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PEZ Hits Giro!

Okay – we ride the Stelvio Friday – see you in Bormio for breakfast. • If you’re reading this on Tuesday – then I’m enroute to Milano – destination Giro d’Italia !!! It’s been a few years since my last trip to my fave Grand Tour, but with hopes of fatherhood in ’06, Mrs. Pez offered 100% support.

The next two weeks will be big for two reasons:
1. The best part of the Giro always comes in the last two weeks.
2. I’ll be right in the thick of the action!

JOIN PEZ On The STELVIO – Friday May 22

Who’s With Me!!
No sooner do I touch down in Milano on Wednesday, than I’m off to Bormio (after the requisite night out with our old pal Dunc of course). A warmup ride Thursday afternoon should set me up nicely for the big ‘un: the Stelvio on Friday – and guess what – you’re invited!

I’ll be rolling outta Bormio on Friday AM – after a nutritious Italian breakfast of cappuccino and brioches (note to self: better pack a couple extra power bars), and setting off to fully appreciate what a day of climbing the 48 (?) switchbacks and 60ish uphill kms can really do to a man and his boys… Sounds like fun – You bet! – Just look for the guy in the PEZ-kit on the Phonak BMC, listening to the 80’s mix on the ipod.

The weather can change fast up there – so I’m packing the woolies just in case.

The Hits Just Keep On Comin’!
There’s no telling how long the 120 or so kms ride will take, so I figured I’d do it a few days ahead of the race. Assuming all goes well, I’ll be back in time to get to the Passo Sella to see the race go by on stage 13, then bomb back down to Ortisei for the finish – and pick up the press pass. I should be due for some complimentary Italian wine and “formaggio” in the media tent by then.

The case is packed and ready to go.

Day 4 should find me ankle-deep in espresso in the Stage 14 start village at Egna, and fear not – I’m taking extra memory for the digi-cam to just in case I spy any Italian Distractions…

Then it’s a little Italian-style rally driving as I bolt back to the Milan area for three days – which will include a ride around Lake Como and up to the Madonna di Ghisallo, hooking up with a team or two on rest day – and I’ve even been confirmed for an interview with Cunego and Simoni.

If you’re anywhere near the Lakes – you gotta ride the climb to the Madonna di Ghisallo. This ride is heaven on earth.

After the start of Stage 16 on May 25 – it’s down to the glorious Mediterranean for the stage finish, and an all-I-can-eat seafood feast – luckily the Italian version is about as different from our homegrown chowlines as you could hope.

Stage 17 on May 26 should find myself and any of the Pez-Crew I’ve either picked up or deputized slogging our way up the finish slopes of the climb to la Tenda. But that’s just a warm up for our week-ending epic doing the final loop around Sestriere and over the down-right scary Finestre.

Both the Giro AND the Pez are scheduled to tackle the dirt-track climb over the Colle delle Finestre on May 28.

Throughout the journey – I’ll be tappin’ the laptop and sourcing local internet connections to bring your every slap-happy moment via the pages of PezCycling. So hey – if the boss won’t let you take off for a few days of manly adventure – at least you can read about mine…

Of course – this being Italy – no plan is made without a few grains of salt and a good back-up – but I promise this will be a fun two weeks – so stay tuned and with any luck I’ll have a report for you in a couple of days.

Now let’s ride!

Ciao tutti!
– The Pez

• Read our first account of Riding The Stelvio here
• Read our ride over The Colle delle Finestre here
• Read our ride over The Climb to Madonna di Ghisallo here

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