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.

An unexpected Giro d’Italia 2020

After we had initially booked a vacation on Tenerife, where I would cycle and Paula would bake in the sun, we decided to not take avoidable risks and cancel that trip.

Paula being who she is, then asked me if I would be in for an alternative, like Italy, maybe the Dolomites…

The occasional visitor of this site will know that I didn’t need a lot of time to think that over – HELL YEAH!

So, this year, we’ll be based in Ponte di Legno, at the base of…

* Drum roll *

the Gavia.

Yes, it’s also on the road up Passo del Tonale, but let’s face it: that has gotten slightly less attention during the history of the Giro d’Italia.

And geographically, this part of the Italian Alps, the Ortler Alps, does not include the Dolomites, but I’m not complaining and you can be certain that I will hop over.

Planning

This unexpected and very pleasant – well, for me anyway – surprise, means that my cycling holiday requires more planning than the original.

On Tenerife, I would just join the fine people of Free Motion and follow their guide(s) on organized trips, as I have done on Gran Canaria.

For my Giro d’Italia 2020, I will have to do the planning myself. However, I will probably spend less time on that this year, as my road books usually ends up in the shredder anyway.

Plus, I shouldn’t get too excited about that ‘hopping over’ to the Dolomites. For instance Canazei or Ponte Gardena for some Sella Ronda, is a 2 – 3 hour drive…

Nevertheless, as always: preparation is half the fun.

Stay tuned for more!