Giro delle Dolomiti 2019–Stage 2

Leonie and I headed to registration at 7 am. I had arrived in Bozen yesterday by train. Leonie had ridden the first stage but due to the trickiness of life, I was not there. Looking back from 2020, this was the last nice trip we did together.

The Giro delle Dolomiti is a strange event. This was the first year doing it – and probably the last. I’d looked at it before but had been put off by the fact that most of the “race” is a bunch ride and only small sections are timed. Still it’s quite a long tour. It’s six days and each stage has quite a lot of climbing in it. All-in-all it was a memorable experience.

The race started each day from a big hall. We lined up amongst the many many people at the start line. The stage took us up Wurzjoch. Leonie and I have done this a couple of times in the past but we never got right to the top due to snow as we’re usually in Bolzano in March for some early season cycling. There was no issue with snow today, it being mid summer. Instead the issue was more the extreme heat. There was a timed section near the top that was perhaps 20 minutes long. Leonie and I helped ourselves to the huge amount of race food at the end and then to the complimentary gelato ice cream from a little ice cream truck. There was a grassy field at the finish and a view back to dolomites behind.

The descent was slow and annoying as we were required to ride behind the race car that drove at a very slow neutralised pace. We stopped along the way to wait for the last riders and then crawled off again.

It was meltingly hot at our camp site on the outskirts of Bolzano. Actually I don’t remember which day was the hottest. It was like this for the whole week. The little camp shop was air conditioned and I headed in there to discover chilled fruit juice which I bought and which became the daily ritual.

Us at the start of stage 2 (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Riding (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Cris (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)

1) We started each stage at a large hall in Bolzano.

2) There were many many riders entered. The pace was slow as we had to ride behind the race car neutralised until the timed sections.

3) Me cycling.

Cris and Leonie at the drinks stop (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Leonie riding up the hill (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Leonie finishing stage 2 (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)

1) Halfway up the ascent the entire peloton stopped and we had food and drinks.

2) We continued climbing up the pass.

3) Leonie crosses the timing mat at the finish line.

Cyclists waiting for ice cream (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Us and ice cream (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)

Bikes at the finish line (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Leonie at Wuerzjoch (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)Cris at the finish (Giro delle Dolomiti 2019)

1) A nice touch – a little ice cream truck was at the finish line with gelati ice cream.

2) There was plenty of food at the finish line including a little ice cream truck serving us all ice cream. We cycled back to the start in one group veeery slowly.

3) Where to put ones bike?

4) The stage ended at Würzjoch.

5) Posing at the pass sign.

Giro delle Dolomiti – Stage 2

Tour de Kärnten 2013 Stage 4 – 80 km road race

The day dawned with dubious looking weather. I went for my full lycra suit including feet warmers in preparation for a rainy ride. It was still dry when we left but not long into the ride it got a little damp. The first 8 km were neutralised, this time at a much more sensible pace.

The starting gun went off on a hill and the pace lifted immediately. I spent the next 20 minutes passing people and chasing with others. I ended up in a chase group behind a bigger bunch which we almost caught at the top of the major climb. Almost wasn’t quite enough though and I ended up riding with just two others for the majority of the rest of the ride after we descended slowly, first in mist, and then on the wet road to the valley.

My legs gave out on the final climb and I was passed by a good number of people. Nice stage despite the weather.

 

Nearing the final ascent on Stage 4 (Tour de Kärnten)

Above: I rode for some time with the ‘red team’ after descending with them from the misty summit of the previous climb.

Tour de Kärnten Stage 4 – Time: 02:41:03.8 (official) 03:00:01 (neutralised) Dst: 78.0 km Avg: 26.0km/h Max: 71.3km/h Ascent: 1889 m Place: 46 (overall men) 21 (open men)


Above: Strava was watching again.

Tour de Kärnten Stage 2 2013 – 87 km road race

My alarm went off at 7 and I got ready for the second stage of the Tour de Kärnten. Today was an 87 km road race with 1000 m of climbing (or 1259 if you believe Strava). The first 13 km were neutralised although the “neutral” pace was at times over 50 km/h. As usual, I picked my favourite place in the bunch, i.e. at the back in prime dropping position. We reached the first hill and the bunch broke in three. I was in the back third and ended up riding with around 10 people to the finish line. The route was quite nice with good views of the green hills. The pace after we were dropped was very leisurely at first, but picked up again towards the end but the overall pace was still fairly low at around 35 km/h. The front bunch finished around 12 minutes up on us. My legs started cramping a bit as I tried to sprint over the last hill to the finish line. Best not too push too hard on day two I suppose. Nice race all-in-all.

Cris at the start line Stage 2 (Tour de Kärnten 2013)Sprinting to the finish line on Stage 2 (Tour de Kärnten 2013)

Above left: Stage 2 was an 87 km road race with around 1000 m of climbing. The weather was nice and warm and the scenery nice and green. I got dropped as the bunch split into three on the first hill at 30 km and rode with the third bunch to the finish. Above right: My legs did a bit of cramping on the last hill before the sprint which didn’t help my sprint but still I zoomed across the finish line with the bunch. There’s not much point sprinting for something like 50th place anyway.


Above: Strava says stuff.

Tour de Kärnten Stage 2: Time: 02:03:28.4 (race time), 02:28:59 (including neutralised section) Dst: 87 km Avg: 35 km/h Max: 77.4 km/h Ascent: 1259 m Place: 23/36 (open men), 49/103 (total men)