Giro 2020 Plans

Contrary to my past ‘Grand Tours’, I’m not going to write a road book for my Giro d’Italia 2020.

Every time I put a lot of effort in it and while I usually manage to generally follow the stages I had in mind, I frequently have to change plans anyway.

This can be for any number of reasons, my advancing age probably not being the least important.

But, I’ve also suffered from a cyclist nodule and intense, hernia induced or incident related (back) pains.

Plus, the weather can be a force to reckon with and not seldom have I been cycling in near freezing conditions or ice cold rain one day, only to have my brain blown out because of the heat the next.

And while I have new climbs to discover during this Giro, I am already quite familiar with the area(s) and most of its climbs.

So, I can leave it that and you can stop reading if you’re no longer interested, but I’m writing down a few (loose) ideas anyway…

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Bye Trentino, Hello Domane

Just in time for my Giro d’Italia 2020 and/or my birthday, the Minister of Finance has sanctioned the purchase of a new bike for expeditions like that.

My Sensa Trentino CDX was purchased at the time as an excuse for not having a bike suited for ‘mountaineering’, or the occasional off road trip.

While it has served me well during my ‘Tour de France’ of 2017 and last year’s ‘Tour de Suisse’, I only occasionally took it to roads that would be inaccessible on a ‘normal’ road bike.

And to be honest, it’s probably a cross/gravel bike well suited for its purpose, but for 95% of my rides, it’s just not the right fit.

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Giro d’Italia 2020

Gavia from Ponte di Legno 2015

Bless me father…

For I have sinned. It has been… Well, forever.

Oh, fuck that – I haven’t heard any complaints about the lack of updates on this site over the past six months or so, so I’m not apologizing.

Besides, the Corona / Covid-19 crisis has kept everybody busy with other, more important stuff.

But, although we are now in the middle of a worldwide protest around police brutality, while all sorts of other shit is going wrong, that’s my alter ego’s department and I have an announcement of my own to make.

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Report – Part 2

Tour de Suisse Logo

Last week, I realised I did not write a post stage report on the second week of my Tour de Suisse 2019.

Well, here it is…

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We moved our base camp from Silvaplana to Sedrun on Saturday – I had an intermediate stage planned, but decided to drop that and have a rest day instead.

Also during the second week, things didn’t go exactly as planned, plus the weather was really bad, most of the time.

I managed to cycle every pass I wanted, except the Nufenen, which was closed due to land slides.

I already knew beforehand that my road book was something I was most likely not going to stick to anyway, but I didn’t anticipate that a medical discomfort would be mostly responsible for that…

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Report – Part 1

Tour de Suisse Logo

Today, we have moved to Sedrun, a small town on the Oberalp, between Andermatt and Disentis.

This means that the first week of my Tour de Suisse 2019 has come to an end.

Although I eventually cycled almost every pass I wanted, that didn’t go as planned.

I already knew beforehand that my road book was something I was most likely not going to stick to anyway, but I didn’t anticipate the actual reason why I had to make changes to my stages…

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