For the sixth year in a row Ward (left) and Oof (right) have exchanged the low and flat Netherlands for much more exciting and challenging cycling in high mountain regions.
One of the long term goals of our cycle tours is to climb all passes which height exceeds 2500 meters. In France there are four 2500+ passes that are suitable for racing bikes: Col de la Bonnette (2803 m), Col de l'Iseran (2770 m), Col Agnel (2744 m) and Col du Galibier (2642 m). We have climbed all four during our 2001-2003 tours.
Another three 2500+ passes can
be found close to each other in the border region of Lombardia
(Italy) and Graubünden (Switzerland). The Passo dello
Stelvio (2758 m), Passo di Gavia (2621 m) and the Pass
Umbrail (2503 m) formed the prime objective for 2004.
The map below shows the location of the passes that we have climbed between July 30 and August 6, 2004. Brief descriptions, height profiles and a few photos of the passes that we have done in six day trips are given on separate pages.
Day 1: Schluderns - Passo
dello Stelvio (uphill) - Pass Umbrail (downhill) - Santa Maria
in Val Müster - Schluderns.