Europe 2002

This page provides links to stories and photographs from a number of bicycle rides over passes in the Italian Dolomites, Italian Alps and French Alps. The roads through the passes of these mountains hold a number of attractions for cyclists and geologists.  Many geological discoveries, perhaps especially in structural geology and tectonics, were made in the European Alps. In fact, a great deal of geological and mountain terminology comes from the region, including dolomite, Jurassic, alpine and others.  The roads are beautifully engineered and constructed to deal with the steep topography and abundant geologic hazards.  The steepness and duration of the climbs also is remarkable, and virtually unmatched in North America.  And last, but certainly not least to a fan of cycling, many epic battles of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, fought by the likes of Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Anquetil, Hinault, Lemond, and Armstrong have been played out on these cols and passi of France and Italy.

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The Rides

Pordoi - Fedaia, Italian Dolomites, 15 July

Trento, southern Dolomites, 16 July

Sella Ring, Dolomites, 17 July

Passo del Manghen,southern Dolomites, 18 July

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites, 20 July

Passo dello Stelvio, ItalianAlps, 22 July

Bormio rest day,Italian Alps, 23 July

Mortirolo - Gavia, Italian Alps, 24 July

Croix de Fer - Galibier, FrenchAlps, 28 July
l'Alpe d'Huez - les2 Alpes, French Alps, 30 July

Col de l'Izoard, French Alps, 1 August

Mont Ventoux, Provence, France, 3 August