Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 7

Foscagno, Forcola & Bernina

(Well, the last few km of the Bernina anyway)

GPS of today's rideSince the climb to the Foscagno pass is actually not really starting before leaving Valdidentro, C. had an early start this morning.

The road to it runs in front of the hotel…

So, at 9:25 he took off for the first 15 kilometers of climbing today.

And since he had planned quite a trip today, that early start was necessary too.

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Mortirolo

Mortirolo info page

GPS of the MortiroloBefore checking in to the Alpen Hotel in Valdidentro, Toerbeest made a stop in Mazzo di Valtellina, so Cyclopaat could climb the Mortirolo (profile).

This climb is considered to be one of the toughest in Europe, but after the Zoncolan, any climb (here) seems like a piece of cake ūüôā

Besides, the Mortirolo offers more shady Рtree covered Рstretches than the Zoncolan, which makes a BIG difference under sunny conditions.

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Monte Zoncolan

GPS of the ZoncolanZoncolan info page

We were moving to Mestre today, to participate in the Open European Mahjong Championship.

But since C. insisted he should definitely climb the Monte Zoncolan, they made a ‘little’ detour to Ovaro.

After all, it didn’t look that much of a detour on the map, but on Italian (secondary) roads…

He should have known from the transfer two days before from Vipiteno to Longega for the Furcia.

So, after another 3 hour drive, he was actually not so fresh anymore, but now that they were here¬†anyway, he might as well go for it…

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Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 3

Pennes, Giovo & Furcia

GPS of today's rideWhile planning today’s trip yesterday evening, C. was wondering if it would be a good idea to include the Kronplatz. This climb is partly unpaved and is climbing a¬†grindy road¬†with stretches of¬†24% not just a bit over the top?

While the only way to get there is via the Furcia (Furkelpass), he was looking for alternatives and found another nice double: the Passo Pennes / Penserjoch and the Passo Giovo / Jaufenpass, two hard hitters both starting in Vipiteno.

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