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The 2018 Granfondo Stelvio Santini takes place on the first Sunday of June. For this seventh encounter with one of the most popular amateur cycling races on the calendar, the organisers have once again capped participant numbers at 3,500. Also as in 2017, riders will have a choice of three different routes with finishes at the top of the Stelvio Pass with the same classifications. Wearing of the official race jersey is compulsory once again too.

One of the most eagerly-awaited events on the amateur cycling calendar, the Granfondo Stelvio Santini, will be returning for a welcome seventh time on Sunday, June 3 2018.

An “event” rather than a mere race, the long-distance road race always attracts a huge rider turnout and delivers aplenty for spectators with a now-signature spectacular start from Bormio and, of course, a magnificent finish at the top of the Stelvio Pass at 2,758 metres above sea level.

There is no point in messing with success so, once again in 2018, participants will have a choice of three different race routes: a short 60-kilometre, a medium 138-kilometre and, for fittest and toughest, a long 151-kilometre course that includes a climb to the top of one of Europe’s most gruelling passes, the Mortirolo. A total of 3,500 bibs will be made available by the organising committee. Not forgetting that on June 11 last, more than 1,200 foreign riders from 45 different nations lined out, confirming the Granfondo Stelvio Santini’s status as a fantastically successful international showcase for the Alta Valtellina area.

In the build-up to the official entry opening date on Monday, October 23 and the subsequent huge onslaught of requests, the county of Bormio is organising a special party to celebrate the success of the seventh edition of the Granfondo Stelvio Santini and thank the many volunteers, partners and local bodies and organisations that work so hard to organise the event. Open to all, the party takes place on Saturday, October 21, just before entries open for the 2018 event. In fact, competitors can secure their bibs from the event website from Monday, October 23. Just go to: www.granfondostelviosantini.com.

Also taking place on Saturday, October 21, is Passi Puliti, a voluntary clean-up of the Stelvio and Gavia Passes organised by the Unione Sportiva Bormiese. The aim of the event is to remind of these roads to keep the surrounding nature as pristine as possible. The US Bormiese volunteers – and anyone else that wishes to join them – will be meeting at 14.00 in the Pentagono di Bormio area. They will then be minibussed to the passes where they will commence their clean-up of roadside litter.

The Grandfondo Stelvio Santini is all about continuity. Aside from retaining its three routes and maximum participant numbers, the 2018 Granfondo Stelvio Santini will also be returning to other features of last year’s event.

First and foremost is the classifications. The 2017 event introduced new combined standings based on rider times for the three Teglio, Mortirolo and Stelvio climbs. Also new last year was a special King and Queen of the Mountains classification for the athletes that clocked the fastest times in the separate climbs. Naturally enough, the alphabetical finisher list will also be available in 2018 complete with overall times between Bormio and the Stelvio.

Another nod to continuity will be the official race jersey. Each entrant receives the Santini Cycling Wear jersey in his or her race pack and must wear it throughout the event to facilitate checks and controls and, of course, to make the sight of the huge group of cyclists even more spectacular both at the start and also along the entire route.

Event details

Name: Granfondo Stelvio Santini
Place: Alta Valtellina – from Bormio to the Stelvio Pass (Province of Sondrio)
Edition: Seventh
Date: 3 June 2018
Long route: Bormio – Teglio – Mortirolo – Bormio – Stelvio > 151.3 km (4,178 m elevation change)
Medium: Bormio – Teglio – Bormio – Stelvio > 137.9 km (3,158 m elevation change)
Short: Bormio – Sondalo – Bormio – Stelvio > 60 km (1,950 m elevation change)
Entries open: Monday, October 23
Organiser: US Bormiese
Website: www.granfondostelviosantini.com