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Old 04-25-07, 10:12 AM
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Who's excited about the Giro!

I can't wait for the Giro to start! Even if Basso's out, I think it'll be super exciting. They've set up a really cool race this year and it looks much tougher than the TDF. I think, for me, Cunego's the favorite (assuming no Basso). Discovery's out with Popyvich their Basso replacement. While Cunego does have to deal with two former two-time Giro winners (Simoni and Savoldelli), both are 34 yrs old and 36 and I think Cunego has a better support team. Plus Cunego won at age 22 and is now, at 25, entering his prime.

The stage I'm most excited about will be stage 17, where they hit the Zoncolan! Check out this profile:


TWO gradients above 20% and three of 18% or higher! That mountain's going to knock out a lot of riders.
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Old 04-25-07, 10:15 AM
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Jesus christ, now thats a climb that will make you passout.

Definatly going to blow the field to pieces.
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Old 04-25-07, 10:16 AM
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Christ. 15% average over 6km?

That's brutal.
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Old 04-25-07, 10:21 AM
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That's just unreal!

Even worse, they're hitting that thing after 135km of racing
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Old 04-25-07, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
That's just unreal!

Even worse, they're hitting that thing after 135km of racing
After a good blood transfusion that'll feel like a warmup to those guys
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Old 04-25-07, 10:27 AM
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even though this isn't the last climb of the day, i'm curious to see how fast the pros go up this



to give you an idea as to how fast a disgraced, former pro went up it: raimundas rumsas climbed it in just over 33 minutes last year, where as a mortal such as myself needed 57 minutes to climb it (fwiw i wasn't racing, rumsas was ).
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Old 04-25-07, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
even though this isn't the last climb of the day, i'm curious to see how fast the pros go up this



to give you an idea as to how fast a disgraced, former pro went up it: raimundas rumsas climbed it in just over 33 minutes last year, where as a mortal such as myself needed 57 minutes to climb it (fwiw i wasn't racing, rumsas was ).
57 minutes? I'd need two days and bottled oxygen.
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
57 minutes? I'd need two days and bottled oxygen.
i doubt it. i'm far, far, far from the best climber in the world.
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Old 04-25-07, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97
Christ. 15% average over 6km?

That's brutal.
Yeah, but seeing that those numbers are in kilometers, when you convert it to U.S. measurments, it's only 3.6 miles and about a 10% grade... tough but still manageable.
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There's a climb around here that's 2 miles at 12.5%, pretty ridiculous...I can't even imagine 15% for nearly twice as long.
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Originally Posted by botto
i doubt it. i'm far, far, far from the best climber in the world.
Well maybe not two days, but I don't exacly dance on the pedals or climb like an angel either. The problem is that there's nothing around here to compare it to. So I have no idea.
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Originally Posted by joshalope
Yeah, but seeing that those numbers are in kilometers, when you convert it to U.S. measurments, it's only 3.6 miles and about a 10% grade... tough but still manageable.
Actually it's a 10.1K climb at an average of 12%. A mile is .62137 kilometers, so at 10.1 K, that's basically 6.2 miles.

A 6.2 mile, 12% climb is brutal by itself but after riding 135 kilometers (84 miles), it's a killer.

NOTE TO BOTTO: Are you sure you didn't climb the other side of Zoncolan? Still tough but not quite this crazy. I'm just surprised if you can go up this thing at 6.3 mph for the entire 6.27 miles with sections at 20%+ and an avg. of 12%. If so, you ARE an incredible cyclist.

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Originally Posted by joshalope
Yeah, but seeing that those numbers are in kilometers, when you convert it to U.S. measurments, it's only 3.6 miles and about a 10% grade... tough but still manageable.


Kilometers to miles gradient conversion - PRICELESS!
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Old 04-25-07, 11:16 AM
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On a side note, Ill be in stockholm late may, and my roomates are studying in rome throughout the summer. Plan is to fly to rome hang out with my roomates then see the final stage of the giro. June 3rd.
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Giro is my favorite GT, cant wait! The Zoncolan climb looks ridiculous, almost too much so to be appropriate for a race - I'll bet the peleton is hoping for a snow day to cancel that climb. I think the smart money is on Cunego, but then again, I'm a fan so I'm biased. I loved watching him ride away from Gibo a few years ago.
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Old 04-25-07, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by recneps
On a side note, Ill be in stockholm late may, and my roomates are studying in rome throughout the summer. Plan is to fly to rome hang out with my roomates then see the final stage of the giro. June 3rd.
I wish. Could you cover my airfare?
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I wish. Could you cover my airfare?
I'll cover your airfare if you cover my new BMC Time Machine
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Old 04-25-07, 01:03 PM
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I'll cover your airfare if you cover my new BMC Time Machine
Sure. What would you like it covered with? newspaper, wrapping paper...?
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Sure. What would you like it covered with? newspaper, wrapping paper...?
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Kilometers to miles gradient conversion - PRICELESS!
I'm so glad somebody else noticed that!
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LMAO, didn't see that one coming! Nicely played.

So how will you be following the giro this year (since the adobe tracker won't be)?
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Lots o' switchbacks, too. These guys definitely have snazzy topo software.



So at the risk of making my knees ache even more.... What kind of gearing are those guys likely to use for a stage like that?
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What kind of gearing are those guys likely to use for a stage like that?
That all depends on which of the Compact v Triple threads they've been following in the Roadie forum...
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Originally Posted by donrhummy
Actually it's a 10.1K climb at an average of 12%. A mile is .62137 kilometers, so at 10.1 K, that's basically 6.2 miles.

A 6.2 mile, 12% climb is brutal by itself but after riding 135 kilometers (84 miles), it's a killer.

NOTE TO BOTTO: Are you sure you didn't climb the other side of Zoncolan? Still tough but not quite this crazy. I'm just surprised if you can go up this thing at 6.3 mph for the entire 6.27 miles with sections at 20%+ and an avg. of 12%. If so, you ARE an incredible cyclist.
i'm referring to the Giau, not the Zoncolan.

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