Dolomites, Italy. 43 km. Altitude: 2652 m.a.s.l.
The first time I rode over the Gavia pass was on a F 800 ST with my son in 2007. Rain and fog did its best to ruin the adventure, but the Gavia had such an impact that I had to come back.
Now we are heading north towards Bormio and the Gavia is open. Last time I did an attempt to do this pass was in May 2008, but it was closed by snow. Today its open and the conditions are perfect.
On the south side the climb starts on a narrow road through the forest. But it soon opens up, but the road is still narrow and we have to take care when meeting cars. I am surprised by how steep the hillsides are. I had no impression of this from my first ride over Gavia. In the fog I had to concentrate fully on the road. To day I can admire the view over the beautiful valley and mountains. Despite the narrow road this pass is absolutely worth a detour.
At the top we do some eating before we head down towards Bormio. It starts nice, but soon the road is just as narrow and the hillside just as steep as on the south side. This is not the road for you if you are scared by heights.
In Bormio you can go north towards Umbrail pass and Stelvio pass. If you head west you can pop in to Livigno for some tax free shopping