The hardest thing about planning a roadtrip (other than choosing the destination) is getting the composition of the group. The feigned initial interest, the indecision, the narrowing down of riders and finally you have a solid group. The riders that choose to go then go on to have a gala of a time. And for the next roadtrip the cycle repeats itself. So much so I now have a set group of friends I count on. Like those on our Mallorca 2018 trip. Let's make the 2019 Alps trip great.
Still going strong, age is just a number.
Epoca Bikes sponsored rider @seonghoong races the classic way, on instinct. His RS99 is proving to be great weapon in delivering great results. 3rd in recent Tour Of Chiangrai
In a peloton full of younger riders.
Bravo Tsen Seong... 👏👏👏 #epoca_bikes#epocabikes#epoca#madeinitaly#racing
I have a strong affinity to the #Stelvio. My first experience climbing a major hors categorie climb was here on 21.10.2010. In late October, what was I thinking. Snow covered even before clearing the tree line. It was beyond cold, frozen to the bone, especially the fingers as I came unprepared without winter gloves. But I made it down Passo Umbrail and ascended via Prato. Downing 2 hot chocolates could not warm me up at the peak. The Italian cross country skiers at the peak called us loco. Which I took as a compliment. Like I was a hard man of cycling.
Ever since that day, I've ascended her a further 4 times. Only one of those had good weather. Yet I continue coming back. Each time bringing new friends to partake of the feast.
My love affair with the high mountains blossomed from there, as you can see from the other cols I've ascended. Each with their own nuances and character. But it all traces back to the mythical one. So to commemorate my 1k post, I thought I'll go back to the climb where it all started. From our roadtrip in September this year.