The mighty Gavia has been made (more) famous due to the exploits of Andy Hampsten, who famously climbed and descended the pass in a blizzard in 1988 to win both the stage in Bormio and the Giro. I have had the pleasure of climbing this amazing mountain before and after a second run today, I must say it now ranks as my favorite Italian Pass (but stay tuned).
The Gavia is not quite as high as the Stelvio and not as beautiful (in that classic kind of way), but oh my goodness it is wild and raw, enough to make four of our group baa cyclist feel that they are achieving something extraordinary. Having climbed it previously in perfect sunny weather, I was was thrilled to get the chance to ride it in cloud and fog (others may have preferred to sun for their first ascent). In many ways it is the way it should be and at times whilst climbing from Ponte di Legno I could barely see 20m ahead......so cool!
The classic side of the Gavia from Ponte di Legno is a very difficult cllimb but four of our group managed to scale both sides in the day and I could not be more proud of them. One for the cyclists bucket list forw!
Brian Bubba Cooke
Exercise Physiologist, coach & cycling tragic for 30 years. Love the freedom, reward and sense of achievement that one can only experience in our amazing sport.