Narrow streets mean you get extra-close to the peleton
While the translation to English might sound a bit dramatic (Infinite Love for the 101st Giro) it’s a perfect phrase to describe my first Giro d’Italia experience.
My new love for Italy with its unbridled passion for cycling and the unbelievably beautiful scenery is something I want to share with you by way of this blog.
Pink is definitely my new colour (thanks to the Corsa Rosa aka The Pink Race)
Hopefully it will inspire you to make the long trip to Europe and see the beating heart of cycling on display.
Quoted by the likes of Chris Froome and Cadel Evans as it being the toughest of the 3 Grand Tours to win’ unifies the country for 3 weeks and brings countless towns and cities alive as the Giro starts, finishes or passes through.
Peloton negotiates Verres, a small town along the route.
Parties, decorations and a friendly happy atmosphere are to be experienced everywhere anyone who happens to be riding a bike.
I was given a glass of local prosecco wine by some local Italian party-goer as I pedalled into Sappada on Stage 14 just after the crazy promotional Caravana went through. This gesture made me feel like a ‘winner’ for a few moments at least as I pedalled and rode just like the Giro GC winner does at the end.
I’ve been fortunate to experience a range of experiences including seeing the defining Big Climbs at Monte Zoncolan, Colle delle Finestre, Jafferau, Col Tsecore and all the excitement of the stage finishes.
Thirty-two year old Chris Froome’s solo breakaway for 80 kms on Stage 19 will become legendary to effectively win the Giro. To witness him rush past me up the last 5 km’s to Jafferau was incredibly special.
Giro of Beer’s (Giro di Birre) acknowledgment of now-departed great Italian cyclists on
Stage 20 into Cervinia, underneath the Mater Horn (4478 m high).
Simon Yates, at 25, while initially disappointed after he fell away in the last few stages has learned some valuable lessons and will see him feature again in future Giro’s. This race is made for climbers.
Pictures can only convey some of the atmosphere as the breakaway riders come through accompanied by neutral support cars, helicopters and motor bikes and followed by the peleton, more bikes, drooling at the team cars laden with every conceivable type of top-end road bikes.
Being up close to see the strain on the faces of the cyclists or the chatter in multiple languages as they pass, to hear the police sirens as they attempt to clear a path and waiting for the ‘Fine Gara Ciclistica’ van to come to indicate that the last of the riders have passed is all in a day’s experiences as you wait on the road to clear to head home and get ready for another day at the Corsa Rosa.
Being there is unforgettable!
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Photo's and words by Rossco.