Cyclopaat constructed his own Giro d’Italia 2015 – on this page you find the links to the post stage reports of part 1, the stages from Corvara.
Apart from the occasional escape into an ever windy – and mostly still chilly – polder, the first three months of the year have traditionally been spent on the Tacx.
Not that I consider this punishment – riding outdoors is king, but my iGenius provides me with enough opportunities to avoid boredom.
Obviously, mimicking a climb by playing a “Real Life Video” is second best, but also the “virtual worlds” in the TTS software provide enough variety to keep you entertained.
Besides, the RLV experience is as close as I can get to the real stuff when it comes to climbing. Even if I would go out, the hilly environment of the south of my country is no match.
The Ardennes or Eifel provide more of a challenge, but still nothing like Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Two weeks in heaven
From June 12 to June 26, we were in (cycling) heaven for two weeks for my own ‘Giro d’Italia 2015’. Both from Corvara as from Valdisotto, I cycled the Giro of all Giro’s, concluded with a breathtaking final stage from Airolo, Switzerland.
The first week of my Giro d’Italia 2015, we had an apartment in Corvara, from where a score of passes can be cycled. Most famous new cols for the “Col Collector’s list” were Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Würzjoch, but also de Alpe di Siusi made it on there.
Part two of the Giro was based in Valdisotto, from were the Mortirolo was attacked from Monno and the Bernina was cycled in full, from both ends in one trip. I did that with the Gavia and Stelvio too, by the way…
The final stage of the Giro d’Italia 2015 was, in fact, entirely in Switzerland. It included the Gotthard, Furka and Grimsel, which brought me scenery unlike any I’d seen before, although the preceding revisit to the Stelvio brought back some great memories…
You can read all about the – in total 12 – stages, concluded with a recap in these separate posts:
Planning / Preparation
Ever since my epic Giro d’Italia 2011, I’ve been longing to get back to the Italian Alps.
The Bormio area, at the base of the Stelvio and the Gavia, is situated in the Ortler Alps (Lombardia region) and while it’s a great place to be, I enjoyed the Trentino – Alto Adige area just a bit more. Together with Veneto (Belluno) this is better known as “the Dolomites range” and it’s a true paradise.
So, this June, Paula and I will go back there – we will again stay in both areas to revisit mountains climbed back in 2011, but obviously I’m also looking to conquer new ones.
Until then, you can follow my preparations for my “Giro d’Italia 2015” on this page – as always, preparation is half the fun, right?
- Road Book – Part 2: Bormio
- Road Book – Part 1: Corvara
- Official announcement and first thoughts in this post
General info on my ‘Giro d’Italia’ expeditions here.