Pordoi - Fedaia Loop Ride - Day one in Canazei

We all arrived in Milano within 2 hours of each other, and after a modest adventure into central Milano so Mike could purchase train tickets, we were on our way to Canazei.  We arrived safe and sound, and settled into the Hotel Faloria with only the mixup of a double bed in leiu of 2 twins in each of our hotel rooms.  This mistake was alleviated by the 0.6 liter (18 ounce) pitcherS of espresso that they brought us with breakfast the next, and each, morning.  

The next morning we drank a great deal of delicious espresso con latte, assembled our bikes and headed off to ride the Passos di Pordoi and Fedaia.  The Giro often uses them in the order we rode them.  

 Sterling Schumacher

Sterling Schumacher at the wheel of our trusty Renault Master

hotel view

The view from  Hotel Faloria, were we stayed in Canazei.

Passo Pordoi

Ed, Fred, Sterling and Mike at our first passo.


Here we are refilling our water bottles at the town fountain in Rocca Pietore .


Fedaia gorge

The gorge at the entrance to the climb of the Fedaia.  The 17% section commences with the climb out of this ravine.

sterl on the fedaia

Sterl puttin' it to the Fedaia - or was it the Fedaia puttin' it to him.

mike on the fedaia

A Mike self-portrait on the 18% ramp of the Fedaia.  We were having FUN!

ed and fedaia tornante

The 17% torture ends when the road makes some tornante up a headwall.  That's Ed about to negotiate the first tornant.

Fred on the tornante

This is the view back down the switchbacks; Fred can be seen near the car.

sterl trash

The symbolism was too much to resist.  Sterling at the top of the Fedaia.

passo fedaia group shot

Sterling, Ed and Fred under the sign.

the marmolada

The Marmolada and its glacier just west of the Passo Fedaia.

view from the marmolada

The view of the road from across the reservoir.

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