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20th Maratona dles Dolomites ***modem burner***

Old 07-05-06, 03:39 AM
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20th Maratona dles Dolomites ***modem burner***

Just back from my second ride of the Maratona dles Dolomites.

In case you don't know of the Maratona, it's a Gran Fondo, around Alta Badia, in Südtirol, in the North East of Italy. An amazingly beautiful place.

Over 8,000 riders from all over the world take part, and the Maratona is even broadcast live on Rai3.

You can choose from 3 distances: 55km; 106km; or 138km. All three go over the Passo Campalongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena. The main challenge on the 138 KM ride is the Passo Giau, which is a leg breaker. An hour long suffer fest at +/-10km with an average grade of 9.3%.

We drove down on Friday, from outside of Nurenberg, where I was visiting a friend and his family. Once we crossed the Italian border we were within sniffing distance of our destination.

I could tell we were close when I started spotting cyclists on the road



After an hour of snaking up a mountain road (the same used by the peleton on the aborted-Kronneplatz stage in the Giro this year) we arrived.



We picked up our numbers and checked out the expo village.

Here's the 3 courses.



The Italian army helped with the traffic



Here's the Expo



For you Pinarello lovers, here's their stand








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***part 2***

We checked into our hotel, and took the bikes out for a spin.

Here's a shot from the Campalongo, which is the first climb of the day.



Here's a shot of a stretch of road leading to the finish (two days before the ride)




Here's what I was riding



On Sunday, the fun began. Up at 4:45 to get dressed, have breakfast, and ride down to the start. You had to be there by 5:55. My group managed to get started around 6:30. Arm + Knee warmers as well as a vest were a good idea, it was around 6° C in the morning.

Once we got started it was rush hour for the first hour to hour and a half. Not a surprise considering over 8,000 cyclists were there.

Here's it starting to open up.



Here's a view looking down



So, after 6:28 over 9 climbs with a total of over 4,000 meters of elevation I was done. The winner's time (there were 30 'elite' riders competing) was around 4:20. Raimundas Rumsas was 2nd.

A beer and a sausage, and then we had to ride 7 kms back up hill to our hotel.



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And I think I am lucky riding here in Vermont...WOW!!
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Awesome looking ride and fantastic pictures Botto!

You are one hella lucky guy to beable to ride that
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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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AWESOME Photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the images!
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I am starting to like the moutain background with the clear blue sky for bike pics over the white paneled garage door. I guess I could paint that image on my garage door for a similar effect.
Those pics are awesome!!!!. I only hope someday to do that kind of ride.
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Great Pics. I lived near Nurnberg for 3 years, in a little town called Illesheim. Alas, I had not been born again at that time and didn't ride. I still kick myself for missing out.
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
You are one hella lucky guy to beable to ride that
there's no rules saying that canadians can't do it! one of the guys on my 'team' is from edmonton

registration starts here in early october
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Originally Posted by Gomez308
Great Pics. I lived near Nurnberg for 3 years, in a little town called Illesheim. Alas, I had not been born again at that time and didn't ride. I still kick myself for missing out.
i was in Herzogenaurach, where Adidas & Puma are based, as well as the Argentinian National Football Team during their World Cup campaign.

Some very good riding in the area, and the weather is great at this time of year.
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Unreal photos and as for this....."So, after 6:28 over 9 climbs with a total of over 4,000 meters of elevation I was done"

LOL, I climbed 4 miles of 1700 feet yesterday and I was REALLY done.

Wow, I really suck.

Thanks for sharing, those mountains are stunning.
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Beautiful... words cannot describe the amount of jealousy I'm feeling right now. Actually, that's not true, the word 'bitter' comes to mind
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Awesome photos and ride! Thanks a million for sharing a little piece of heaven...
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oh great.... a hot, muggy monday morning at the office and i have to see a thread like this....

<tapping heels of shoes together three times>

i wish i was there, i wish i was there, i wish i was there....
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awesome pics, thanks for sharing

i really like the looks of that pinarello

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funny. when i passed a friend on the pordoi, he said 'botto, you're not in kansas anymore'

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oh great.... a hot, muggy monday morning at the office and i have to see a thread like this....

<tapping heels of shoes together three times>

i wish i was there, i wish i was there, i wish i was there....
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Further evidence my zipcode sucks. I'll be there next year--without a bike of any sort. Great pics.
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Originally Posted by CastIron
Further evidence my zipcode sucks. I'll be there next year--without a bike of any sort. Great pics.
why no bike? going there to ski?
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Wow! Thanks for posting, great photos.
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Originally Posted by botto
there's no rules saying that canadians can't do it! one of the guys on my 'team' is from edmonton

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Thanks for the link.... While you are right, it's just easier logistically for you to ride it
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Sweet...! thanks for sharing...
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
Thanks for the link.... While you are right, it's just easier logistically for you to ride it
hold off on buying a few assos jeresies and atmos helmets it's worth every penny
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Some years ago there was an article titled "Italy's Alpine Monsters" in Bicycle Guide. I read the story of the author touring the Dolomities over and over. Those mountains just have a certain facination about them.
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