Entries are now open for La Stelvio Santini, the new name for Granfondo Stelvio Santini.
The 12th edition will take place on 2 June 2024, and it's not just the branding that's been refreshed: one of Italy's biggest granfondos will see riders take on revised routes, with the ascent of the Teglio replaced by new climbs.
While the long and medium routes are shorter than in previous editions, entrants can rest easy: the event's signature climbs of the Mortirolo and the Stelvio Pass remain unchanged.
The route changes are forced by major roadworks around Tirano as the region prepares to host the Winter Olympics in 2026.
"As is well known, the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics will involve Bormio, hosting the men's alpine skiing and ski mountaineering events," explains Mario Zagrando, President of event organisers US Bormiese Cycling.
"To accommodate such an event, significant roadworks have already been initiated to improve high Valtellina's viability and better welcome guests and athletes from around the world - and the side effects of these construction sites also affect our event, forcing us to modify our routes.
"So no Teglio, but everyone will climb to the village of Sondalo (2 easy kilometers), while those who have chosen Medium and Long will face the unprecedented ascent of Vervio-Rogorbello (3.2 very challenging kilometers). For all routes, to reach Bormio, the climb of San Bartolomeo (3.5 kilometers... a surprise!) awaits."
The three course options for 2024 are:
- Long: 130km, 4270m elevation
- Medium: 108km, 3050m elevation
- Short: 64km, 2280m elevation
All three routes will start from Bormio as usual. Entry for 2024 is priced €100 until 29 February when rates will increase.
For more details and to enter, visit www.lastelviosantini.com.