Is 5,500m too much climbing?
Ok, very subjective question. And depends on a lot of things. But hear me out...
Planning a day of cycling in the alps at the end of August. Staying in switzerland but close enough to the Italian border to potentially take in Stelvio so feels like too good an opportunity to miss. I've planned out a 180km route, which strava says is 5,500m climbing, but just concerned I'm being a bit over ambitious!
I do 100+ milers pretty regularly (about one a month at the moment) anyway so not too concerned about the distance. But I've topped out at about 4000m climbing in one day (The Fred Whitton) and definitely never done anything like Stelvio.
So, based on your experience... how hard is Stelvio, really? How much of a step up is 5,500m in one day vs 4000m? Anyone ridden around here and got any other advice?
Planned route is mapped here if you're interested.
All advice welcome! Thanks everyone.