Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 8

Aprica & Mortirolo

As it seemed yesterday’s extra / half rest day had done me well, I was hoping to complete a slightly more challenging stage today.

Keeping in mind the restrictions on distance and knowing that sustained climbing efforts of over 11% were most likely not possible, I looked at the Mortirolo from its “easy” side, Edolo / Monno…

After all, with all due respect, the profile from that end doesn’t look half as scary as the one from Mazzo or Grosio.

So, since I stated that the climb from Mazzo “did not hurt as much as expected” in 2011 – probably because I did the Zoncolan shortly before it – I was hopeful that I would be able to make it.

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 7

Tori di Fraele & Bormio 2000

Today I was going to find out if there were going to be more stages in this year’s Giro.

The intensive treatment had done me good, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to cycle, let alone climb a mountain.

I planned a first stage from Bormio that was not too difficult – I did that when still at home, thinking I would need a “recovery” after the previous stage from Corvara to Bormio.

It involved the climb up to Bormio 2000 and I had the option to include the Torri di Fraele (Cancano) or not – I would know after Le Motte, a stinging climb of around 3 kilometers…

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 6


One last stage from Corvara, so where to go? I didn’t want a long day in the saddle, or a long transfer to start or from finish, so that didn’t leave me with a lot of options.

Although I did not seriously consider going up Plan de Corones / Kronplatz, I did head for Longega for the Furcia. I got on the bike near Piccolino, where the thought of the climb up the Würzjoch a few days before made me cringe…

In Longega I headed towards San Vigilio (di Marebbe), where I took a wrong turn – I recognized the mistake in time and headed back to Marebbe, to pick up the right path.

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 5

Pinei & Alpe di Suisi

In 2011, I climbed the Pinei from Ponte Gardena and noticed a “split” near Castelrotto to the Alpe di Siusi.

Back then, I continued the route through Castelrotto, but for this year’s Giro, I looked up that climb which was not originally in the road book and I constructed a stage to it.

Leaving Corvara, I first climbed the Gardena from our front door, descended the 30+ kilometers to Ponte Gardena – with a stop for some more shopping in Selva – and then went up the same road as 4 years ago, when it was my warming up / prologue.

Strangely, I did not remember the bit with stretches of 11% before reaching Castelrotto and that wore me out more than I would have liked.

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 4

Tre Cime di Lavaredo & Giau

It looked like it was now or never for the attack on Tre Cime di Lavaredo. I let go of the idea to make that a 150+ kilometer round trip, so we transferred to Cortina d’Ampezzo by car

From there, I eventually found the way up to Tre Croci, which could be considered a warm up for the real thing.

Descending the Tre Croci and then climbing back up to the Lago di Misurina, brought me to the start of the tough part of the climb up Tre Cime.

Paula had to pay no less than 24 Euro to get past the toll gate – seeing you on a bicycle, they just laugh at you and you pay nothing – and while it was ever getting colder, I started to inch my way up.

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