You did Stelvio?! You nutter. I would KILL to take a fast car down there. So far all I have done is Thruxton and a lot of UK driving. I would love to do Spa, Hockenheim and the Ring but it will have to wait.
On the first trip we rode up to Grand Ballon, which is a ski resort in France and did the B500. Both of those were very fast, mainly flowing and great fun.
As we approached Stelvio we stopped on the side of the road to water the grass and 2 UK registered 6 wheelers came past that appeared to be the support truck for a cycle race. We then set off and started going up Stelvio. It's one hair pin after the net and the camber on the road is so steep that had we had to stop we would probably have toppled over. We got around one corner and were met with a tail back and it turned out that the lead truck had got his tail lift beached on the road as he went around a hair pin. Being bikes we just filtered past, but it was tricky because we couldn't see.
My bike is too high geared for that, 1st was a bit low and 2nd too high, it could have done with a smaller rear sprocket and use 2nd and 3rd. I'm glad we road it, but there are better roads. I think something like a Mini 1275GT would be the best vehicle up there, you want something very small.
There are people taking pictures of everyone going up and down there and you can buy them from their website. We went up there in June and the ski runs were still open and being used. There were probably more cyclists using the road than cars and bikes. Proper stick thin cyclists they were too.
We had a great sausage at the top from one of the venders up there that looked like he never came down from the mountains. It was a great sausage and we have since referred to him as Stelvio Sausage Man. and all European bike trips now have to have a memorable meat based lunch that we just stumble across. This year is was a magnificent steak we had at some cafe in France. Charolais cows in the field opposite. Great steak in the cafe..