After 5 weeks of long exhausting hours working for the Federal Election I am now over fat and under fit. A somewhat extreme example of the long hours is that on the last day of pre-polling I worked from 0730 until 23:45 and then started work the next day ... election day.... at 0700, finishing that day at 2230! The end result was only 1 day on the bike in those 5 weeks...BUT I didn't get sick. No touristy type places this year..just loads of training in an effort to be fit enough not to get dropped in the neutral part of the races in Austria!
This year's itinerary is firstly in Italy..and all in the north of the country...
Feltre is again our hub and we are super grateful to Isabella and Silvio, our hosts there who have kindly allowed us to leave our extra stuff in their garage since last September.
I look forward to riding these particular roads again ( both photos borrowed from FB):
After staying in Feltre for a while..well actually Mellame a very small village waaay above Feltre, our first stop is a return to Castello Cabiaglio in the Varese area.
We're staying at the same place as last year which will allow me to return the scissors I managed to walk off with!
Then we travel north and east to Brentonico, south of Trento a small town on the plateau above lake Garda..hopefully I'll learn where to place the accent on the place name..BrentONico or BrentoNIco..I suspect the former although even my Italian teacher wasn't sure,
Then a bit further north to Kurtinig an der Weinstrasse, which is again a very small town, hopefully within reach of some decent rides, followed by Bressanone AKA Brixen , then into the Dolomiti firstly to Colfosco AKA Calfosch(Ladin) and Kolfuschg (German) and finally Moena (Moena/Moyen) before returning briefly to Feltre to pick up bike boxes etc.
Then into the serious part of the hols... Hartberg for racing , Budapest 'cos we have a few spare days, Sankt Johann in Tirol for racing and finally Oudenaarde to ride the roads of the cobbled classics and also to visit WW1 sites and monuments...we've been there before but have decided a re-visit would be worthwhile.
This year since I'm not taking my time trial bike we have a fair amount of luggage allowance to play with..we've just got to make sure we don't get tempted and pack the kitchen sink!
I'm leaving on a jet plane....will I manage a points upgrade again??