Raid of The Dolomites - a few snapshots

The Raid is done. Kaput. Finito.

It is hard to summarise the experiences from a 9 day ride into a blogpost. Far too much content occurs in the frame by frame memories burned into the brain's cortex by the lactic acidosis to be able to put it down on paper. I finally understand why they sang "Route 66" instead of writing the book.

Here's a quick snapshot: 1,200km's from Lake Geneva to Trieste along the frilly top of Italy's boot over the Alps and Dolomites. Four countries (France, Switzerland, Italy and a border sighting of Slovenia). 9 days. 133k's average a day. 21,000m of climbing. 40 cols. 20 riders. 2 support vehicles. 1 tub of shammy cream. One Train of Pain.

Gary, Rich, RobbyRicc, Vervie and Nick The Destroyer

San Bernardino and the aftermath

Chris (The Pistol from Bristol), RR and Vervie

The Splurgen fettucini

The Maloja (literally translated, and rightly so, as the Evil Eye)

Cleat petite

Assault of the Stelvio

The Stelvio has assaulted

Cima Coppi with Rich the Wright

Coppi Country

The start of the 70k Stelvio descent

Gary and the smoke from the Dolomites

Fausti monument on his favourite climb, Passo de Pordoi

Aqua aerobics for recovery

Climbers on the Valparola

The obligatory pic with the Swedish biker

Passo di Giau

The horse whisperers

Vervie's battle with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

GQ Magazine

Tunnel next to the lake

Train of Pain

Illegal celebratory swimming

Blue Steel