Lago Maggiore 2019

I spent a few days with Mum and Dad at Lago Maggiore. I arrived late on Monday after a FlixBus mission from Lindau to Bellinzona and bus to Locarno. Mum and Dad picked me up in the rental from there.

On Tuesday we went for a walk around the little town to the North of our holiday house along the lake. The town as named Cannero  and it was quite pretty. We swam in the lake and walked around the little streets. We then drove further along the lake to Cannobio and up a valley. We found a nice river and a church to look at. The sun came out a bit briefly before it returned to being grey.

View out from holiday house 2 (Lago Maggiore)

Above: We stayed in a home exchange house across the road from Lago Maggiore.

View of night sky 2 (Lago Maggiore)View across the lake (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: The weather was good and there were stars in the evenings.

Above right: We went for a walk down at the next town named Cannero a little way up the lake towards Switzerland. Dad and I went swimming in the lake. The water was warm.

A turtle in the lake (Lago Maggiore)

Above: We found this guy swimming around in the lake.

Mum and dad walking in Cannero (Lago Maggiore)Nice church up the river (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: The streets were narrow and picturesque.

Above right: We went for a walk up the valley from the town Cannobio and found this church.

On Wednesday we drove South to Intra and took a ferry to the B-something islands. We stopped at Isola Madre first although our ticket didn’t officially allow it. It seemed like a big tourist trap as we had to pay to enter the island. I was not impressed with this or the crowds but we found a spot on the island to have our picnic lunch and the crowds seemed to reduce a little and it was a bit better. We jumped back on the ferry and headed to Isola Superiore. This island had no entry free. It instead had quite a nice old town. It was teaming with tourists again but we found a spot to swim, walked around a bit and then got something to eat and drink at a restaurant at the edge of the lake.

Mum and dad on Isola Madre (Lago Maggiore)Another pheasant on Isola Madre (Lago Maggiore)Mum and Dad on Isola Superiore (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: We visited Isola Madre with the hordes of tourists.

Above middle: There was some exotic wild life on the island.

Above right: We continued onwards to Isola Superiore. The island was not private like Isola Madre. This meant we could wander around the old town and go for a swim in the warm water.

Narrow alleyway on Isola Superiore (Lago Maggiore)Mum and Dad living the high life on Isola Superiore (Lago Maggiore)A cat on Isola Superiore (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: The old town was quite interesting with lots of little alley ways.

Above middle: I got a bit hungry so we stopped at one of the restaurants and had something to eat.

Above right: More narrow streets with local wildlife.

View from the palace on Isola Bella

Above: More narrow streets with local wildlife.

The palace gardens on Isola BellaThe palace gardens on Isola BellaView across the lake on the boat ride back (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: The palace gardens were amazing and it was a very nice evening for walking around them.

Above middle: The gardens had all sorts of ornamental statues and interesting things to look at.

Above right: We took the boat back in the evening.

View across Lago Maggiore from the Air BnB

Above: Moon on the water of Lago Maggiore.

We didn’t leave for our third island until around 5 pm. It was named Isola Bella and was very pretty. The sun was lower in the sky now and all the cloud had gone. So had some of the people. We had paid huge sums of money for combination entry ticket to the first and third island although it wasn’t strictly necessary on the third island. It did mean we could enter the palace and gardens, which turned out to be very very nice, the gardens in particular.

On Thursday we went for a drive up the valley from Cannobio  and visited a small town named Falmenta. The valley would be great for road cycling. If I’m ever back there I’ll have to try it out. You could do a loop up the valley then back down into Switzerland to Locarno then back along the lake. I guess Leonie would like it too. We walked around the town a bit had lunch and then returned to our Air BnB.

I took the bus back to Lindau on Friday morning and Mum and Dad flew to Florence.

Nice river up the valley from Cannobio (Lago Maggiore)Mum checking out the old town in Falmenta (Lago Maggiore)

Above left: We drove up the valley from Cannobio and stopped to look at a deep river before visiting the old town of Falmenta.

Above right: Falmenta is built on the side of a hill and is full of the typical little narrow streets that you find in a European old town.

Pfänder TT

Markus and I entered the Pfänder Time Trial. Like the name suggests it’s a time trial that goes up pfaender. It was mid week and after work. It was a meltingly hot day and after registering we found some shade to sit in. I poured water over my head and we waited for the crowds to clear a bit so we could start. Markus started one place in front of me so was 30 seconds before me.

I had a good ascent cracking the 30 minutes mark and getting my heart rate up high. I overtook Markus and a few others. It was a little cooler at the top and we waited there for a bit before heading back down via the tops and Eichenberg.

A nice midweek race. Pity they don’t have them more often.

 

 

 

Results:

Pfaender Rennen 2019 – ErgebnislistenErgebnislisteAK

Pfaender Rennen 2019 – ErgebnislistenErgebnislisteMW

Rund um Vorarlberg 2019

Josh stayed the night and on Saturday evening we cycled to Hohenems to pick up our race packs.

Today we got up slightly before 4 am and cycled to the start of the race. The ride there was quite nice. It was a clear morning and the race started just before sunrise, at 6am.

We arrived 20 minutes before the start and it looked like most people were already lined up. I went to the back whereas Josh did the smart thing and snuck in somewhere further towards the front. The start was supposed to be neutralised but as usual it wasn’t really. I spent the first 10km to the Bödele climb cycling past people. The climb to Bödele was ok and I passed many people there too. The descent was nice and fast and fun.

I had a good group on the flat to the Hochtannberg Pass climb. I started to slow down on the climb and many people passed me. I just felt like I didn’t have any energy. Oh well. Another fun descent from the pass to Warth where I stopped at the refreshment station. I felt a little better after that and rode at the front of a group to Lech along the enjoyable winding road.

I was a bit slow on the climb up to Flexenpass and a fair few people passed me again. The descent from Flexenpass was neutralised. We had to take at least 18 minutes to descend. I stopped just after crossing the line in the neutralised zone and ate a bit thinking that would free up some time for the descent. The descent was a nice roll. I was worried I was a bit too fast and might be disqualified but apparently I wasn’t.

Once back in the race I chased onto a bigger bunch with some guys and stuck with the bunch until the end. They were good. There were some strong guys who seemed to be ok with doing all the work! I sat on and did very little. I wasn’t feeling that great. I had been sick during the week and perhaps I wasn’t completely ok. As we passed the turn off to the Highlander I was happy that I’d made the right decision. A lot of the rest of the Rund um Vorarlberg course is flat and we had a good pace. There were two more small climbs and I made sure I rode to the front of the bunch so as not to fall off the back. I was happy that my legs were ok, maybe from the long rest during the descent.

We neared the finish line and I tried to position myself in a good place in the bunch for a sprint. One guy tried to ride off the front too early and I sat on his wheel for a bit until he ran out of steam. It wasn’t far before the finish so I changed down twice and gave it everything. I put a good distance back to the bunch except for one guy who crossed the line possibly before me. Not that it matters as the whole race is on transponder time and none of us were going to win. It’s nice to put in a good finish sprint though.

 

Rund um Vorarlberg 2019

Rund um Vorarlberg 2019 Time: 4:52:51 Place overall men: 107/367 Place Category: 61/226