Stage 21 Giro Cake – Milan TT: 30km

Weather: dry, sunny, warm Breakfast: 8am, but woke up at 6am, grrr Transfer: 2 hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: the end of an epic tour Lows: not enough cherries PAULO SHARPONI award: Andy for his support to Gary How does one sum upContinue reading “Stage 21 Giro Cake – Milan TT: 30km”

Stage 20 Mountaintop Views – Verbania to Sestriere: 249km

Weather: dry, sunny, warm Breakfast: 6:00am, muesli Transfer: hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: the end of an epic tour Lows: none PAULO SHARPONI award: Gary for his Popovich attack on the final climb Today’s ride was the last massive stage in was hasContinue reading “Stage 20 Mountaintop Views – Verbania to Sestriere: 249km”

Stage 19 Tortoises and Hares – Bergamo to Macugnana: 211km

Weather: dry, buckets of water, more buckets of water, overcast Breakfast: 6:00am, muesli Transfer: hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Incredible final climb with a million waterfalls Lows: wet, wet, wet PAULO SHARPONI award: Gary for his Popovich attack on the final climb Today’sContinue reading “Stage 19 Tortoises and Hares – Bergamo to Macugnana: 211km”

Stage 18 Giro Fever – Morbegno to San Pellegrino: 149km

Weather: overcast but mostly dry Breakfast: 7:30am, cornflakes, rolls, cheese, ham and cake Transfer: a half hour transfer to the start Ride time: 7.5 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Everything about this ride Lows: no navigational deviations PAULO SHARPONI award: Pasqelino our brilliant mechanic It seems quite odd toContinue reading “Stage 18 Giro Fever – Morbegno to San Pellegrino: 149km”

Stage 17 When the Pros complain – Feltre to Sondrio: 246km

Weather: Sunny, wet, sunny, wet, wet, wet, wet. Breakfast: 4:30am, 2 rolls Transfer: 2 hour transfer to the start Ride time: a few hours only Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: More incredible views Lows: 5 hours sleep PAULO SHARPONI award: Pitsy for getting back on the bike When we wereContinue reading “Stage 17 When the Pros complain – Feltre to Sondrio: 246km”

Stage 15 The Queen Stage – Conegliano to Gardeccia: 230km

Weather: Warm and dry. Breakfast: 6:30am, muesli, rolls and anything else I could stuff in Transfer: no transfer, ride out from the hotel Ride time: 13 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: The Cima Coppi Lows: the Cima Coppi PAULO SHARPONI award: oops I’ve lost track, sorry! 6,500 meters ofContinue reading “Stage 15 The Queen Stage – Conegliano to Gardeccia: 230km”

Stage 16 The Kings Speech – Bellugo to Nevegal: 30km TT

Weather: have no idea ☺ Breakfast: 7am, muesli and tears Transfer: transfer to TT Ride time: 0 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: The Kings Speach Lows: Giving up PAULO SHARPONI award: tbc After yesterday’s ride I was so gutted at not finishing up the Zoncolan, I woke up veryContinue reading “Stage 16 The Kings Speech – Bellugo to Nevegal: 30km TT”

Stage 14 Summiting Everest – Lienz to Zoncolan: 170km

Weather: Wet, wet, wet, sunny, hot. Breakfast: 6:30am, muesli Transfer: no transfer, ride out from the hotel Ride time: 9 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Not having to do Monte Crostini Lows: expedition attitude PAULO SHARPONI award: Gerard When I analysed the Giro ride, I mentioned that we wouldContinue reading “Stage 14 Summiting Everest – Lienz to Zoncolan: 170km”

Stage 13 Tractor tow – Spilimbergo to Grossglockner: 160km

Rest Day – Saturday 11 June With only 3 days riding we had another rest day with a 4-hour transfer, this time by bus. With legs that had been wrung out the day before by Benji’s 20km red-line ride home, I was toast. It was the first chance I had to wash my civvies, whichContinue reading “Stage 13 Tractor tow – Spilimbergo to Grossglockner: 160km”