Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 6

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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Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 5

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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Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 2

Sella Ronda Bike Day

GPS Sella Ronda DayTwice a year, the ‘Sella Ronda Bike Day’ – a combination of four passes in a 55 kilometer loop around the Sella group – is open for bicyclists only.

Between 8:30 and 15:30 the roads are closed to motor vehicles and thousands of cyclists go out for their ‘Sella Ronda’.

Since he was in the area anyway, C. joined them…

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