Saturday, August 20, 2011

What goes up...

One of the benefits of staying 2760m up at Passo dello Stelvio is the trip DOWN the mountain. You don't have to pedal for 25km and it is like a roller coaster as you navigate the 48 hair pins. In a car, you can quite easily get motion sickness but on a bike it's a rush. 

After around 20 hairpins, your hands begin to cramp from squeezing so hard on the brakes and the brake dust begins to build up on your frame as you repeatedly go from 70kph to 10kph. 

The video below gives you an idea of what it's like to go down Stelvio, however, this is the side that goes down to Bormio. It is the 'easier' side. There are less hair pins and it's a little bit shorter but it's still fun and the scenery is still amazing. At 00:02:20 you can see just how fast we are going...

By the way; Deon filmed this while he was driving behind us. It was a bit difficult in a manual car and trying to squeeze into the narrow gaps between cars with one hand. (No motorcyclists were harmed in the making of this film.)

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