Bye Trentino, Hello Domane

Just in time for my Giro d’Italia 2020 and/or my birthday, the Minister of Finance has sanctioned the purchase of a new bike for expeditions like that.

My Sensa Trentino CDX was purchased at the time as an excuse for not having a bike suited for ‘mountaineering’, or the occasional off road trip.

While it has served me well during my ‘Tour de France’ of 2017 and last year’s ‘Tour de Suisse’, I only occasionally took it to roads that would be inaccessible on a ‘normal’ road bike.

And to be honest, it’s probably a cross/gravel bike well suited for its purpose, but for 95% of my rides, it’s just not the right fit.

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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.

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Report – Part 2

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Last week, I realised I did not write a post stage report on the second week of my Tour de Suisse 2019.

Well, here it is…

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We moved our base camp from Silvaplana to Sedrun on Saturday – I had an intermediate stage planned, but decided to drop that and have a rest day instead.

Also during the second week, things didn’t go exactly as planned, plus the weather was really bad, most of the time.

I managed to cycle every pass I wanted, except the Nufenen, which was closed due to land slides.

I already knew beforehand that my road book was something I was most likely not going to stick to anyway, but I didn’t anticipate that a medical discomfort would be mostly responsible for that…

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Report – Part 1

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Today, we have moved to Sedrun, a small town on the Oberalp, between Andermatt and Disentis.

This means that the first week of my Tour de Suisse 2019 has come to an end.

Although I eventually cycled almost every pass I wanted, that didn’t go as planned.

I already knew beforehand that my road book was something I was most likely not going to stick to anyway, but I didn’t anticipate the actual reason why I had to make changes to my stages…

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Tour de Suisse 2019 – Countdown

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Tomorrow night, we’ll be heading for Switzerland for my own ‘Tour de Suisse 2019’.

After a stopover for the night near Basel, my tour officially begins on Saturday, with a prologue over the San Bernadino (2,065 m) and the Splügenpass (2,114 m).

As that stage is already 90 kilometers long to the summit of the Splügenpass, with 2,600 meters of elevation difference, I will probably have a good idea about where I stand.

In previous posts (part 1 / part 2) I have described the stages I have in mind, which will require every bit of my limited – climbing – capabilities under the best of circumstances.

However, although I’m in much better shape than I was some 4 months ago, I have still not fully recovered from the injuries I sustained in December last year…

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