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Old 05-08-14, 04:58 AM   #26
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Thanks for the photos . I am really envy of you to be able to visit such a nice place . I will get there one day after winning the lottery .
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Holy switchback Batman, nice place for a bike ride!
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Holy switchback Batman, nice place for a bike ride!
I was lucky that I went down those switchbacks seen in the last photo in the second post. It averages 14% for about 3 miles.
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Next time I go I will have to take a bike......
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Ride #3 : 5400 ft of total climbing, 4650 ft of climbing in 12 miles.

Amantea to Cozzo Aurulo in Amantea, CA | MapMyRide
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Southern Italy: long climb into the alpine air

Yesterday's ride was an almost continuous 5400 ft climb to an alpine land of cow-bells, cattle and goats. The ride started at sea level among palm trees and cactus. It reached it's turn-around point in foggy alpine air and scrubby mountain growth.

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Beautiful! How were the legs?
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The legs held up well. I did enjoy more than 10 hours of a very restful sleep.

Most of the climbing is between 4 and 12%. It's not too bad at a slow 4 to 8 mph pace with a 28 chaining and an available 34 rear cog.

Riding down is serious with full attention required. I keep my eyes glued to the pavement and come to a full stop when enjoying the scenery. Keeping the rims and tires from overheating requires that I alternate the use of the front and rear brakes.
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Old 05-10-14, 07:54 AM   #34
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You lucky bugger.....I am so envious, that looks awesome and brings back many great memories when I was fortunate enough to bike in northern Italy and that/those approximate regions in europe....looks like a great area, I'll have to check it out on my maps.
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How are you finding out about the routes you are riding on?
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How are you finding out about the routes you are riding on?
I use Map My Ride to develop and map my own routes. Map My Ride includes a Google Earth "Fly By Video". This is found by clicking on the 3D icon on the Map My Ride map. This allows the viewer to fly over the route in 3D using software. It also provides "Street View" with enough detail to evaluate road quality.

http://www.mapmyride.com/it/amantea-...route-57295864

Another aid I use is to drop a pin at the half-way point on the route using the map and directions app on my iPhone. If I need directions while on the route, I can ask the app to map the route from my current location.

I could use this methodologies to plan rides in most of the scenic locations in Italy or any other Mediterranean region. Most of the rural roads are scenic and bike safe. My twenty-something year old daughter is planning a multi-day tour this summer. I'll combine reviews of touring routes from Crazy-Guy-on-a-Bike with Map My Ride to plan a route from somewhere near Munich to Vienna for her.
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I've merged the three ride reports into one thread.
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Thanks for the pics, growing up in southern France and southern Italy, I can relate to many of the roads traveled..
Enjoy... I don't get to return often enough but once college is done... Seriously contemplating at least a partial move back to the Menton Ventimiglia area...

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One last long ride into the mountains, I fly home in a few days.

Crystal clear air and 150 mile panoramas helped made today the best while in Italy;











This is the view from about 3700 ft above sea level looking north to Golfo di Policastro;







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Another two weeks of Cycling in Italy. More photos and videos to follow.

From Longobardi to Belmonte, Calabria Italy

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Oh man. Italy is the one country I'm really ready to go back to.
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Bravissimo! Che cosa bella.
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Must be refreshing to experience a different culture periodically.
Enjoy the riding and the food and the wine...
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This video is both shorter and more scenic;

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'you're not in southern Illinois anymore'

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No, Ill stay about 125 miles south of Amalfi. My routes have minimal traffic. Today I used a older coastal road that was the main north-south coastal road until about 1965. This road can be seen in the last 2 pictures in the first post. My routes follows the old road for the first 6 miles, and then I'll climb at a 5% to 10% rate for 4 or more miles. Today I came down a very steep and narrow one and a half lane road. It was steep, with a long string of 20% switchbacks, dropping about 1500 ft in 4 miles. I had to control my speed and eye movements or risk going over an Amalfi sized drop.
I wonder if anybody here ever considered Andy Hampsten's guided tours in Italy. Not that I could afford it but listening to some of the interviews with him on podcasts it sounds like fun. Obviously you seem to know your way around without the need for a guide.

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Beautiful scenery.

I love my annual holidays in Italy. It has it's problems but is a marvellous place.
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Trip of a lifetime. Well done!

Never made it that far south. Didn't realize it was so green.

I'm curious about your top tube bag. You don't end up kicking it or rubbing against it with your inner thighs? Surely you don't ride with your knees splayed out wide.
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Trip of a lifetime. Well done!

Never made it that far south. Didn't realize it was so green.

I'm curious about your top tube bag. You don't end up kicking it or rubbing against it with your inner thighs? Surely you don't ride with your knees splayed out wide.
Normally southern Italy is more brown than green in the second half of the year. This spring was wetter than normal with multiple rain storms every month. Calabria in southern Italy is cooler and gets more rain than most of coastal California, but the climate is similar.

I'm no longer using the bag in the picture. It was a low cost temporary solution. It didn't interfere, but I'm using a better fitting frame bag now.
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