I have not had time to write about my exploits over in Fuiggi near Rome since my mountain climb as it has been non stop. A report on my third day with photos will appear as soon as I can find my card reader!
I came up to Cessenatico near Rimmini yesterday to stay at the www.hlungomare.com where I stayed last year and ride the Gran Fondo Pantanissimo today. I was not sure if I was entered into the Long (100 mile) or short (66 miles) version but was pleased to lear it was the short one as my legs are dead.
Not only did I climb 7408 on Friday, but also 3307 feet on Sunday. I knew today was going to be hilly but not as bad as it was. It all stated off quite hard. I was doing 25mph and struggling to hang on the back of 900 riders for the first 12 miles or so. Having completed the first climb of the day I was directed incorrectly 3km downhill by a marshal. It was not a happy climb back up I can tell you!
Having got back on course and after a few more climbs I descended a brutal hill with timing mats on the other side of the road and Pantani written on the road upside down. This could only mean one thing – we would have to come up it at some stage. Seeing the 14% gradient signs was not the most welcome sight in the world!
To cut a long story short I got up the 2.3 mile climb without walking and managed to get on the back of a gruppeto for the final 4 miles to the finish which was great as I had been riding by myself for most of the day at the back due to the mis-direction. I did 72 miles and climbed 6003 feet. That brings the total ascent in 3 days of cycling (over the past 4 days) to 18,000 feet and the mileage 161 miles.
Pretty happy with that!