|Passo della Foppa/Pas de la Foppa (Passo del Mortirolo)|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
Signs ‘Passo Mortirolo’ says 1851m; new sign: ‘Passo della Foppa’ 1852m; old sign 1880m
|1303m - 12.3 km (Mazzo di Valtellina)
1143m - 13.8 km (Ponte di Grosio)
1353m - 12.7 km (Tovo S. Agata)
1167m - 14.2 km (Edolo)
964m - 9.7 km (Monno/Ponte dei Pellegrini)
|5 (5) West; 4 (5) East||2 (5)|
|How to get there||
The most popular climb starts from the west just north of Tirano in Mazzo di Valtellina (552m). Here along the roadside they have recently raised a statue to the memory of Marco Pantani. There is a road starting also further north (just north of Grosio) at Ponte di Grosio (712m) (might be hard to find (get the Kompass 94 map of the area)). The climb from Mazzo has around 15% on average for 5-6 kilometres with a maximum at around 18-20%.
The eastern approach start in Edolo (688m) if arriving from the south and if coming from Passo del Tonale or Passo di Gavia you can turn off to Monno at Ponte dei Pellegrini (891m). It is a very hard climb on any approach, but the one from Monno is easiest (only last bit is very steep). This pass is often referred to as Passo Mortirolo, confusing it with two other nearby passes with that name. Cartography of the area is poor and thus no wonder there have been mistakes.
There is also an interesting climb up from Tovo S. Agata (524m), which starts just before the village if coming from Tirano (there are no sign posts and the road looks like it only goes to a house there). As soon as you reach the woods the road becomes better and steep. The road is asphalted for a very long stretch (and it looked like they were asphalting more of it). The problem is finding the right road over to the normal road up to Passo della Foppa, which I missed myself and went up on a grassy track with concrete ramps up to 32% to eventually meet the Foppa-Trivigno road (which I only saw when I was metres away from it). If you find the gravel road over to the Foppa pass then it should normally be rideable with a road bike. From the new profile at salite.ch it says that there is now only 1 km of gravel left here. You should turn off the road soon after the road you are climbing turns to gravel (which I believe was aspahleted again higher up for an additional kilomtre or so). This approach should be the hardest (very irregular) and I found it quite fun. There is also a version up from Mazzo which is a bit harder than the normal road, but I am unsure exactly how this goes so have not tried to map it.
|Other comments||There is water just at the start of the real climb in Mazzo. There is very good water not far from the top on the Monno side (where there is a short flat section). There is a bar at the top on the Monno side. There is a high ridge road going southwest at the top to Passo di Guspessa (1824m) (road height 1896m) and over the erroneously named Passo del Picco (1870m) and then takes you down via Valico di Trivigno (Monte Padrio) (1792m) to Passo di Aprica (1174m). There are some roads going off this road: one goes to Cortenedolo; one or two goes down to Tirano; and the last one goes over Passo di Santa Cristina (1434m) down to half-way up the west side of Passo di Aprica. This road from Foppa to Aprica is a bit bad in places, so be careful when descending! The ridge road also goes to the northeast and is surfaced 2 km beyond Col Carette di Val Bighera (2097m). For more information see Passo di Guspessa, Valico di Trivigno (Monte Padrio) and Col Carette di Val Bighera.
[IT-BS-1855, BIG 694]