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May 29th 2010
Published: May 29th 2010
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View from the valley floor to the summit of the Mortirolo
Saturday morning opened with the best weather to date since Brunico and the east coast, with the prospect of high clouds, easy breeze, and the hope that we will complete all ride proposals for the group. Some people are going to do the Gavia as they missed getting to the top, others are going to do an easy ride through the valley with a stop for coffee and then return to the hotel for lunch before watching the race return through Bormio. Eight of the rest, which includes Steve Cunningham, are going to ride the 30K down the valley to the base of the Mortirolo and then climb to the summit before descending to the bus for a trip back to the hotel. The Mortirolo featured in the Friday stage and consists of a single car width road with 33 switch-backs, maximum gradient of 18%, average of 10.3% and 1315M of climbing from valley floor to summit.(More like a goat track)
We left the hotel about 0845 and rode through town and on the first part of the Giro stage from Bormio to the base of the climb. Downhill nearly all the way and with an ex-pro on the front, the
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Memorial to Marco Pantani at turn 11 on ascent to summit. First rider over top in Giro receives a special trophy
pace was a cracker to our starting town. The first part of the climb started at 8 - 8.5% and then varied from about 6% on the easy bits up to a maximum of 18% for a section of about 200M, all the while twisting and turning with no relief or easy bits. The 6% was an easy bit compared to the rest. The road does not go down in any section until you reach the summit, even the switch-backs have a gradient so when you stop for a photo: eg. at Marco Pantani’s memorial at turn 11, it makes it hard to get your cleat hooked in without effort. The entire group eventually reached the summit and we took photos for evidence and on reflection, I actually felt better on this climb than expected. Perhaps it was the talk of doom and gloom about the climb amongst the other people who had driven it and described the ride. After donning arm warmers, long gloves and vests we had a great descent, even though at times it was fairly technical with tight turns, rough and skinny roads and vehicles coming the other way that seemed to fill the road before
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Proof that a Mt. Gambier kit and rider have got to the top of the Mortirolo
moving to give us some room to get past. The bus took us back to the hotel in Bormio, but we missed the start of the stage from town, so time for a shower, lunch and then find a viewing spot to watch the race come back through Bormio before they climb the Gavia. Back to hotel to watch the climb of the Gavia and the technical descent, which we climbed 2 years ago, and to see Cadel attack near the end and finish 2nd to seal the sprinter’s jersey.
Slight bit of rain on top of Mortirolo, but weather has remained dry but cool so with an ounce of luck, we will get through the tour without getting wet.

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View from descent

The view from the descent of the Mortirolo into the valley is spectacular. This is what you find from all mountain views

Tot: 1.376s; Tpl: 0.015s; cc: 6; qc: 44; dbt: 0.0096s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.3mb