RAD RACE „Tour D’Italia“ // Stage 9
Valdisotto - Lago Iseo
147,9km // 1.676 meters of altitude
The STRAVA track is here
WE MADE IT!!!
From Roma to Milano in 9 days. 17 friends. 9 stages. 1.375km. 21.849 meters of altitude. On Canyon Aeroad CF SLX bikes. 2 guys behind the camera. Supported by ABUS Helmets, Oakley shades and Heimplanet tents, Vredestein tires and tubes (2 flats in more than 300.000k) and Gore Bike Wear. What a sufferfest. An average of 152k and 2.427,66 meters of altitude every day!!! We can seriously tell you: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
The last stage had pretty much an amazing start with the night spent on the foot of the mighty Stelvio and beautiful sunshine over the alps. The thing was though: another mighty climb was waiting for us. The Gavia. But everybody got themself up there for the very last time and then we spent more than an hour on top of the Gavia to have interviews for our upcoming documentary and to just laugh and have a good time since we knew it's gonna be a while until everybody will be riding together again.
After we made it all down there we met and then we had a superfast group ride for the last 100k or so. Pretty much a light descent until we hit our finish line. The Iseo lake close to Milano. We wanted to see Cristo's installation so we kinda changed our last finish from Milano centre to the lake. And what a beautiful evening we had with everyone alive and happy. Too good to be true. Riding with your friends and having the time of your life. This is what makes it all worth it. Just do whatever you love. Whenever you can. Waste time with the right people around you. You're fucked up with your job? Do it like Jo: QUIT and travel this planet.
We love Italy now even more. The people. The food. The mountains. Tuscany. Dolomites (Yolomites!!). Alps. The green. The blue. The Yellow. This country has it all. We'll be all back. No one wanted this to end. You're in this universe and there are no cell phones on the bike. Just a couple of friends. And the pain in your legs. And whenever you feel like quitting you think of the ability to even be able to ride and make your muscles burn.
Watch out for our documentary that will be released in December 2016 / January 2017 on our VIMEO channel. Gerri and Severin from Modest Department have shot the film in 6K. It will be something that you haven't seen before. Promise. Pictures even clearer than reality. Some might be faster. Some might be slower. Some might be more beautiful. Some might be more interesting. We just got to show you what we love. Cycling.
Dedicated to Sebastian Gondek. RIP brother!