Passo di Mortirolo

Mortirolo Pass is a 5 stars road in the Italian Alps

Passo di Mortirolo is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.878m (6,161ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Brescia and Sondrio provinces, in the Italian region Lombardy. This legendary climb is one of the most demanding stretches of road in professional world of cycling having been used in the Tour of Italy stage race many times.

Can you drive through Mortirolo Pass?

Set high in the Alps, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Strada del Mortirolo and Strada Provinciale 81 (SP81). On older maps the pass is known as Passo di Foppa.

How long is Mortirolo Pass?

Tucked away on the northern part of the country, the pass is 23.7 km (14.72 miles) long running from Mazzo di Valtellina (Province of Sondrio) to Monno (Province of Brescia).

Is Mortirolo Pass difficult?

The road is brutally steep, hitting a 26% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. It is very narrow, without turnarounds and no 3-axle vehicles are permitted. It is said to be one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing. Mortirolo is known as the hardest climb in Italy with average percentages over the 10%. There is little use in being subtle about such a tough climb. The Mortirolo is considered to be the toughest mountain one can climb in Italy and many professional cyclers consider it as the most difficult mountain to be climbed in any of the three major tours. Lucho Herrera (1991) referred to Mortirolo as being the "Queen climb of Europe" and Lance Armstrong referred to it as the hardest climb he'd ever ridden. The Mortirolo has featured in the Giro d’Italia several times, including in 1994, when the first rider over the summit was a 24-year-old Marco Pantani and that day is marked with a memorial of il Pirata on the climb. The Passo di Mortirolo is one of the most brutal climbs. The most famous climbing in the world of cycling, the most loved, the most desired, the most feared.

How long does it take to drive Mortirolo Pass?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 50 and 65 minutes. The drive offers sweeping views. A monument to Marco Pantani was erected in 2006 in Piaz de l’Acqua, 8km from the summit.
At the summit there's a very narrow road to Aprica. It's 28,5km long climbing up to Passo di Guspessa, Passo di Picco and Monte Padrio, also called Valico di Trivigno. It's extremely dangerous. It’s very irregular, paved and very steep with some stretches around 20%. Speed limit to 20 km/h. Trucks and semi trucks are forbidden. It’s closed in winters and was an old military track. It has very nice views.

 

 

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