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Day four: I Cyclisti Iconico

June 13, 2013

Superlatives can grate a bit around the LVG dinner table can’t they?

Tough. This was a truly epic day.

The iconic Gavia and Mortirolo climbs. A stunning descent from the Mortirolo that wound and then dropped for ever. A Gavia descent that was the scariest thing I’d ever ridden, though the acrobatic mountain goats and scenery were a distraction. Snow piled 15ft high on top of the Gavia. And Typo and Hans in a summit stand-off over ice down the back of a dry rain jacket that would have put budding T-Rexes to shame.

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The Gavia is something like a 25.5km climb. Very gradual ascent for the last few km but ramping to around 15% for the few previous km. The Mortirolo had a similar stretch near the top. Some 125km in all today, most of it hot.

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We said goodbye to Weeman and Hans, both heading home as Wardy did yesterday.

We did some cyclocross on the way in tonight and I caught some air from some kickers.

Bell to Textbook, largely for poor chain maintenance: his hallowed prize will be to carry it to the Madonna del Ghisallo tomorrow. Horn of shame to Deptford for wearing galoshes.

Onward to Como tomorrow, via a lake crossing and the sacred church of cycling.

Have honestly tried to upload pix but hotel wifi failing. More when feasible.

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