Update: June 28, 8:30pm
I had another horrible sleep last night, so tonight I should sleep like a baby…
Breakfast did the trick to wake me up, although the spread was not as substantial as yesterday’s. I was excited for today’s stage as the forecast was for sunny weather, and the climbing would begin with some steep 15% grades only after a 2km neutral start. I had planned to ride with Joerg for the whole day, but we split up on the first climb and did not see each other until the finish line. Today we both raced our own race, only about 5 minutes apart. We both climbed at our own paces, and managed to get in with very fast groups through the flat, slight downhill, and slight uphill parts of the stage. I only managed to take one photo while on course, as I felt strong and did not want to lose my momentum doing too much sightseeing. Today we finished with a time of 4:48 moving us up 14 spots to 130 overall.
The picture from my balcony is at the Sporthotel Sillian – this is the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in during TTA. The gave us vouchers for their dinner buffet, which I managed to finish several plates including a cheese course and ice cream. I am very excited to see what they have for breakfast!
Pages will be updated with photos and a recap at the end of each stage
From the organizers (translated from German):
Day two in the Dolomites and the insanity won’t stop. With the Dolomites in the back the route leads steeply on the right over the Furkelpass. From Olang on the ride continues on hardly trafficked side roads and bike lanes passing small villages and farmyards until Toblach in the Hochpustertal. Now a charming circuit around the Sextener Dolomites’ mountain massif starts overlooking some of the most beautiful and most famous mountains of the Dolomites. From Toblach the stage ascends flatly until Schluderbach with the Drei Zinnen and the Monte Cristallo in the view. Just before Passo Cimabanche the street turns left. Only 300 meters in altitude are missing until you reach the terrific pass crossover at Lago di Misurina on the backside of the Drei Zinnen.
Now it goes downwards for a long time to Auronzo, where one of the hardest challenges of this year’s Transalp is waiting: 600 steep meters difference in altitude up to the Passo Sant’Antonio. The following second half of the Kreuzbergpass from Padola on is a piece of cake compared to this. After the donwhill via Sexten until Innichen the circuit around the Sextener Dolomites is already concluded. However, the closure of the circuit will be completed on the next day. Today the route guides to the right and ends on eleven flat kilometers, on which the frontier to Austria is crossed, until the finish in Silian is reached.
Mountain passes: Furkelpass, Lago di Misurina, Passo Sant’Antonio, Kreuzbergpass