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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

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Venice to Geneva, Day 3. Pescul to Merano.

Passo Giau (2236m), Passo Falzarego (2105m), Passo Pordoi (2239m) Passo Costalunga (1745m)   Waking up in the mountains for the first time on the trip put a bit of a spring in everyone’s step. Any remaining grappa-induced fuzziness was gone after an all-to-brief 4km descent to the bottom of the first climb of the day. Passo Giau is a tough but lovely and relatively short climb. The 10km climb averages 9.8% with peaks of 14% and is placed late on in the Maratona Dolomites which leads to it having a killer reputation. Although this was our first real 'high' mountain...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 2: Conegliano to Pescul

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Venice to Geneva, Day 2: Conegliano to Pescul

Passo San Boldo (706 m), Forcella Franche (990 m), Passo Duran (1601 m), Forcella Staulanza (1773 m)First day in the Dolomites and four mountains to contend with. First up was the Passo San Boldo, which at 706 m wasn’t particularly high, but was certainly one of the most interesting and picturesque. Our route up included 18 hairpins, 6 of which were hidden inside narrow one-way tunnels controlled by traffic lights. The red lights providing a welcome excuse to stop, have a rest and take photographs. We met a couple of Italian cyclists at the top who took a team photo for...

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Venice to Geneva, Day 1: Venice to Conegliano

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Venice to Geneva, Day 1: Venice to Conegliano

Today was the first day of Team Shutt’s 2017 Venice to Geneva bike packing tour over the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps following a route inspired by Mike Cotty’s heroic non-stop effort from 2014 (watch the YouTube movie if you haven’t before, it’s amazing). We're planning to take a bit longer than Mike’s 50-hour epic and have given ourselves just over a week to complete the 22 mountains: Passo San Boldo, Forcella Franche, Passo Duran, Forcella Staulanza, Passo di Falzarego, Passo di Giau, Passo di Pordoi, Passo di Costalunga, Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, Passo dell'Aprica, Bernina Pass,...

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Cycling in the Veneto

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Cycling in the Veneto

We recently added a new manufacturing facility in the Veneto region of Italy to complement our Leicester factory. Leicester will continue to make our Merino Perform range, with the premium Custom and Performance wear manufactured in Italy. So why here? Italy has a strong claim on being the spiritual home of cycling, in fact we’ve blogged about this in the past, and the Veneto region is its cycling products manufacturing capital with Campagnolo, Pinarello, Fi'z:k, Wilier, Sidi, Sportful, Castelli, Alè, Fondriest, Basso, Selle Italia, Selle San Marco and Miche among the 60+ factories based in the region. They produce top riders too....

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