Wheelers in the Dolomites, day 2.

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Day 2: Friday 5th July
The day’s ride was discussed over breakfast with a rather adventurous ride encompassing, amongst others, the dreaded Passo de Giau – a behemoth of a climb that is nearly 10 km in long with an average gradient of 9.6%. This mountain is included in the long route of the Maratona, but with rain forecast for Sunday, the consensus were not planning on tackling anything longer than the medium route.
Nick drove the crew to halfway up the Valparola – something that we were all grateful for as us the remaining climb was a long slog in itself and prompted a few dissenters to say that perhaps the Giau needn’t be tackled after all, but in the end, everyone was all in.
The descent down the Falzarego was tackled and then a long, fast run along the valley ensued, before a nasty few km of sapping uphill roads gave the legs a test before the Giau. Everyone took off their rain/wind jackets at the bottom before the climb and then we were greeted with an instant 10%+ section that was hardly a nice starter, but this is no pleasant climb. The same pecking order quickly established itself as yesterday with Nick managing to ascend this monster in a fantastic 53 minutes – for reference, Egan Bernal managed 35 minutes when he won the Giro a few years ago. Steve also managed a sub-hour ride with Dave and myself a few minutes following. Somehow, Rebecca managed the climb without any mileage in her legs – the word ‘plucky’ comes to mind when she tackles any endurance event. Not many people would be able to do this as it is very mentally challenging.
Things went slightly awry at the summit of the Giau with Dave carrying on and tackling the descent of the other side of the Giau and continuing up the Falzarego and Valparola and on to the van. Nick, Steve and myself were looking around for him, unaware that he was long gone!
The rest went down the descent a while later and at the start of the Falzarego, Nick suddenly had to make an emergency visit to the nearest Hotel to inspect their plumbing and it was a possibility that Steve would have to ride on to collect the van and pick him up, but thankfully he was okay to continue!
Eventually, we arrived at the van to find Dave sunning himself and rather bored. 
Everyone agreed, it was another great day of cycling with 7500 feet of climbing and we drove home, looking forward to another sumptuous dinner!
Rider of Day: Dave Greenwood for scattering his Dad’s ashes on all of the peaks.

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  1. Phil
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    Awesome guys

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