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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 24th, 2007, 9:40 pm Thread Starter
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Now here is an Ironbutt

The Stelvio Pass is one of the highest Alpine Passes of Europe with its 2758 m. There are 48 hairpin turns on the northern side of the pass. The original road was built in 1820-1825 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1871 m. Since then, the route has changed very little. The 60 hairpin bends, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones, are a challenge to motorists.

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post #2 of 6 Old Aug 24th, 2007, 10:41 pm
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Looks lik eit'd be a bugger with snow on it. Bet it gets cold there at night too.

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post #3 of 6 Old Aug 24th, 2007, 11:46 pm
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Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. What amazed me was the number of guys on bicycles going up. Talk about an Iron Butt, my hat is off to them.

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post #4 of 6 Old Aug 25th, 2007, 2:01 am
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I like this pic of it:

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post #5 of 6 Old Aug 25th, 2007, 4:03 am
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Originally Posted by slowflyn
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Tell us more, did you do a report of the ride? got any pictures. I just showed er-in-dorrs the picture, and she said "Oooo, that would be nice on the bike"
So armed with her idea of riding the road, I'm gonna plan a trip for next year. Well it was her idea, i'm just doing as I'm told.

One thing I saw on wiki - Countless cyclists and motorcyclists struggle to get to the highest stretch of road in the Eastern Alps. Don't see a problem myself.


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I've done this one at Lysebotn in Norway, but its only 31 hairpins (the last 3 in a 1km long tunnel at the bottom).

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