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EuroTrashTourThree Report

EuroTrashTourThree Report

Everyone is home safe.  My bottom line: 404 miles, 54,702 feet of climbing, or ten and a third miles vertical. Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria visited.  These numbers are pretty much identical to the last two ETT trips in distance and climbing.  The East side climb of the Fedia is a challenger to the Mortirollo as way too steep for way too long and Grossglockner was simply laid out with 11-12% as the normal road grade which became unrelenting and exhausting after six hours.

Many will want to embellish, a lot was posted on Facebook including thousands of pictures and some great videos.  Phil posted a public folder with all of his pics: 

Eurotrash 2018
403 new photos ยท Album by Phil Feldman
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO … pXNTF3NDBB

Six of our own regular riding group, one temporarily relocated member and one BBC and past GG member plus two invited infidels successfully completed a third trip to Europe to climb old favorites and visit new and steep places.  The gang was headed by Ricardo Gonzalez (currently residing in Spain for another year)  who was our incredible trip planner once again.  He found us fantastic accommodations, an amazing set of rides with full cues and files provided and considered all logistics and accounting for a smooth and enjoyable sufferfest.

Joining from the Glenelg Gang was Josh Meyers, Roger Eastman. Mark Fewerda, Mike Craig, Kirill Sherman and Stuart Lamb.  Past ganger Phil Feldman came for the second consecutive trip.  An acquaintance of Ricardo's and others from past Seagull Century trips, Erven Taylor joined from Philly and Mike Mougan, another US Ex-Pat currently stationed for his company in Spain where he rides with Ricardo came up as well.

Roger joined us after the Alps coming from spending time with his wife prior to and at the beginning of our trip.
Phil left us for the Dolomites part of the trip traveling light with backpack and his bike only to Zurich where he made a speech at the University for his company and attended a nerd-geek conference.  He met us when we arrived in Austria to finish the trip.
Mike Mougan ripped up the mountains, tore off Josh's legs and did battle with Phil for top dog rights.  Those three were in a class by themselves, the AutoBus followed far behind each day.  Mike M. returned "home" after the Dolomites so he could take his family on vacation back to the same area for hiking (rough life).

The first four rides were close to duplicates of our rides in the Alps from 2013.  Playing the hits.  The next group were our first trip to the totally stunning and beautiful (and steep) Dolomites and we finished with a couple of rides in Austria including conquering the entire Grossglockner from Kaprun to the Glacier and back, epic in every way.

Ride 1: Stelvio Up & Back from Bormio 27.6 mi / 5,546 ft
Ride 2: Umbriall/Stelvio Double 63.5 mi / 10,509 ft
Ride 3: Cancano Lake 30.1 mi / 3,671 ft
Ride 4: Gavia Up & Back from Bormio 32.2 mi / 4,828 ft
Ride 5: Dolomite Rain Ride Campolongo-Pordoi-Selle-Gardena 35.5 mi / 3,738 ft
Ride 6: Valparola-Giau-Campolongo 38.1 mi / 5,049 ft
Ride 7: Campolongo-Fedia-Pordoi-Campolongo 53.2 mi / 7,431 ft
Ride 8: Kaprun-Strasse Pass-Thurn-Kitzbuhel-SAG  53.6 mi / 3,031 ft
Ride 9: Kaprun-Grossglockner-Kaprun 70.25 mi / 10,699 ft.

I recorded 176 GB of video on two GoPro and one Fly 6 cameras for much of the rides and some from our transfer days.  I've only uploaded a couple of files while over there (limited time and slow internet) and they are unedited.  However, the final descent of the Grossglockner was one for the ages (or hospital).

Descending the Grossglockner
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&vi … 84Dkv9RPx8

Pordoi Dolomites Descent in the Rain/Cold-Epic Bombing
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&vi … My440tZQYE

Rear View Middle Part of Descent of Gavia into Rain at End
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&vi … XNV-47Q150

There were two very significant issues on the trip.  Mike Craig's suitcase (not his bike) was lost by British Airways (becoming a common theme on these trips), was found later, then was flown from Munich to Milan where it was lost, then found, then typical Italian paperwork and delays and eventually was delivered by courier after we got to the Dolomites.  The second issue happened after our first ride in the Dolomites when I slipped on wet tile in the hotel lobby with my bike cleat slipping like on ice.  I do not remember the fall, was knocked out and had some significant initial neurological issues as my brain "re-booted" but continued with the trip and will go get evaluated now that I'm back.  A shame I'd already removed my helmet.

There were a lot of planes, trains, automobiles, buses, rental cars and vans.  There was a lot of great food.  We consumed some good and also some pretty boring booze.  We rotated roomates so folks got to experience some world-class exhausted snoring and even talking in sleep all around.
Ciao,
Stuart 
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Edited by: Stuart Lamb - Jul-16-18 03:29 pm

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Re: EuroTrashTourThree Report

Not sure why those video links didn't work,
These seem to work even if not signed into YouTube/Gmail/WorldRulers

https://youtu.be/p84Dkv9RPx8

https://youtu.be/SMy440tZQYE

https://youtu.be/GXNV-47Q150
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Been following you on Strava!! Awesome Stuart!

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