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ITALY DIVIDE 2019


The following Blog-post is not cimplete. I will add text, images and videos as I find some time.

As I had some serious navigation issues during the2018 edition of the ITALY DIVIDE I had a score to settle and with the new starting point in Neaples instead of Rome it all seemed like a promising adventure.

So quasy as a Christmas present, I registered for the ITALY DIVIDE and prepared mentally and also in terms of equipment and strategy. For the latter I developed the Bikepacker Race Compass, which helped me to correctly set my priorities, which proved to be very helpful.

My other preparations consisted of the usual training, which is close to none, since I only cycle to work once or rather twice a week. Fortunately this is quite far, so I was able to stay in shape over the winter. Additionally I organized a nice training tour in March from Baden to Geneva with some mates of the SWISS BIKEPACKER community.


DAY I

FACTS AND FIGURES

From Neaples to ?? / approx. 200 km / ? Hm

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HIGHLIGHT

Riding in the big crowed of crazy bikepackers. The spirit of adventure – the journey into the unknown.

Riding on antic Roman trails / roads.
Riding / talking with Cameron Dube (the only Canadian beside me in the race).
Riding with Vito and James.

LOWLIGHT

Some nervous / dangerous manovers of combatants in Caserta.

Getting sprayed with a cocktail of pesticides by a farmer (from top to toe).

LESSSONS LEARNED

Better listen to my inner voice. Concentrate on my self and stop a bit earlier but sleep a bit less.

IMPRESSIONS

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DAY II

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FACTS AND FIGURES

From ? to Capranica, Lazio/ ca. 200 km / 0000 Hm

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HIGHLIGHT

Antic route to Rome

Meeting other riders (first rancontre with Stu)

Riding with Lucien

LOWLIGHT

The rain in and especially after Rome.

Crossing the “MAGIC FOREST” - this nightmare turnes into a highlight as soon as you see the end, but you only really can believe its over, when you ride on solid road again ;-)

LESSONS LEARNED

Plan a bit better and take more break during the day.

IMPRESSIONS


DAY III

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FACTS AND FIGURES

From Capranica, Lazio to Siena / 240 km / 0000 Hm

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HIGHLIGHT

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LOWLIGHT

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LESSONS LEARNED

Plan a bit better and take more break during the day.

IMPRESSIONS



DAY iV

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FACTS AND FIGURES

From Siena to San Piero sa Sieve/ 140 km / 0000 Hm

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HIGHLIGHT

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LOWLIGHT

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LESSONS LEARNED

Plan a bit better and take more break during the day.

IMPRESSIONS


DAY V

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FACTS AND FIGURES

From Piero sa Sieve to San Benedetto Po / 200 km / 0000 Hm

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LOWLIGHT

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LESSONS LEARNED

Plan a bit better and take more break during the day.

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DAY VI

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FACTS AND FIGURES

From San Benedetto Po to Torbole/ 250 km / 0000 Hm

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HIGHLIGHT

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LOWLIGHT

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LESSONS LEARNED

Plan a bit better and take more break during the day.

IMPRESSIONS


AFTER THE RACE


Umpacking my Bike after the ITALY DIVIDE (with Audrie)