A long (too long?) post, and many photos, are coming, but until then, here’s the TLDR version of the trip.
Day 1, Sat 8/30. Van to Alleghe and warmup ride into the hills. 23 miles, 2,490 feet elevation gain.
Day 2, Sun 8/31. Passo Duran, Passo Staulanza. 45.8 miles, 6,050 feet.
Day 3, Mon 9/1. Sella Ronda (Passo Fedaia, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo). 59 miles, 8,850 feet.
Day 4, Tue 9/2. Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego, plus extra-credit ride to Passo Valparola, Passo Campolongo. 61.7 miles, 8,690 feet.
Wed, 9/3, rest day. Necessary.
Day 5, Thu 9/4, van to Castelbello, ride to Bormio hotel via Passo Stelvio. 45.9 miles, 7,280 feet.
Day 6, Fri 9/5, Passo Gavia. 31.3 miles, 5,700 feet.
Day 7, Sat 9/6, Passo Stelvio. 27 miles, 5,110 feet.
Day 8, Sun 9/7, small ride into hills, then van to Verona. 17 miles, 2,540 feet.
Trip total: 310.7 miles, 46,710 feet.*
I’d turn around and go do the whole trip again tomorrow if I could. It was difficult, beautiful, and fun, and the organization and support from Cinghiale was out of this world amazing.
*FYI, 100 feet elevation gain/mile is considered Officially Very Hilly. Even in hilly Seattle, I have to route plan to get as much climbing as that in. So, even taking into account that measuring elevation gain is an inexact science, this trip was day-in, day-out, kinda silly crazy on the climbing scale…