Passo di Gavia (Bormio) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

8.6
FIETS
15.6 mi
DISTANCE
4,388 ft
GAINED
5.3 %
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Passo Gavia from Bormio is the much easier route to the top of the pass. No tunnel and much milder grade - 5.26% versus 8% from Ponte di Legno. This route is scenic (not quite as breathtaking as the traditional side) and is a very nice out-and-back with both sides tacked on - 50 miles (80km) with 9,000’ (2,743).
7.1% average grade - 22 kilometers gaining 1,534 meters and 0 descent.  81% of this climb is at 5-10%.  The steepest 500 meters is 10.8% and steepest kilometer 9.7%.

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Roadway:  2 lane road in good condition with solid center stripe and no shoulder.

Traffic:  Moderate - no as heavy as the more famous route up to Passo Stelvio.

Parking:  On our 3 trips to climb Stelvio, we have always started from our hotel.  However, there are several places to park in Bormio - probably the best and closest location to the start of the climb is at the Bormio Tram parking lot 750 meters south of climb start and just ove the Adda River bridge  - MapStreet View. 
Provisions:  2 recommended locations:  On the set of 14 hairpins (7th hairpin) at kilometer 12 and at the bottom of the waterfall is Bar Kiosk Nationalpark (Google Map + Reviews) and our favorite - Ernstl's Bratwurst at the summit - I have ridding this climb 3 times and have eaten 3 of their bratwurts with the works!!  (Google Map + Reviews).
See our Bormio, Italy climb area page for the top bike climbs in this area (including Gavia and Mortirolo).  Also consider this climb along with the world famous Passo dello Stelvio as an out and back which we did one time and thoroughly enjoyed - 94 kilometers gaining 3,415 meters (Map). 

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Passo Gavia from Bormio is the much easier route to the top of the pass.  No tunnel and much milder grade - 5.26% versus 8% from Ponte di Legno.  This route is scenic (not quite as breathtaking as the traditional side) and is a very nice out-and-back with both sides tacked on - 50 miles (80km) with 9,000’ (2,743).  

With Stelvio, one of the best spots to finish in Europe . . .