Several of us from Gruppo 1 that had been on Eros' France trips joined his Saturday 9:00 a.m. ride to Bardolino on a beautiful, brisk, morning. The ride starts at the diga (dam) by the Adige River so I was bundled up in a 90s Motorola Team winter jacket. Eros arrived riding in an elf cap which brought smiles. It was an easy going ride, with 50+ riders, that gave everyone an opportunity to exchange holiday greetings.
At Bardolino, Paolo Rosola and his partner Paola Pezzo(in life and business, they own the Paolo Pezzo Olympic Bike Center in Bardolino) had set-up a nice stand near the shore of Lago di Garda where everyone enjoyed some vin brulee and pandora. We posed for some photographs, chatted about this year's adventures and plans for next year.
Our evening finished with a performance at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona of Beethoven's Symphony n. 9 in D minor op. 125 with solos and chorus. The conductor was Boris Brott who was superb.
Photos: 4th & after fotos: Eros with Paolo Rosola (Paolo was a 12 time stage winner in the Giro d'Italia); me, Paolo Rosola, Eros Poli, Franco (D.S. of Gruppo 1), Paolo Pezzo (expecting), Beppe and Daniela (President of Gruppo 1 and his wife), and Paolo; group photo; this young boy was very proud of his Colnago-Ferrari (!!!) CX30 bike; the boxes at the Teatro Filarmonico