PEZ-Man Corey Fox's recent Lombardia weekend took some unexpected turns, but the expected good times came through with great weather, a top ride with an ex-pro, and a memorable weekend of '7s' at the Hotel Il Perlo on Lake Como.
Race Preview: With the 2012 Giro di Lombardia taking place this Saturday we thought it was worth a closer look at the circuit of the 'Climber's Classic' with the three legendary climbs: the Valcava, Sormano, and Ghisallo all capped off by one, small, beast of a final ramp: Villa Vergano.
I first reported on this gem a few years back when the Mrs. Pez & I discovered it on a trip to Lago di Como. It’s ideally located on the climb of the Madonna del Ghisallo, and makes a perfect base for any holiday, but even better for the Giro di Lombardia – which passes right by. This year guests can enjoy a weekend of riding, racing, and Italian life on the lake with ’96 Olympic Gold medallist Silvio Marinello.
After two weeks of early wake ups and diapers, my wife Natalia gives me the green light: “Ok then, watch your race but come back early”. Even if the “come back early” part could have very different interpretations I catch the opportunity and I leave so early in the morning from my home that she has no chance to fix a return hour time. At the end, as Pez in person wrote me on Friday night, that’s for sure what baby Mario would want me to do. Here's how the day went...
Roadside Report: 07.00: the alarm blasts, but it's not too painful, only two grappas last night. La Gazzetta Dello Sport tells us that it's the 104th edition of the Giro di Lombardia with "196 corridori di 25 nazioni e di 25 squadre." It's time for one last Monument, one last big race for 2010. Read on!
For every up, there's a down, and when it comes to the Giro di Lombardia, they have a penchant for picking climbs that require as much talent to get down off the mountain as they do to get to the top. The Colma di Sormano proudly carries on the tradition...
Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same as driving your car off a cliff, but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.
It all happens so fast, on the day; autostrada, sign-on, satnavs, pictures, maps, notes, ferries, more pictures, TV, BlackBerry, wi-fi, editing, captioning, SEND - when did we last eat? But the morning after, there's time to reflect, think about the fact that you were part of history for the day.
Roadside PEZ: One last time for 2009 that is! The Race of the Falling Leaves is one of the best all season, so of course we had our Man in the Trenches, Ed Hood, on the scene accompanied by longtime pal, Dave. Ed takes us along for one more Roadside PEZ to round out 2009. Enjoy!