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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 7, Bormio to Bergamo.

Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 7, Bormio to Bergamo.

108 miles. 11350 ft of climbing. Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2472029776   When Justin had the constructed the route, he had made the finish line at the town of Bergamo. Milan was only included in the itinerary due to availability and frequency of flights. We had the option of either cycling all the way to Milan, or to stop in Bergamo and then get some transport to the Milan airport. We had given ourselves a rest day/contingency day in order to cater for any unseen eventualities, so we had plenty of options. There was a rough outline on where we were aiming...

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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 6, Scuol to Bormio.

Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 6, Scuol to Bormio.

58 miles. 7600 ft of climbing. Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2472029438   Day 6 of the adventure, Salzburg seemed a lifetime ago. The penultimate day of such an epic adventure always brings a bag of mixed emotions. Certainly, you miss your loved ones back home, you are eager to once again hold them in your arms and to see the smiles upon their faces. Yet, there is a part of you which wishes for the dream not to end. That you may continue riding these wondrous mountains, continue living this dream into the foreseeable future. Breakfast was another feast; I filled my...

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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 5, Solden to Scuol.

Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 5, Solden to Scuol.

77 miles. 5800 ft of climbing. Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2472029348 We were living off of a beige diet, toast and cereals for breakfast. Pasta for lunch. Pizza and chips for dinner. Any snack was either peanuts or crisps. I was starting to feel unhealthy and had more than a slight fear that my teeth may begin to fall out, or my bones start to crumble through lack of decent vitamins and minerals. How happy I was to come down to the hotel restaurant in the morning to find a multicoloured display of fresh fruit laid out for breakfast. I think I...

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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 4, Brixen to Solden.

Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 4, Brixen to Solden.

76 miles. 12000 ft of climbing. Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2472029531    We had breakfast, the bikes were loaded up and we were out on the road for just after nine. By day four, we had turned into a well-oiled bike packing machine. Our ride began with a quick tour of Brixen old town before we joined a cycle path and headed northwards. The path followed the meandering river Isarco for a few miles, then as we crossed over a main road, we parted ways from the river and the tarmac/gravel surface turned into a soft carpet of pine needles. More suited...

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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 3, Huben to Brixen

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Salzburg to Milan 2019. Day 3, Huben to Brixen

85 miles. 11000 ft of climbing. Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2472029390 Breakfast at 8, lots of toast, lots of cereal, lots of coffee. There was a group of Czechoslovakian bodybuilders staying at the guesthouse, each one well over 6-foot-tall and probably weighing around 20 stone apiece, they were proper man mountains. We ate them under the table, a bottomless thirst and hunger upon us. The day was bright and warm. Not a cloud in the sky, perfect cycling weather. After the previous night’s poor sleep, I had managed to sleep well, and this morning felt fresh and ready for the day ahead....

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