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As the road season was coming to a close, a group of riders from Seattle decided to go and ride the Rebecca's Private Idaho (RPI) in Ketchum, Idaho. I love this place so much. I actually lived in Ketchum back in 1997 where I learnt to bike race. So it was great to go back to my old stomping grounds we a great group of friends to ride some gravel. I definitely wasn't in form as I had come off my bike 6 weeks earlier at 35 mph and broke 6 ribs. So my preparation was not very good to...
After two big days in Bormio, it was time to venture over to the other side of the mountains to Badia area where the Maratona Gran Fondo was being held. Upon arrival to our amazing place in LaVilla, we also were very lucky to get a custom kit made up for the special week from the Castelli Italy folks. The Neon Blue kit really stands out. We did three days of riding in Badia area. Day three was around the Sella Ronde. Another set of famous climbs. I had ridden this in previous years at the 2012 Giro, so I...
After riding 11,000 feet on the Stelvio Pass, I wanted the guys to see another famous pass that is used in the Giro d'Italia... this time it was Gavia Pass from the Bormio side. Our legs were tired from the day before, but no one really wanted to do a short ride.
We finally made it, this trip has been on the plans for nearly a year. 10 Audi riders ventured to northern Italy to ride the Dolomites and participate in the Maratona Gran Fondo. We flew from Seattle to Zurich via Iceland. Picked up our two vans. One to carry the bikes and one to carry the rest of us. We ventured 5 hours by car to the beautiful Stelvio Pass. I had been here before and stayed this amazing Bagni Vecchi Hotel at the base of Stelvio Pass. I wanted the guys to all see this place in person. Hot...