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Tags:    Activities     Biking     Dolomite's passes
mErCh Sunday, 13 July 2014

The room dedicated to cycling

I must admit that here in the hotel there is one room which I prefer above any other. It is the one dedicated to bikes and cycling generally and for me it is almost intoxicating in the attraction it holds! It has all to do with the history of the sport and legendary exploits. The Pinarello Lounge is the room in question and on the walls are hung many of the bicycles which have illuminated the sport’s history both past and presentt. There is the bike of Nani Pinarello,the one which Gino Bartali proudly referred to as ‘cycling’s black shirt and life’s pink shirt’. There is also the futuristic style bike which Miguel Indurain used to shatter the world one hour record. There is the one Wiggins rode to win the yellow shirt of the Tour. Froome’s black space-like bike is there too, as is World Champion’s Rui Costa’s. What a collection of bikes and memories of triumphs!
The room dedicated to cycling
„Cycling and dreaming have a much greater association than one would imagine.“
The Lounge also radiates light. The light of the mountains, a light which almost seduces you to explore the mountains and be a part of them. More than 5 minutes here and the temptation may prove too strong! The views are senational, the winding roads call you to commit to the endeavour – a charming mix of beauty and human effort. The direction to take? There is so much choice it is embarrassing for just outside the hotel you can embark on your journey and should you turn right you can discover Gardena, Villa, Valparola, Passo delle Erbe, whereas should you go left there is a whole mountain world awaiting you – after  Campolongo you can head to Pordoi and the Sella Ronda or Colle Santa Lucia, Falzarego or Passo Giau.  The names may not yet say much to you but I will give you a flavour of what they mean and what they offer by citing the greatest champion of all: Fausto Coppi. Take in Pordoi, Gardena, and Sella for starters. The climb is a gradual one and not a frightening ascent. The winding bends give ample opportunity to take in the majesty all around. In the background is the Catinaccio and to our side the Sella Group. And there standing proud is Pordoi. This Pass, it searing up to more than 2000 metres is dedicated to Coppi, he having performed some heroic expolits which will long last in the pages dedicated to cycling’s history. In honour of his explots there is a monument here. I well know that there are others dedicated to him. There is one up on Stelvio. Another on the stretch coming down from Abetone after Serramazzoni, and another up at Ghisallo. Such recognition of the great man is not surprising for his fame has spread across the mountain ranges and his achievements are legendary. To give just one example we can look back to the Giro d’Italia in 1953 when on the 31st May on the leg from Auronzo to Bolzano Coppi needed to attack Koblet if he wanted to have a chance of winning the race. He made his move on the Falzarego ascent but Koblet resisted and on the downhill part raced away from Coppi. At Pordoi Coppi recovered more than half a minute but it was not enough and he attacked again at Sella but the Swiss rider held on to his lead and the race seemed over. However the very day after on Stelvio Coppi atttacked as never before and managed to win the race and for those watching it was a day to long remember. It was Coppi’s fifth victory in the Giro d’Italia!
From the top of Pordoi and looking over and beyond the Catinaccio peaks the outline of Stelvio can be seen. The mountains horizons are made up of peaks but also of dreams.  From here it is possible to go down to Arabba, a windbreaker being  a useful companion (!) as one speeds along the way. Goethe said that the mountains are a place of silence and make of us silent and devoted disciples.  Certainly it is true tosay that at the moment when the heart is pumping and the body is encapsuled in a particular light and beam of energy and the hands are gripped on the handlebars a feeling of happiness and being at one with oneself is something special to experience in this our mountain world.

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