The eighth Granfondo Stelvio Santini takes place on Sunday, June 2 next. The hugely popular event is expected to attract over 3,000 cyclists from across the globe. Entrant numbers will once again be capped at 3,500 in 2019 edition while the now-traditional three routes to the finish-line at the Stelvio pass, the same classifications and compulsory race jersey all return also. Entries open on October 22nd 2018.

The Granfondo Stelvio Santini returns in 2019 on the first Sunday of June to bring the roads of the Alta Valtellina alive with cyclists from across the world. On June 3 last, in fact, over 3,000 competitors lined out at the start-line, of which 55% came from 45 different nations aside from Italy.
“This is a race with an international appeal. In the last edition, over half the field came from abroad,” commented Paola Santini, Marketing Manager Santini Cycling Wear. “The spectators were all enthusiasts attracted not just by the legendary Stelvio and Mortirolo climbs but also the chance to spend a few days immersed in the spectacular Alta Valtellina countryside.”
Entries for the 2019 Granfondo Stelvio Santini open on October 22 2018 and until March 31 2019, there will be a early bird fee of just 60 euro. A total of 3,500 bibs will be made available by the organising committee, the Unione Sportiva Bormiese, to guarantee the usual great quality service and experience to all the competitors.
So secure your bib, just click on the website link: www.granfondostelviosantini.com.

Don’t mess with success
The same three race routes also return this year: the 60-kilometre Short Route, the 138-kilometre Medium Route and, for the fittest riders, the 151-kilometre Long Route that includes a climb to one of Europe’s most gruelling passes, the Mortirolo.
Two other familiar elements are also being carried over from the 2018 are the final classifications. The first classification will be divided according to the three different routes and calculated on the individual riders’ total time trial times. The top-ranked cyclists in each category will be presented with a Granfondo Stelvio Santini King Of The Mountain (men) or a Granfondo Stelvio Santini Queen Of The Mountain (women) jersey. The second classification will be calculated the basis of the elapsed time between start and finish lines with all finishers listed in alphabetical order.
We are continuing with the classifications calculated using the sum of the climb times because we feel this cuts the risk of downhill accidents to a minimum,” concluded Monica Santini, CEO of the family firm.

The exclusive ‘Finisher’ cap
Three King of the Mountain and three Queen of the Mountain prizes will be awarded to the men and women who clock the fastest overall time on the individual climbs. There will also be prizes for the three teams with the largest number of entrants and the team with the largest number of finishers.
Also making a welcome return once again is the official Santini jersey which competitors must wear during the race to make it easier to spot and track the official entrants. Designed and manufactured by Santini Cycling Wear, the jersey will be delivered to the participants in their race packs. It is a coveted piece of kit because on regular cycles, it will attest to the fact that the wearer has competed in one of the most atmospheric and important races on the international amateur calendar. All riders that cross the Stelvio finish-line wearing the official jersey will also receive with the exclusive ‘Finisher’ cap on the spot.

Keeping our Passi Puliti
To mark the official opening of entries, Bormio is organising a party celebrating both the eighth edition of the Granfondo Stelvio Santini and the many volunteers, partners and local bodies that work so hard together to organise the event and ensure its success.
Last but not least, Passi Puliti (Clean Passes), also organised by the Unione Sportiva Bormiese, is also back once again this year to ensure that the Stelvio and Gavia Passes are kept as pristine as ever. “This event aims to raise awareness in the people using our roads about keeping nature in the areas pristine,” underscores Cristian Pozzi of US Bormiese. The intiative takes place on Saturday, October 20 2018 and will see a group of US Bormiese volunteers and anyone else that wants to join in, cleaning up the roadsides.