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Passo Gavia Italian Alps

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I’m not sure what it is that excites me so much about the Passo Gavia, perhaps it’s the iconic snowy images of Andy Hampsten from the 1988 Giro d’Italia that really set my imagination free as a kid. Since then I’ve ridden it in the cold, the rain, the wind but also in glorious Italian Alps sunshine, the type that gently warms your soul from within as you put the whole world on pause and simply enjoy the gift of being on you bike and breathing pure mountain air. Whatever conditions I’ve faced I always get a special feeling when I’m on the Gavia. Whilst its neighbouring Passo dello Stelvio may enjoy more of the limelight for me the Gavia has everything that I enjoy most about alpine cycling - tranquility, tiny narrow roads, steep pitches, busted up tarmac and some of the most sensational scenery I’ve ever been blessed to see. Such a hard climb but so rewarding. We bring to you the Passo Gavia, absolutely one of the greatest climbs you’ll ever ride!

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Kit used for this climb:

Cannondale EVO Hi-Mod Di2

Mavic Cosmic Pro Vest

Exposure Blaze Rear Light

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16% at 7.5km

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