Our first day of rain greeted us for day one in the dolimites. Too much for some, only eight riders set off to tackle the mighty sella ronda. The first two passes (we traveled anti-clockwise from Arabba) were wet and a little cold, not much was seen at the summits of the passos Campalongo and Gardena. However as we desended Gardena and started to climb the slightly steeper passo Sella, the clouds began to clear, revealing some dramatic views of the incredible Sella tower. After descending the passo Sella and with the weather on the improve, we decided to head down to Canazei in order to tackle the full climb of the famous passo Pordoi.
After 13km of climbing, stunning views and a wonderfully consistent and flowing climb, we all reached the summit justifiably proud of the achievement. Somehow we had packed almost 2,700m of climbing into just 65km, even without a Strava elevation correction, all in all an incredible day on the bike.
Brian Bubba Cooke
Exercise Physiologist, coach & cycling tragic for 30 years. Love the freedom, reward and sense of achievement that one can only experience in our amazing sport.