Showing posts with label Cinque Terre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cinque Terre. Show all posts

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cinque Terre Giro d'Italia Time Trial Recon

French rider Philippe is often off to interesting places in the world with his Concorde bike that he had adapted with S&S couplers for easy traveling. For this trip Philippe went to Cinque Terre to ride and watch the Giro individual time trial. He, and his family, rented a house above Framura in Chiesa just at the doors of Cinque Terre proper.

Phillipe says, "Of course bike riding is not the only thing to do in Cinque Terre... in fact, it's not even the best thing to do. Other things include walking, eating, taking boats, walking some more and eating. Did I already mention eating? For instance, you can take the boat from Riomaggiore to a lovely little restaurant on the water. I know because I checked this out. The food was very good, thank you!"

The photos, top, are of his a.m. rides along the segment from Passo del Bracco to Vernazza.

Phillipe posts his ride stories on in the Commuting, Touring, and Ride Reports section.

You can read more about the Cinque Terre National park here:

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lance Armstrong Recon of Giro TT in Cinque Terre

Lance wrote on March 11th, "Previewing the long TT from the Giro. Stunningly beautiful here in Cinque Terre. The Giro TT is wicked hard. Never, ever flat and 62 kms. Doubtful for riding the tt bike as well. And the descents...?? Insane.."

Lance is referring to Stage 12 , May 21st, that will begin in Sestri Levanti and end in stunningly beautiful Cinque Terre in the town of Riomaggiore. The five villages making up Cinque Terre are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. See the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre website,, for more information.

Damiano Cunego has already decided to use a road bike for this stage, and Ivan Basso remains undecided as to which type bike he'll use.

Photos: Lance during his recon ride, TT route and profile, images of Cinque Terre

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