The glorious ‘VBC Rides’ cycling team, with riders from a variety of the local mills. We’re in front of the Oropa monastery, at the end of the glorious climb from Biella that was made famous by Pantani in the 1999 Giro: his chain came off at the bottom of the climb yet he managed to win the stage, overtaking 60 riders on his way up.

Below: on the other side, contemplating the descent and the climb up to the Bielmonte ski station.

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L Cool B

Nice read! Didn’t know you were into cycling as well… The only occasion I’m willing to wear man-made materials 😉


Agree with L Cool B. This is an interesting topic and more of this would be good. How did you find the ride? Which is your bike and why? Enjoying the rest of the blog too. Regards