Over a lifetime of cycling the roads of our sport, a few stand out: the fun ones, the beautiful ones, and the brutal ones - where you suffer like you never knew possible. Riding your bike up the Mortirolo in Northern Italy is all three, and ranks up there with the Stelvio and Gavia as epic climbs one must do.
Deep in the heart of the Italian Alps, Bormio with its 4,100 inhabitants is situated in the middle of the Stelvio National Park.
Alberto Contador today (Sunday) completed the 'Rhxdue.com' with climbing the Mortirolo, second stage of this cycling event, organized in Italy by the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia to promote the sport of cycling in one of the most spectacular areas of the Alps.
Roadside St. 19: That was one hard stage. The kind that conjures up long lists of Rainman-like repeated swear words in your head as you grind and grapple your way over the kind of super-hard climbs only the Giro serves up. At least it was for me as I rode the final 85 kms of today’s corsa…
The first fourteen stages of the 2010 Giro d'Italia are going to be the standard, delicious Giro fare. The final final seven days are going to be the stuff of exquisite cuisine, of the likes we'll be making mention of for years to come. PEZ takes a closer look at the decisive final week centered around the northern reaches of Italy.
In Italian we say “Un mazzo cosм!” that can be translated “So mazzo!” to mean you have to sweat a lot for doing something. This “mazzo” is a slang word coming from a card game and gives the idea of the suffering, of the difficulties. Certainly anyone who rode the Mortirolo knows the meaning of “mazzo”.
We saved the biggest day for last, and today was E P I C. We rode over the Passo Gavi AND the Mortirolo, and survived. After 7 hours, over 3 hours of climbing, 110km, and some serious pain, I can say that was one of the best rides ever… check this out…