The Giro d’Italia is fixed – it’s serious
After a few weeks, the organisers made the decision – stages 17 and 18 would await me. 110 kilometres on the first, and 80 kilometres on the second day. “Well, I can do that easily” was my first thought and I didn’t worry about it. After all, I often cycle two stages in one day during the development of cycle tours, so everything is easy. It was only when I got a medical certificate about my physical condition that I started to have doubts about whether this would be such a leisurely cycle tour as those I know from EUROBIKE. Slightly nervous, I took a glimpse at the stage descriptions.
Stage 17: From Valdobbiadene to San Martino di Castrozza. 110km – everything as advertised. BUT not advertised was an incline of over 200 metres!
Stage 18: From Predazzo to Monte Avena. Again, of course, the mileage was 80 kilometres as I thought. But what worried me was about 3100 vertical metres, or thereabouts!
My dear ENIT friends chose the last two mountain sections of the Giro d’Italia for me. There was no time to train. No matter, I thought, everything will be ok. And if not, then I’ll get into the support vehicle 😉
Full of anticipation and a little nervous, I made my way to the Giro d’Italia, sorry the Giro-E! What awaited me there exceeded my wildest expectations! I received my cycling jersey – I was officially part of the ENIT team! After that, my racing machine was waiting for me – a fantastic E-road bike from Pinarello! Next we went to the official start photobooth and made our entries in the Giro book! We were treated like pros. And indeed, about 2 hours before the real Giro d’Italia we set off on the original route. The stages were decorated, thousands of spectators applauded us, a good hundred people consisting of police, marshals and assistance ensured our safety and free roads. I was impressed! And the smile on my face only disappeared when I had to say ‘Ciao’ to my teammates.
Oh yes…there was something else?
The Giro-E starts - 190 kilometres and over 5000 meters elevation gain in the saddle! But I did it! It was hard. And despite the fantastic bike and the support of the electric motor, the two days have pushed my physical limits. At each stage finish, however, the attentive ENIT team immediately put me back together. And after a great beer and a chat with our pretty hostesses, the smile returned again! 😊