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Venice to Geneva, Day 7: Biasca to Andermatt

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Venice to Geneva, Day 7: Biasca to Andermatt

Lukmanier Pass (1,915 m), Oberalppass (2,046 m) A hearty meal of salad, pizza and chips washed down with plenty of cool beer and sorbet the night before had set us up for another decent days’ worth of riding, day number 7 of our alpine adventure. A comfortable sleep in Biasca with an excellent buffet breakfast of bread, jam, toast, cereals, dried fruit all washed down with a few cups of good strong coffee had filled the tanks and after the customary half hour waiting around for Billy to get his act together we were all set and ready to go. View...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 6: Chiavenna to Biasca

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Venice to Geneva, Day 6: Chiavenna to Biasca

Passo dello Spluga (2115m), Passo del San Bernadino (2066m) After a long descent leading into Chiavenna the previous day I awoke feeling quite a bit more human than I had done most mornings. Although when I say that, it still wasn’t enough to get me to the breakfast table on time; more so an acceptance of the brutality I was putting my body through and a slight passing thought of “these stairs don’t hurt as much as yesterdays stairs”. Three helpings of cornflakes and toast later I was actually feeling quite chirpy. That was until Phil stopped me in my...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 4: Merano to Ponte de Legno

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Venice to Geneva, Day 4: Merano to Ponte de Legno

Passo dello Stelvio (2758 m) and Passo Gavia (2621 m) Our day began with breakfast and Timb requesting a bowl for his Coco Pops. The hotelier promptly provided a rather large antique bowl, which was possibly a bed-pan. Timb then proceeded to slowly fill the bowl with the entire box of Coco Pops, then stated matter-of-factly “I’m not even very hungry”. I nearly spat out my coffee. The first leg of today’s 146 km ride was a 50 km stretch of cycle path. This kicked off with a short section of hairpins leaving Merano followed by 50 kms of gentle incline to...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

Passo Giau (2236m), Passo Falzarego (2105m), Passo Pordoi (2239m) Passo Costalunga (1745m)   Waking up in the mountains for the first time on the trip put a bit of a spring in everyone’s step. Any remaining grappa-induced fuzziness was gone after an all-to-brief 4km descent to the bottom of the first climb of the day. Passo Giau is a tough but lovely and relatively short climb. The 10km climb averages 9.8% with peaks of 14% and is placed late on in the Maratona Dolomites which leads to it having a killer reputation. Although this was our first real 'high' mountain...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 2: Conegliano to Pescul

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Venice to Geneva, Day 2: Conegliano to Pescul

Passo San Boldo (706 m), Forcella Franche (990 m), Passo Duran (1601 m), Forcella Staulanza (1773 m)First day in the Dolomites and four mountains to contend with. First up was the Passo San Boldo, which at 706 m wasn’t particularly high, but was certainly one of the most interesting and picturesque. Our route up included 18 hairpins, 6 of which were hidden inside narrow one-way tunnels controlled by traffic lights. The red lights providing a welcome excuse to stop, have a rest and take photographs. We met a couple of Italian cyclists at the top who took a team photo for...

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