Alps, July 2013
The annual ride into the Alps. This time we are a very international group. The core team consists of Paul from New York, Kevin from Connecticut, Hector from London and myself from Berlin. For parts of the tour we had Ralf from Georgia and Wolfgang from Augsburg with us and we met Jim and Susan from New Jersey in Arabba. While Paul, Kevin and Ralf flew into Munich and rented bikes there I had to go from Berlin to Munich in order to meet the guys there. Hector came with his bike from London. Jim and Sue went to Switzerland and made a trip over to Italy in order to meet us.
Paul found the hotel in Arabba and I took responsibility as road captain and planned all the rides we made.
We had a lot of fun, good Italian food, many amazing views and even more exciting roads.
I go from Berlin to Munich while Paul, Ralf and Kevin receive their rental bikes in Munich and have a little ride around. I meet them in the evening and we have a Bavarian dinner with Zwiebelrostbraten. Hector comes from London and stays overnight close to Munich.
We meet Hector and we start our ride to Arabba in Italy. Hotel Olympia will be our base for the week. We will do rides from there into all directions. The route brings us over spectacular passes: Timmelsjoch, Jaufenpass, Penser Joch, Ritten-Landstraße, Sellajoch and Pordoi Pass. Quite exhausting but also very exciting.
After the exhausting ride the day before we stay in the area and do an extended Sella eight going over all big passes of the Sella area
We are relaxed now and tackle the most remote target: Großglockner in Austria.
The Southern loop. A nice trip via Duran pass to Kaiserjägerstraße and Manghen Pass
The Eastern loop. We go to another very spectacular piece of road. Panoramica delle Vette (Monte Crostis). Very narrow, very steep, some sections are gravel road but stunning views in exchange.
Hector needs to return to Munich. So we do a Northern loop towards Sterzing via Penser Joch and then via Würzjoch and Furkelpass
Now I have to go home. While Paul and Kevin have another loop in the area I go directly to Berlin. A very exhausting trip but the weather is cooperating.