Monday, July 7, 2014

Dolomites: The Maratona dles Dolomites

Two days of easy riding around the magnificent countryside that is the Dolomites....leading up to Sunday's grand finale: The Maratona dles Dolomites.

The Maratona expo village is a must see for any cycling tragic.

Local main street. It's still very rural in these parts.

Some may recall Captain America Ben from the Pyrenees trip.
I think he's here celebrating July 4. 

Male Italian cyclists are not easily distracted it seems.

The Maratona race dossard includes the flag of the nationality of the rider which is a nice touch.
 Of the 9000 riders (30,000 apply to ride each year) half the places are reserved for non-Italians.
This year there was 44 Aussies and 4 Kiwis...including Stuart.

The post ride pasta and beer fest held in the local ice rink.

The race was an excellent and well organised event. 
We all finished, and NO casualties. A perfect day out.

Today marks the last day of European riding for most of us.
A total of some 1650 km and 33,000m of climbing over the last three weeks.

About as good as it gets.

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