After a wet introduction to the dolomites yesterday, we were all a little relieved when we woke to relatively clear skies this morning. On the menu today were the Passo Giau, one of the toughest climbs in the region (9.7km @ 10%) and the less difficult passo Falzarego. The first 20km of the ride were a welcome downhill roll to Santa Lucia (except for the 3km warm up climb just after the turn onto the SP251). After a coffee in the small town we set off for the Giau summit. This is a tough but very beautiful climb averaging close to 10% for an hour or so. Once the summit is reached you are rewarded with superb views and an even better descent down to Pocol. From here a left turn takes you straight onto the passo Falzarego, 10km at an average of just 5.2%, but the numbers hide the truth as a virtually flat 2km stretch brings the average gradient down. The Falzarego is another stunning Dolomiti summit and today's ride would be hard to beat for scenery, even considering the incredible vistas we have seen in the past 3 weeks. We have only two riding days left before the tour finishes. Tomorrow we will see the mesmerising Tre Cime and Saturday we take on the brutally hard passo Fedaia. It is going to be very hard to say goodbye to these beautiful mountains and I already cannot wait to come back.
Brian Bubba Cooke
Exercise Physiologist, coach & cycling tragic for 30 years. Love the freedom, reward and sense of achievement that one can only experience in our amazing sport.