I dragged myself out of bed and headed to the start line for the RIG Schauinsland time trial. It was, being spring time in Freiburg, rather cold… At least that has been the pattern this spring and today was no different although it wasn’t raining! Aaaaamaaaazing.
There were 12 keen starters there at 9 am. My legs felt a little sluggish as I headed off as they didn’t seem to have recovered quite from the Tour de Kärnten and the Dolomites just yet. Despite this I puffed up the hill and was surprised when I looked at my speedo near the top and saw 36 minutes. Unfortunately I couldn’t push any harder along the flat section at the end but was still happy with my time of 38:15 (RIG time). This put me in 3rd place from the starters and in 3rd place overall for the RIG cup. The previous night’s alcohol seemed to have had a large negative impact on Marco as he would normally be a good bit faster than me on the climb. The time got me 6th place from 116 on Strava.
Schauinsland TT – Time 38:15 Dst: 11.4 km Avg: 18.1 km/h 33.8 Max: km/h Ascent: 773 m Place: 3rd
Above: Strava thought I was a second faster…
It was a very cold morning but it wasn’t snowing and that was good enough for us. We jumped on the bikes and headed up to the Sella pass like we had a couple of days ago. There was a whole lot more snow around and it was very cold at the top (under zero according to the interwebs). We rode down to the junction and up to Gardena pass. There was also a heap of snow there, enough that we could dump our bikes in the snow beside the road and they would stay standing upright. From there it was a descent into the valley, a quick coffee, and up to Campolongo pass, another shorter descent and then a final ascent of Pordoi pass at a good clip. It was rather nippily (to use the correct jargon) the entire time but the road only had patches of snowy slush on it around the Sella and Gardena passes. A nice day of riding and plenty of chances for posy snow pictures. Woohoo.
Above left: After the Sella pass we headed down and back up to the Gardena pass. Above middle: It was rather difficult to ride by the time we got to the pass… At least it would have been rather difficult next to the road. Above right: I decide that it would be easier by foot and go for a little stroll with my bike. There was a good deal of snow on Gardena pass, actually there was also a good deal of snow on Sella pass, Campolongo pass, and Pordoi pass.
Above left: Thomas and I rode tempo up to the Campolongo pass. Above right: Thomas and I zoomed up to the Pordoi pass, while Marco nursed his weary legs after having ridden an extra four hours while we were lazy yesterday.
Dolomites Day 6 – Time: 03:27:07 Dst: 67.2 km Avg: 19.5km/h Max: 65.2km/h Ascent: 2178m
Above: Strava stats.
It was cold but sunny again. We headed up to passo Sella (2240 m). The ride up was spectacular as we were right under huge snow covered cliffs. We descended to a junction and I opted for an easier route while Thomas and Marco headed off to flog themselves on some nastier climbs. Instead I rode up to passo Gardena and sat in the sun for a bit and munched on a sandwhich. Then it was back down to the junction, back up to passo Sella (still 2240 m), and back down to Canazei. Yes legs, time for a rest.
Above left: The ride up to passo Sella was spectacular. Awesome high rocky snow-covered cliffs above the road. Above right: Time for another pass photo at passo Sella.
Above left: I headed off to passo Gardena to save my legs. Above right: Made it to passo Gardena.
Above left: It really was rather snowy in places. Above middle: Another quick photo at passo Sella on the way back. Above right: Flags and snow (Cycling Dolomites)
Dolomites Day 3 – Time: 02:50:07 Dst: 48.0 km Avg: 16.9 km/h Max: 61.9 km/h Ascent: 1518m
Above: What Strava says about the ride… I should really embed the actual GPX file here instead but for the moment I’m too lazy.
Day 2 dawned with more sun but it was still really rather cold. Despite this we jumped on the bikes and cruised up to passo Pordoi (2239 m). Then a blat down the other side and up to passo Falzarego (2105 m). Both climbs had been fairly nice on the legs with around 5% on the steep-o-meter. At this point though I decided to bail and let Thomas and Marco crank off down the hill in search of a third steeper pass. I rode back down into the valley and headed up passo Fedaia (2054 m) like yesterday but from the other much steeper side. Marmots serenaded me on the way up.
Marco spent the evening making pained sounds each time he stood up.
Above left: Posy cycling photos had to be taken on the way up to passo Pordoi. Above right: We all joined in in the posy riding.
Above left: A family of marmots watched us as we neared the pass. I stopped to take a photo but they all scurried off into this little hut. Here daddy marmot keeps a close eye on me. Above right: We reached passo Pordoi in the sun. Thomas threw a snowball or two.
Above left: Taking a break at passo Falzarego. Above right: The others hooned off for some more pass goodness and I zoomed back down the way we’d come and then to the valley where I climbed passo Fedaia from the other side and dropped back down to the holiday house.
Above left: There were plenty of marmots on the way up to passo Fedaia. Above right: My legs were fairly trashed as I reached passo Fedaia. It’s somewhat steeper from this side.
Dolomites Day 2 – Time: 04:50:55 Dst: 89.7 km Avg: 18.5km/h Max: 61.9km/h Ascent: 2621 m
Above: Strava has something to say on the matter.
We rode up over passo Fedaia in the morning, a 600 m-ish climb from the holiday house. The weather was a little dubious but it held out for the climb. We then had a big descent that took us to a coffee shop. I had one of those tasty Italian hot chocolates that have the consistency of pudding. Then it was off up passo san Pellegrino and then a descent in more dubious weather down to the valley. We rode back up the valley to Canazei where we had started.
Above left: We wrapped up warm and headed off from our holiday house for some cycling goodness. We started with a 600 m climb up to the Fedaia pass where it snowed every so slightly on us. Above right: We reached our first pass and it was rather cold…
Above left: We had a 1200 m climb up to Passo San Pellegrino. The climb was fairly easy for most of the ride at around 6%-ish but has a nasty 18% section. We had a bit of hail on the way up but managed to marginally avoid the worst of the weather. Above right: We took a few photos at the pass and then wrapped up warm(er) before heading down the other side avoiding most of the oncoming rain.
Above left: The sun shone on us as we rode the last few kms back to Canazei. Above right: Marco has a short nap in the sun after we returned.
Dolomites Day 1 – Time: 04:06:31 Dst: 87.9 km Avg: 21.4km/h Max: 68.0km/h Ascent: 2174 m
Above: Stats on Strava.