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.