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 at the wheel of our trusty Renault Master
The view from Hotel Faloria, were we stayed in Canazei.
Ed, Fred, Sterling and Mike at our first passo.
Here we are refilling our water bottles at the town fountain in Rocca Pietore
The gorge at the entrance to the climb of the Fedaia. The
17% section commences with the climb out of this ravine.
Sterl puttin' it to the Fedaia - or was it the Fedaia puttin' it
A Mike self-portrait on the 18% ramp of the Fedaia. We were
The 17% torture ends when the road makes some tornante up a headwall.
That's Ed about to negotiate the first tornant.
This is the view back down the switchbacks; Fred can be seen near
The symbolism was too much to resist. Sterling at the top
of the Fedaia.
Sterling, Ed and Fred under the sign.
The Marmolada and its glacier just west of the Passo Fedaia.
The view of the road from across the reservoir.
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