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The Madonna of the Peaks
Bormio – Gavia Pass
The climb begins down in Bormio, although it only gets tough after Santa Caterina Valfurva. After a few kilometers of consistent incline, one reaches the Roccette area, where cyclists can take in the view of the valley and hollow of the Forni, with an immense glacier just above it. “The Madonna of the Peaks” is a statue which is visible along this route and is called upon to watch over and protect cyclists.
Length: 25,89 km – Difficult – Altitude at arrival: 2622 m – Uphill height difference: 1427 m – average slope 5.5% – maximum slope 14%
The Epic Climb
Ponte di Legno – Gavia Pass
The 1988 Giro d’Italia, under heavy snowfall, consecrated this as the epic climb! This ancient roadway that connected the “Magnificent Land” with Venice has become a must in the cycling world. The road, which is quite narrow, is much more adapt to bikes than cars. In the final stretch, the steep turns put legs and lungs to the test.
Length 18,07 km – Difficult – Altitude at arrival 2622 m. – Uphill height difference: 1380 m. –average slope 7,6% – maximum slope 12%