Bike Touring Highlight
The Gavia Pass is, after the Stelvio, the highest Alpine pass in Italy (2,652 m asl) and connects the Valtellina with Ponte di Legno, in the province of Brescia.From S. Caterina Valfurva the climb that leads to Passo Gavia gains about 900 meters in altitude in just over 13 kilometers, with an average gradient of 6.5% and with several easy and pedalable sections interspersed with other decidedly challenging ones. The Brescia side from Ponte di Legno, on the other hand, is the most difficult: along the 18 km of road, in fact, a gradient of 12% can be reached with a total difference in height of about 1,380 meters.Several times "Cima Coppi" of the Giro d'Italia, the Gavia Pass entered the history of cycling by right with the famous stage of June 5, 1988 when, under a heavy snowfall and temperatures below zero, the Dutch Johan Van der Velde , who was fleeing towards the arrival in Bormio, faced Gavia dressed only in a cotton shirt, risking frostbite.
September 14, 2020
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