Sunday, July 29, 2012

Transalp Stage 4

Nauders, Austria to Scuol, Switzerland

Distance: 49.94 km and 1800 m of climbing

Route information

WWI site
The morning started with a the Shimano folks still working on Andi's rear brake until shortly before the start of the stage. After he got his bike back everything seemed to be working fine.

We got a little history lesson riding across the Austrian/Italian border and WWI battles. The views from the first peak down to Lake Reschen and the Ortler in the background were quite nice. The stage itself was the shortest of the race, but sure has some nice views. The climb out of Reschen was quite steep and was followed by some nice trails around "Schwarzsee" and its marshes. This is where it began to become apparent that all was not well with Andi's brakes that had just been fixed. His rear break failed again and he was going down the descents using his front break only. The front break finally failed as well and he had to jump in the bushes on the last downhill. We had been riding down a crazy steep concrete section!! Luckily no injuries had to be reported. The flat section at the end riding into Scoul was pretty flat thanks to a mixed team pulling us into town :). Real Swiss cheese and other goodies greeted us at the finish line. We had a great time at the finish line. We met Jason Sumner, a journalist, from Colorado. It is always quite nice to catch up with a friendly American :)

From the bridge in Scoul

Power Nap

Post dinner, mid mountain

Lake Reschen

Lake Reschen

Team riding

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