Cycling Passo Gavia Bormio

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Passo Gavia - Bormio

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Average grade: 5.5 %

Length: 25.6 km

Altitude start: 1217 m

Altitude top: 2621 m

Ascent: 1404 m

Passo Gavia rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 696 (all)
Ranking Italy: 163 (all)
Ranking Alps: 239(all)
Difficulty score: 129.81 what?

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At the town of Ponte di Legno, across the wooden bridge, you turn left towards the Passo Gavia. It’s a gradual climb for about 4 kms. The road is paved, but after a couple of km, it turns to a dirty narrow one lane road, where it reaches suddenly 16%. The Passo Gavia a really hard climb with 18% in parts. It never really gets below 10% with steady, steep grades, lots of switchbacks.Every few hundred meters there’s a little parking place carved out of the mountain, for cars to pull over and pass… The top is paved for about 3 km. Then it turns back to dirt on the way down, pretty much a one lane road with again, an incredible number of switchbacks…

The Passo Gavia is situated in Lombardy. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Bormio, the Passo Gavia ascent is 25.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1404 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.5 %.

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Story by Xavier Cloetens from , Belgium, submitted on 30/08/2012
Long climb. The road is straight till the 13th km followed by hairpins in the woods until you arrive above the trees. Nice vieuws, bumpy road, no tunnel, narrow road, no traffic (or they drive slow anyway). Very good col for bikers! Around the 22nd km the road is steap 12% for 400m. Save your energy for this part as there is lack of air because the altitude +/-2400m. The other side (climb from Ponte Di Legno) is more difficult!
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Story by Twiggy/Laureen Cowie from Toronto, Canada, submitted on 10/01/2010
I climbed Passo Gavia from Bormio Italy on the 19th of September 2010 after arriving in Verano, Friday.Come hell or high water I was going to ride/climb then as I was missing my best friends daughters wedding to join/follow my guido and Lance wantabe husband with his Bert and Ernie(renamed by me)list of climbs to check off b4 we die/crash and burn.Well,hell didn`t come but the high water did!It rained and summer became winter overnight.In its wake a snow capped Mtn and colder temperatures remained. Sunday we set out along the river with a pleasant ave 7% climb slowly up past a village during the first third of the climb The road then becomes 8 to 12% throughout the switchbacks continuing up through the forest for the middle section. The remaining third opened into the moonscape above treeline views, a few more switchbacks and a welcoming,more forgiving and gentler ride over the last 5 km. Riding the bare car tracks amidst the 4 inches of surrounding snow I reached the top to enjoy the restaurant,and three cappuccinos later the sun had melted the snow for the sunny,dry, cold descent.Not as picturesque as Stelvio but less forgiving and when one rides as slow as a turtle a view is important.
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Story by Bill Ale from Roxbury, Connecticut, United States, submitted on 09/08/2008
Following the East and West ascents of the Stelvio which included the celebration on August 30,2008 of the Stelvio Bike Day, I climbed the Gavia from Bormio the next day. The lower section had a few moderate climbs, but nothing over 7%. Just past a little village the work begins as it quickly kicks up to 10-12% grades as you approach the bottom of the Gavia. The switchbacks begin almost immediately as you climb through the forest for about forty five minutes with some good grades of 12%. Thanks to the respite of the switch it is tolerable in your 34/27-25 gearing. As you gain altitude, the views became more dramatic with broad, open vistas with mountain and glacier views. The views are absolutely stunning! About 8 kilometers from the top, you will come around a sweeping mountain turn and head up a 14% climb for about 2K which then lowers slightly to 10-12% for another 2 K. This section is the hardest of the entire ascent. As you approach the top, the vistas become ""moon like"" and the temperature drops noticibly. Make sure you have your arm warmers and vest with you. It is almost flat from here to the passo. Once at the pass have lunch over looking the lake.Fantastic climb, fantastic day. A must do for any cycling enthusiast.
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Story by Koen de Koning from Venlo, The Netherlands, submitted on 16/08/2008
I climbed Passo Gavia from Bormio on the 12th and the 13th of August 2008. The first day it was rather heavy, because I climbed Stelvio from both sides on the day before. It was also a bit rainy that day, so it was pretty cold at the top. You can separate the climb into 3 sections. The lower section, going to 1750 meters, is the easiest part. The road is very good and not so steep. This will help you preparing for the middle section. This is where the only hairpins are. Here you climb to about 2100 meters. As you get higher, the trees are slowly disappearing and the road gets worse. Then comes the final section. From here you have an amazing view on the glaciers of Stelvio National Park. The road is very uneven though. With some parts of 13%, its the most difficult section of the climb. When this is over, you can see a sign saying 4,5 kilometers. At this point, the heavy part is over. Ive experienced strong winds and rain at this part. Its best to put on some warm clothes here and start preparing for the descent.
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