Stage 10 Beaches and umbellas – Termoli to Teramo : 154km

Weather: Side then tailwind. Hot, rain, hot, rain, hot, buckets of water, hotel. Breakfast: 7am, be-well muesli, roll with cheese and ham Transfer: no transfer ☺ ride out from the hotel Ride time: 5.5hour Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Tailwind and beautiful beaches. Lows: Black socks. PAULO SHARPONI award: CarlContinue reading “Stage 10 Beaches and umbellas – Termoli to Teramo : 154km”

Stage 9 Epic Etna – Messina to Etna : 169km

Weather: Hot, hot, hot. Breakfast: 6am, Hotel meusli and a rushed coffee Transfer: 2 hours, ferry and Messina traffic Ride time: 10hours including pizza stop. Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Etna, Etna, well not quite. Lows: Stray dogs and Sicilian drivers PAULO SHARPONI award: Marco This was always going toContinue reading “Stage 9 Epic Etna – Messina to Etna : 169km”

Stage 8 Heel everyone! – Sapri to Tropea : 214km

Weather: Sunny and dry, slight head wind. Hot. (no it’s not a typing error) Breakfast: 6am, Hotel meusli and a rushed coffee Ride time: 9hrs Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: The finish line Lows: A good talking to… PAULO SHARPONI award: Gian It was only after I got to theContinue reading “Stage 8 Heel everyone! – Sapri to Tropea : 214km”

Stage 7 Got lost and found my legs – Maddlaoni to Montevergine : 109km

Weather: Sunny and dry, slight head wind. Hot. Breakfast: 6am, Be-well muesli, toast and yoghurt Transfer time: 2 hours before, 3 hours after Ride time: 6h10 Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Monastery in Montevegrine Lows: My sense of direction PAULO SHARPONI award: Peta On paper this looked like a relativelyContinue reading “Stage 7 Got lost and found my legs – Maddlaoni to Montevergine : 109km”

Stage 6 Darkness descends Orvieto to Fiuggi Terme : 201km

Weather: Sunny and dry to start, rain to finish Breakfast: 7am, 8am start, no transfer Ride time: 10 plus hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: None I can remember Lows: the views of my handlebars PAULO SHARPONI award: Steve It was the day my mental strength left me and IContinue reading “Stage 6 Darkness descends Orvieto to Fiuggi Terme : 201km”

Stage 5 Hide and Survive – Piobbina to Orvieto: 198km

Weather: Sunny and dry, head wind. Breakfast: 6:30am, 1 croissant, boiled egg and orange juice Ride time: 9plus hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: the final climb to the village Lows: the final climb to the village PAULO SHARPONI award: James With an hours transfer on the bus to theContinue reading “Stage 5 Hide and Survive – Piobbina to Orvieto: 198km”

Stage 4 Sheffield comes to Quarto – Quarto to Livorno : 211km

Weather: Torrential rain, waterfalls, head and side wind, 10-20 deg. Breakfast: 6:30am, muesli, kiwi fruit Ride time: 9h30. Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Final climb through village with beautiful sea views Lows: Rain, rain and more rain. PAULO SHARPONI award: Andy With a bunch of folk leaving, a few moreContinue reading “Stage 4 Sheffield comes to Quarto – Quarto to Livorno : 211km”

Stage 3 – I’m screwed – Reggio to Rapallo : 160km

Weather: Sunny and dry, head wind, warm and dry. Breakfast: 6:30am, 1 croissant, boiled egg and orange juice Ride time: 7H55. Visits to Dr Death: 1 Visits to Soigner: 1 Highs: Booming along at 40kpm HTC lead out style. Lows: Head wind, head wind, head wind. PAULO SHARPONI award: Ben Bad night sleep, lively legsContinue reading “Stage 3 – I’m screwed – Reggio to Rapallo : 160km”

Stage 2 – The Real Day One – Alba to Parma : 248km

Weather: Sunny and dry, head wind, warm and dry. Breakfast: 7am, Be-Well Oats (878 calories) plus extras Ride time: 7H55, with breaks & U-turns 9h30 on road. Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 1 Highs: Flying along at 40kpm HTC lead out style. Lows: Head wind, head wind, head wind. PAULO SCARPONI award:Continue reading “Stage 2 – The Real Day One – Alba to Parma : 248km”