Tony Morrongiello

Joined April 2015
  • Day8

    Day 8 Auron to SanRemo

    August 30, 2015 in Italy

    Final day. As planned for most of us it was never going to happen, as the entire route would have needed us to cover 175 km and 3750 vmt. Chris as always was planning to ride it all but in the end wisely chose to come in the van to the bottom of the 1st climb the Col de St Martin. This in theory is not a particularly difficult one, as the gradient never gets above 8.5% and most is at 5% to 6% over 16 km. However on tired legs and with a heart rate maxed out at 135 (115 in Jeremy's case) it took a long time. Sam was in the van for the climb. Quick coffee at the top and we all descended to the start of the Col de Turini. This is always a very tough climb at the end of a long week and only Chris had the legs for it. We reconvened after a late lunch at Dolceacqua for the final brutal climb to Perinaldo above Sanremo. By the time we got to the top it was 7pm. By then Crhis was looking pretty dead and a scary long descent into SanRemo saw hit get off the bike on a couple of occasions. We got to our Hotel Royale (very belle epoque type palace) at 8 pm. Dinner at the Osteria dei Marinai was great followed by gelato artigianale and a series of drinks back at the hotel. One too many judging by how we felt the next morning.Read more

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  • Day7

    Day 7 La Marmora to Auron

    August 29, 2015 in France

    By now we are getting tyred and today is going to be a tough one. Again looks easy in terms of distance at just 79km but we have 3080 mt to climb. On leaving La Marmora we are straight into the climb up to the Colle della Fauniera - 19 km and 1700 mt. We had been warned that there were some short but very steep ramps at 18% gradient. So steep and slippery that Sam actually fell off his bike. So we are totally knackered by the time we get to the top and we have a long descent, followed by a 10lm drag to Vinadio where the start of the Col de La Lmbarda awaits us. We loose Crhis on the descent and he ends up taking hte main road to Vinadio whilst Jeremy. Sam and I follow the course along a quiet lane on the side of the valley. The Lombarda is no joke. It is 20km long and climbs up almost 1500 mt. We stopped for lunch two thirds of the way up with nothing left in the legs. In total the climb will take over 2 hours to complete. After the descent down to Isola 2000, Jeremy, Sam and I decide to get into the van. Chris abidesby his EFI (every fckng inch) principle and rides a further 40 km to Auron. It is our second time at the Chalet de Auron hotel and hopefuly our last as nothing has changed in the last 10 years. The old owner is still obsessed about us leaving with our keys, service is poor and to add insult to injury there is no internet nor telephone.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 6 Saint Veran to La Marmora

    August 28, 2015 in Italy

    Another day that was all about vertical metres. 92.8 km and 2700mt of ascent. Setting off early from Saint Veran on a small road that took as to the long frag up to the Col Agnel, which is the second highest col in Europe. To get the top we needed to 830 mt over 12.6km. Spectacular views and loads of marmottes. Next we tackled the little known Col de Sanpeyre and on tired legs it proved really tough. No surprises as this Col was always steep (10% avg). It took me 2.44 to climb the 1321 mt over 16km. We ended up in the tiny village of La Marmora where we stayed at the Agri Turismo La Marmu.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 5 Sestriere to Saint Veran

    August 27, 2015 in France

    San Veran is advertised as one of the most beautifu villages of France as well as the highest local council in Europe. The villlage was great as well as the magnificent PEyra Alta Hotel. The days riding (76km and 2191 vmt) took us over the Col du Mont Genèvre, teh col de la Madelen and finally over the Hors Categorie Col de L'Izeran with its wild Casse Déserte.

  • Day4

    Day 4 Susa to Sestriere

    August 26, 2015 in Italy

    Only 49 kl today but 2434 vmt. Up the infamous Col delle Finestre. 1700 mt over 28 kms. Tough but woderful edpecially the 9 km of dirt road. Then descent down tiny road with perfect tarmac and long drag up to Sestriere

  • Day3

    Day 3 Val d'Isere to Susa

    August 25, 2015 in Italy

    Finally sun. Up the Izeran. Felt easy compated to 10 years ago then after a very cold and long descent up to the Col de Mt Cenis. Picnic at the lake. Then down to Susa to mediocre hotel Napoleon. Huge and disappointing dinner Menu Terra

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