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Tour of Italy (Giro D’Italia) Cycle Challenge 2017 (100th edition)

By on Mar 10, 2017 in Cycle Challenge | 10 comments

In May this year I will be riding the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy. The Giro d’italia is 3,400 km long and takes place over 21 days in May and this year’s see the 100th edition of the race. I will be raising money for 4 charities, Bernados, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and will be sponsored by Jewson, Polypipe and McCann. The ride is an extraordinary feat for anyone regardless of age but being 77 this makes it if more mind blowing. What an example it sets to the mature cyclists? It demonstrates that age should not be a barrier and the older generation can still achieve a great level of fitness, and still be competitive in their chosen sport or activities, inspiring! Why this challenge? In 2005, Mick at the age of 65 became the 1st and still only rider to SOLO ride the exact route of the Tour de France in one day less...

Stage 17 – Tirano – Canazei – 219km

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Stage 16 – Rovetta – Bormio – 222km

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Stage 15 – Valdengo – Bergamo – 199km

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Stage 14 – Castellania – Oropa – 131km

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Stage 13 – Reggio Emilia – Tortona – 166km

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Stage 12 – Forli – Reggio Emila – 220km

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The stage is mostly flat, although it has 2 uncomplicated climbs, Colla di Casaglia and Valco Apennines which wasn’t going to cause too much concern for Mick after the Blockhaus. After a early night we departed Forli which is an attractive town of 118,000 people, rain was likely, the route headed south from Forli and as expected the surroundings were a mass of green, the two climbs were early on with both awarding KOM points. Mick once again performed amazingly, the official route then follows the A1 motorway passing a series of well lit tunnels. Obviously we had to deviate to a side road, from this point the road was flat with a congregation of roundabouts and we negotiated a number of densely inhabited areas (especially Modena). However the roads were possibly some of the worst we have encountered, with no hard shoulder and deep drop offs and loads of traffic. Mick thankfully came...

Stage 11 – Firenze – Bagno di Romagna – 166km

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Stage 10 – Foligno – Montenero – 39.8km (time trial)

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