Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dolomites Day 2 and 3

I will start by saying that today was a so called Rest day. 75km and 3470m or 11,400 ft of climbing climbing over 2 passes and a bump. I was solid on the sprint to the hotel, but my legs were toast on the last climb. Yesterday was killer with a climb of Giau, Tre Croci, The Killer Tre Cime de Lavaredo, and the Falzarego. 3760m, or 12,300ft. And I think the Cime was the toughest climb in terms of sustained steepness I will ever climb. Until tomorrow when we do Plan de Coronas, and then on the last day Mortirollo the hard way and Gavia. Decending from the Cime, I saw 84kmph, or 52.5mph pretty sure that is the fastest I have ever gone on a bike.

It is very interesting to contrast the alps and the dolomites. These climbs are definitly harder, much steeper, but at least they don't last 40km. One side effect from the climbs is that 6% grades feel like a flat with a headwind. I'm actually serious about that.
Our Hotel in Alleghe is very much four stars, and it is right on the lake, so we can have a cold swim at the end of the ride. Too bad we are leaving tomorrow, but I'm sure the next will be great as well.

Day 2

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Day 3

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1 comment:

  1. Some very nice loops!

    That is a serious rest day. In 2008 I was hailed on top of Giau. Found it hard going nearing the end of the Maratano dles Dolimites.