We are introducing the Cinghiale Mini — a new series of tours that will offer small doses of Cinghiale fun in the more famous mountain regions of Italy. Over the last several years, as the Dolomites and Alps have become much more crowded, we’ve been searching for different ways to experience Northern Italy while still sneaking in some of the iconic climbs. The idea is to provide guests with a chance to ride alongside Andy before Cinghiale Tours winds down over the next 5 years (2027, we are looking at you!).
Our first Cinghiale Mini will showcase the Italian Alps; Passo Gavia and Passo Stelvio with it’s many sides.Book this tour
We will pass our four night, three day tour in the picturesque village of Bormio at Hotel Baita dei Pini. We’ll ride big each day and celebrate each evening waxing poetic about cycling’s glory days with beverages.
We don’t sugarcoat the fact that this is some stiff riding—experienced riders only, please. Our routes will tackle some of the longest and toughest climbs in the world with very technical descents. That means fun for those experienced enough for the challenge—come fit and prepared and you’ll do just fine in good company. Expect 3,000 meters of climbing on two of our days.
The Passo Gavia and Stelvio are two of Italy’s most iconic cycling climbs. Andy will recount his day on the Gavia when he raced it in the late 80s, and other stories of the Stelvio and days racing the Giro d’Italia.
We’ll become intimate with the three sides of the Stelvio. Our morning coffees will help us up the Bormio side nearly to the summit, before we descend into Switzerland and loop around to tackle the 48 switchbacks on the eastern approach. It will be a big day.
The Gavia will start from Bormio, dip down to Ponte di Legno, and return up and over to Bormio. A visit to the very hospitable Refugio at the summit is a must for the hot drinks and museum of all things Gavia.
We’ll warm up with the out-and-back climb to Lago Cancano and to Bormio 2000.
As this is an abbreviated tour you will be responsible for your own transportation. The tour will start Sunday evening at 5:00p.m. at our hotel in Bormio, we will ride the following three days, check-out is Thursday, July 13th.
We will suggest bus and train options, or, schedule a private shuttle through the hotel directly.