Most of us have watched pro riders riders honkin’ over the Italian Dolomites on smooth roads through postcard-pretty valleys. Our touring buddy Eduardo Ruchelli of Philadelphia, with pals Mike and Kenneth, decided to go live the dream and have posted some amazing photos of their trip.
Eduardo wrote me this evening and described the trip. This is surely a sweet event for them all, but especially Eduardo, who went on the same trip last year and crashed on the first day and had to return to the USA.
I may not have time to label the pictures until I am back home but in the meantime here is what we are doing:
1. We stayed in Bormio for 3 nights and from there we traveled in the eastern Italian Alps (Gavia, Stelvio, Livigno and other passes) in the Alto Adige region and a little bit of Switzerland (Bernina and Umbrail).
2. We moved to Bolzano and stayed 5 nights there. We explored all the mountains around town and the Adige Valley going back and forth between the Alto Adige and Trentino regions.
3. We moved to Canazei at the heart of the Dolomites and are staying here for 4 nights. Our loops include all the major passes: Sella, Pordoi, Gardena, Pellegrino, Fedaia, and the rest.
4. We will move to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the eastern Dolomites near the Venetto region, staying there another 4 nights and plan to do some more passes (what else!) and do a ride in Austria in the Carinza region.
We do daily loops out of the hotels where we stay and have managed to use the car only to go from one hotel to another. The rides range from 60 to 90 miles and we’ve done only one century. However, we always climb at least 8,000 ft (usually 10,000 ft+) even in the 60+ mile rides. Lots of 10 – 15 mile long climbs (and descents of course!). Attached are the stats of what we have done so far.
Hope this gives you an idea,
1 Bernina 85 miles 10,800 ft
2 Gavia 85 miles 10,200 ft
3 Stelvio 43 miles 7,000 ft
4 Mendola 33 miles 3,700 ft rained out
5 Vino 90 miles 7,300 ft
6 Giovo 97 miles 10,700 ft
7 Mendola 75 miles 7,600 ft
8 Brenta 87 miles 8,600 ft
9 Siusi 68 miles 8,300 ft
10 Pellegrino 77 miles 9,200 ft.