Some Races in the Dolomites
Medio Fondo 98Km 2,900 m climb
Admittedly on a road bike but for me it nearly ended as a hill run due to wrapping
the rear changer in the wheel on starting the last of four passes, the Marmalada,
900 m climb with parts of 1 in 6. Managed to persuade a Mavic service car to
loan me a bike in real Tour style but this was geared for a flat stage so I
could only just get the peddles round even out of the saddle!.Lost an hour
to finish in 6 hours but still within the 7 hour limit. Getting back to the
start without a bike was another story!. Glad I hadn’t signed up for the Grand
Fondo with two further passes as in the main Dolomites stage of the Giro.
Stava Sky Race 21.5Km 2125m climb
Definitely a running race as shown by the blisters at the finish, probably due to this being my first race since a miserable run in the Edinburgh half marathon in March. Great climbs along foot tracks and marvellous vistas from the tops then a never- ending descent, much on tracks with treacherous tree roots. 3hrs:21 for 83rd of 126 finishers and honourable mention as the oldest entry.
PianTrevisian to Rifugio Pian dei Fiacon 6.5Km 1000m climb
Thankfully uphill only except for some undulations across the snow at the base
of the Marmalada glacier. Difficult to get traction on the steep moraine even
with studs there being no vegetation to grab. Finished 3 in 1hr:12 for 69th of
140, 3 minutes slower than last year but won the prize for oldest by some margin.
Sky Race, Canazei 22Km 2000m climb
Now part of the Dolomiti Sky Games, four races in four days:-.an MTB/HillRun
duathalon, a vertical Km run, a 100m climb sprint, then the Sky Race. One was
enough for me!., Finished in 3hr:23.for 337th of 550. Ron Jebb was fourth in
all four and fourth overall after an injury the week before and the FRA won the
team award. Must have been a good day as an Italian woman broke Angela’s record
by a few seconds. The record for the 100m sprint climb up a 45% gradient was
reduced to 1 minute 52 sec giving a climbing rate of 10,500 ft/hr! .