Grappling with the Grappa

Stage 20; 190km; Pordenone – Asiago
If you thought today’s blog thread was about that fire water beverage Grappa that weighs in at up to 60% proof, then sorry, it’s still about the bike!

After 30km of busy roads through built up towns we turned on to The Strada del Prosecco, the 4th cat climb was a lung busting sprint (ok struggle up 19% slopes).

​The route unwound through a vast natural theatre in Veneto almost entirely decorated by vineyards, abbeys, churches and castles. The views were as stunning as the bubbles in a good chilled glass of this local fizz.


Some 95km in and we hit the foot slopes of the Monte Grappa a 24km climb which on paper at least was an average of 5.5% however what it was in truth was steep sections of 16 / 17% and lots of false flat and even two sections of descent. This was what reduced the average as it was a bitch of a climb, and a long one too.

We just have the time trial stage from Monza to Milan standing in our way.

I’m typing this in the back of a cramped van on our 258km transfer.


I’ve just had a text from Tracie, she and the girls have just landed in Bergamo, can’t wait to see them tomorrow it’s been 24 long days since our last hug…!

If you would like to support us by donating then here’s my page-

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HaydenGroves3TourChallenge

Thanks from all at Cureleukeamia

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~ by theboxterboy on May 27, 2017.

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