Sunday July 4, 2004, 57 km (35 miles) – Total so far: 564 km (350 miles)
According to our map there are basically two routes from Alleghe to Cortina, both of which take you over high mountain passes. We stopped for a morning coffee (and an ice-cream) at Selva di Cadore where we asked a waiter which of the two mountain passes he would recommend for cycling over. He suggested the Passo di Giau, although our Italian wasn’t good enough to understand why!
Giau turned out to be a bit of a monster, a really tough climb that took far longer than we’d anticipated. It is used a lot in the Giro d’Italia and features in the Maratona dles Dolomites – one of the toughest cyclosportives in Europe. We found this stuff out afterwards!
By the time we reached the summit we were so exhausted it was difficult to really enjoy the fantastic descent through the forest to the famous ski town of Cortina. We were so exhausted it was difficult to really enjoy the fantastic descent through the forest to the famous ski town of Cortina.