I enjoyed starting on a descent, as the legs needed some warming up. A nice climb to St Peter next, with a steep start, but it mellows a little and is only 180 meters of vertical. After St Peter, an incredible road kind of contouring / descending through a couple of small towns to Laion. After Laion, a pretty serious descent to the valley floor. Again, beautiful roads and scenery everywhere. My research worked well, and I found all the connecting roads with no mistakes, starting what would be the most difficult part of the day. The map warns of a stretch of 17% climbing to Castelrotto, and it was there. I did put the garmin on the screen that shows % climbing, and with the exception of the 17% piece, it really stayed between 10 to 12% for around 800 meters of climbing. Glad I picked something like this for my "recovery". Castelrotto is a beautiful town, and at this point you are close to where some of the Dolomiti formations rise.
A little descent from Castelrotto, then a climb through a postcard town called St Michael, to the passo Pinone. An excellent final descent to Ortisei, then the climb to Santa Christina, which per above was repeated later. I turned off the garmin and did not use it for the second climb, so add some for the final total. Tomorrow I will be hiking, but I totally loved the riding here. You have to want to climb and enjoy it, but I fit that description. I can't say enough about how cool the riding was. Hopefully I will do the Maratona de Dolomiti next June. Ride summary: 31.8 miles in 2:52 for an average speed of 11.1 mph with 4780 vertical feet (34 miles and 5500 with the second trip to Santa Christina) at an average temperature of 82.
Day 3 in Dolomiti - Recovery ride? by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
A rainbow from the deck at our room last night.
A view to the dolomiti from the St. Peter area.
Approaching Laion, starting the descent to
the valley floor.
The dolomiti were in some haze with relatively high
humidity today. Still, I give this a Wow!