Cross de l'Alp, the trail is rocky and bumpy, with a plenty of switchbacks. Keep following the trail and enter the wood. At this point the track is somehow flowing, but the presence of a lot of hairpins and switchbacks still reminds you why this route is called Tornantissima (literally full of hairpins, ndt.). Once arrived at the baiton (sign - Step 3 1.450 m height) briefly follow a dirt road and soon turn right on a mule track that goes down to Grosio.


Roadbook
  • Start at Fermata1
  • Go northwest on Sentiero n° S452
  • Arrive at Fermata2, on the left
  • Depart Fermata2
  • Go north on Sentiero n° S452
  • Arrive at Fermata3, on the left
  • Depart Fermata3
  • Continue northwest on Sentiero n° S452
  • Bear left on Sentiero n° S450
  • Make sharp right at Sentiero n° S448 to stay on Sentiero n° S450
  • Make sharp left at Sentiero n° S457 / Carrareccia to stay on Sentiero n° S450
  • Make sharp right at Carrareccia to stay on Sentiero n° S450
  • Continue on Mulattiera
  • Arrive at Fermata4, on the right
  • Depart Fermata4
  • Go back southwest on Mulattiera
  • Turn right on Sentiero n° S450
  • Continue at Strada Comunale to stay on Sentiero n° S450
  • Arrive at Fermata5, on the right
  • Depart Fermata5
  • Continue west on Sentiero n° S450
  • Turn right on Sentiero n° S450 and immediately turn left on s.p. per il Passo dello Stelvio - Sentiero n° S450
  • Bear right on s.p. per il Passo dello Stelvio - SP27
  • Bear left on s.p. per il Passo dello Stelvio - Sentiero n° N248
  • Continue on s.p. per il Passo dello Stelvio - Sentiero n° N202
  • Arrive at Fermata6, on the right
  • Depart Fermata6
  • Continue southwest on s.p. per il Passo dello Stelvio - Sentiero n° N202
  • Turn left on Sentiero n° N203 and immediately turn right on Sentiero n° N203
  • Finish at Fermata7, on the right
ELEVATION PROFILE MAP
Ground statistics
Natural : 53%
Asphalt : 12%
Paving : 35%





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