“Best Of” picture gallery of our Giro d’Italia 2015 – if you want the larger original(s), drop me a line.
More info on that Giro here.
Almost a week has passed since my final ride in Switzerland and I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that my Giro d’Italia 2015 is over and that it’s mostly going to be the flats of my backyard again as far as riding zee baik is concerned.
Oh well, we had an unforgettable time in Italy and Switzerland once more and collected enough memories during those rides to last for months.
Despite the current heatwave – the temperature is expected to rise to a healthy 40 degrees Celsius – the wind is continuing to do its best to make the efforts of my rides resemble climbing up another mountain.
The only difference with (most of) the wind I endured during my Giro, is that it’s not freezing cold – it’s more like a mistral, which is really not any better…
Earlier this year, when we decided that a “Tour de Suisse*” was not going to happen, I did plan on climbing some of the great passes there on our way home.
As it was going to be a one day event, I had to limit the amount of climbs.
The weather looked fine for the Friday, but we needed to transfer to Airolo first, a 3.5 hour trip.
We got up shortly after 5 am and took off around 7 – as usual, the trip took “a little” longer, mainly because of traffic.
As much I would like to have had another shot at the Mortirolo, either from Grosio or Mazzo, I prioritized the Stelvio, in particular the Prato side.
Since Friday will be another tough day, I shall use Thursday to recuperate – climbing up the Stelvio is not much of a recuperation, so today it was “Stelvio or bust”…
As we are located in Bormio, I had the choice to get over the Foscagno to Livigno, onwards to Switzerland and then over the Ofen pass to circle around to Prato on the other end of the Stelvio.
While I seriously considered that option, I eventually decided to just get to Prato via the short route, i.e. over the Stelvio…
In 2011 I climbed the last part of the Bernina, from La Motta, when I made a trip over the Foscagno and Livigno. It looked nice enough, so I decided to get back there one day for the whole thing.
Today was that day and of course I wanted to start in Tirano – the whole thing or nothing, right?
And yes, I looked at the profile and it was clear that it wasn’t going to be easy. And once again, the stats proved to be worth shit, even when taking the 8+ kilometers of flat before Poschiavo out of the equation.