Dolomites 2015, the short version

Sure, it’s been a little while (fewer than 50 days is just a a little while, right?) since I got back from biking the the Dolomites with Cinghiale for the second time. But have no fear, I still plan to write my usual series of could-use-some-editing, overlong posts. Better late than never!

But first the summary post.

Really quick summary of how the trip went: I want to do it all over again next year.

I want to go back here

Slightly longer summary:

Day 0, Fri 8/28. A day on my own in Venice.. Galleria dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, lots of walking, met some folks also on the Cinghiale trip who said “you’re the blog lady!” Enjoyed beautiful, quiet streets in peak tourist season by staying away from tourist centers. (Proof in my Venice photos.)

Day 1, Sat 8/29. Drive to Alleghe, then a warm up ride up into the hills. 23 miles, 2,450 feet elevation gain.

Day 2, Sun 8/30. Passo Duran, Passo Staulanza. 44 miles, 6,100 feet.

Day 3, Mon 8/31. Sella Ronda day, this year without wind! Rode the whole Fedaia climb! Passo Fedaia, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo. 60 miles, 8,150 feet.

The Serrai di Sottoguda before the Passo Fedaia, where last year I thought to myself “sign me up for next year.”

Day 4, Tue 9/1. Passo Giau and Falzarego. 41 miles, 6,150 feet.

Day 5, Wed 9/2. Transfer day, Passo Falzarego and Valparola into next hotel in Alta Badia. 26.3 miles, 4,100 feet.

Thu 9/3. Rest day, HOORAY!!!!

Day 6, Fri 9/4. Queen stage, Passo delle Erbe loop. 67.5 miles, 9,700 feet.

Partway through Passo delle Erbe day. Wore the Molteni jersey to be sure not to wimp out on one of the hardest rides I’ve ever done.

Day 7, Sat 9/5. Rain ride for those still upright after Friday. Down the valley, up some hills. 15.5 miles, 2,300 feet.

Day 8, Sun 9/6. Beautiful ride between two mountain ridges. 40 miles, 2,950 feet.

Not a bad way to close out the trip!

Trip total: 317 miles, 42,000 feet. Give or take a bit.