Passo Gavia

Bike Tour Italy, Passo Gavia

The Passo di Gavia (Gavia Pass) is one of the highest and one of the most beautiful passes of the Alps and sits at an elevation of 2.621m above the sea level.  Passo Gavia is located in the Lombardy region and divides the Sondrio Province to the north with the  Brescia Province, to the south.

The road over the pass (SS 300) connects Bormio to the northwest with Ponte di Legno to the south. At the top of the Gavia Pass you find "Lago Bianco", surrounded by the mountain "Corno dei Tre Signori", 3359 m.  Also, there is the beautiful "Lago Nero" on 2386 m,  situated just underneath the pass on the south side. The Gavia Pass is opened from June to September. 

Riding from the northern side just before the top of Passo Gavia you will cross a bridge over the "Rezzalasco", then you arrive at the alpine rifugio "Berni" at 2545 m, here there is a war memorial for the First World War.

The Gavia Pass is often on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race and is sometimes designated the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the race. On 5 June 1988, the race passed over the Gavia in a snowstorm, making for an epic stage won by Erik Breukink. American Andrew Hampsten, the second place finisher, became the overall race leader and went on to win the Giro.

 

Bike Tour Passo di Gavia in the Italian Alps
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