are sometimes smooth and silky, and other times tired and tight.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Giromania hits the Mortirolo

Hard to believe that three weeks ago the Giro was below sea level. Since then, much has happened, and just as it's heating up, it's beginning to wind down. Only 3 more stages to go.

With a mere 42 seconds separating the top favorites of Evans and Basso (and they're not even in the lead) today's ascent of the lesser known (but trust me: hard as hell) Santa Cristina, followed by the gruesomely grueling Mortirolo... well, it's going to be fun to watch.

To whet your appetites, here's some views, taken two years ago, when I was in the area for the Gran Fondo Marco Pantani.

Before ascending the Mortirolo, the peloton will pass through scenic downtown Mazzo di Valtellina.

The fun begins.

Before the hard part begins.

Not a climb for people with vertigo.

Close to the Pantani monument.

The monument.

After the monument the road 'flattens' to a mere 9-10%, then the trees clear.

At last, after 1300 Meters of climbing, they hit the top.

Enjoy the view.

Then begin the descent down to Edolo.

From there they make the final push, uphill, to the finish in Aprica.

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