2012-11-01 13:39:42+0000 - Val Müstair, Graubünden - Grigioni - Grischun, Switzerland
  • Distance:
  • 13.3km / 8.3 mi
  • Duration:
  • 23:01

Before you tackle the fabled Stelvio Pass, you'll need to warm up. The Umbrail Pass is a perfect training road and runs from Santa Maria Val Müstair, Switzerland to the Stelvio Pass in Italy. As with all the Alpine roads they are chock full of hairpins and closed seasonally. The Umbrail pass can be conquered in 13.4 km (8.2 mi) and in under 25 minutes without traffic. Riders beware; the Umbrail has a few gravel patches.

Photo credit: ADVrider user Khan46

Start the ride in Santa Maria Val Müstair, a small town of 1,500 people at the base of the Umbrail Pass at an elevation of 1,375 m (4,511 ft). Anyone up for taking a break from riding can explore the beautiful hiking trails here which are said to be exceptional year-round. The village is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Benedictine Convent of Saint John Abbey for its exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art, circa 780 AD. While you're here you may also want to check out a new public astronomy observatory called the Alpine Astrovillage Lü-Stailas.

From Santa Maria Val Müstair, ride South toward Via Umbrail to access the Umbrail Pass.

The Umbrail Pass is a great motorcycle road that holds the title of 'highest road in Switzerland' at 2,503 m (8,212 ft) in elevation. Not only does the road thrill with its many hairpins and winding twisties but you'll get some terrific Alpine scenery as you warm up for the mother of motorcycle roads: The Stelvio Pass.

The Umbrail may be the warm up for Stelvio, but it's not to be taken lightly. Take care on loose gravel surfaces and pass slower riders with caution. Aim to make the Umbrail Pass a confidence building tool, it is a terrific road for the quick adrenaline boost all the while being surrounded by spectacular Alpine scenery. Enjoy the ride, Eat Sleep RIDE!

Near the end of the Umbrail Pass, you'll cross the Italian-Swiss border. And a short distance South is the Intersection of Umbrail Pass and Stelvio Pass. Here you can continue West to Bormio, Italy. Or, if you're ready, go East to try the Stelvio Pass which is a highly technical road. Check out the Stelvio Pass route here:

Stelvio Pass, 60 hairpins on fantastic Italian Alpine roads

Stelvio Pass, 60 hairpins on fantastic Italian Alpine roads

The Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass) is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps; at 2,757m (9,045 ft) high. This route takes the SS38 from Bormio to Prato Allo Stelvio through the fa ...
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