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.