Giro d’Italia 2015 – Valdisotto

The Stages Part 2: Valdisotto

Bormio 2011For the second part of the Giro d’Italia 2015, we’ve booked an apartment in Valdisotto.

Valdisotto is located just south of Bormio, on the road to Grosio and Mazzo di Valtellina, two starting points for the climb up the Mortirolo.

Other than the Mortirolo from Mazzo, I already cycled a couple of other passes in the area four years ago. Most notably the Gavia (both ends), the Foscagno, the Umbrail and of course the Stelvio.

The latter I cycled up twice, but I’m pretty sure that one of the stages will include it again this year, for instance if/when I decide to ride my own version of the Dreiländergiro*.

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The Rebel Has Moved

Back in the days, when I was riding “Gran Fondos” almost every week, I was reporting on those – and some other group activities – mainly for my Dutch visitors.

Over the years, the focus has shifted, as has my audience and I find it increasingly pointless to continue writing a bilingual blog on Cyclopaat’s adventures.

While moving the content, I’ve also been going through it to filter out the obsolete data (links to pages, sites and events that no longer exist or have also moved).

Had I also taken the opportunity to filter out all the crappy stuff, there wouldn’t have been much left to transfer.

But, as much as you hate to admit it, the stats on my (old) site show that you actually read that shit anyway.

So, although you have been warned about the hazard to your health, you will still adjust your bookmark and continue to do so.

And should you have any recommendations as on how to improve the site, do not hesitate to drop me a note. I will probably ignore it, but I like to see you try…

NL bezoekers die met alle geweld de oude heldenverhalen nog willen nalezen, kunnen altijd terecht op robertrijnders.nl

Giro d’Italia 2015 – Corvara

The Stages Part 1: Corvara

Alta Badia Welcome SignMay is “Bike Month” according to several (overseas) organizations like the League of American Bicyclists.

I’ve also joined Team Slackers in the National Bike Challenge – I don’t see my rides on the Strava heat map so far, but anyway.

Speaking of Strava: they continue their MTS, Climbing and Gran Fondo challenges.

The latter is only 100 kilometers this month, so that was accomplished last Saturday, when I fought my way through herds of “fellow” cyclists who were participating in the Boretti Classic.

Sadly, that course has been relocated to just the area where I wanted to ride and they were doing long stretches of “my” route, but going in the opposite direction, which was no fun at all.

I rode that classic once and decided “never again”, like I now avoid most rides where you may expect over 5,500 participants.

The Amstel Gold and Limburg Mooiste usually attract between 14,000 and 20,000 participants…

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