Cyclechicks have been on cycling holiday to Italy

I live in the Netherlands, a very flat country where it can be very windy. Especially in the region where we are from. After a cycling ride last year in the east of our country my friend Bianca got the idea to plan a cycling holiday somewhere in Europe. It didn’t take us long to decide which country and which area. Italy, the Dolomites, the Stelvio pass and surroundings. That’s where we were going! The plans were made and then the long waiting started..

Italy, the Dolomites, the Stelvio pass and surroundings. That’s where we were going!

Finally, the day of departure came. After some final preparations we drove off on Wednesday the 20th of June with a car full of baggage and two bikes mounted on the back. Due to the uncertain weather forecasts our suitcases were stuffed with long and short clothing and hot- and cold weather cycling gear. On our way to Italy we stayed at a hotel in a Asperg, Germany. It was very hot in Germany, 34 ° C. After a hot night we continued our journey to the Dolomites, destination Corvara alta Badia.

Bianca en BoukjeThe moment we arrived in the Arkadia hotel our cycling holiday really begun. Bianca arranged this fantastic hotel with a super room, food and friendly personnel. They made our stay feel great! We stored our two Italian baby’s with five locks.

Friday 22 June. Our first adventure.
The next morning our baby’s were still there and wanted to go with us into the mountains. We started with the Campagnolopass to Arraba and back. When you are used to ride in a flat country you need some time to get used to the mountains. Like any other cyclingtourist we made a photo at the top with the sign. Actually not just one photo but more. After the descent back at the hotel we went to the Giaupass to look at the pro’s.

Maybe we could learn something from them. Our local, Marco, gave us some tips where to park our car which led us somehow on the race parkour and we crossed the finish line by car. It was a great afternoon. We picked a great spot at the finish from where we could watch the cyclists finish. Some were fitter than the others. The day after we were told that we had been on TV!

Saturday 23 june, Sellaronda Bike Day.
The Sellaronda Bike Day. One of the reasons we travelled all the way to Italy. When we woke up that morning we both felt nervous for what was to come. We did our best to have breakfast but we did not feel hungry at all. After five minutes cycling we didn’t feel nervous anymore and started to enjoy the pedaling and the majestic mountain views. A picture on every top, after every top a descent, after each descent a climb. One of the most beautiful presents that day were Bianca’s hello’s and ciao’s each descent. What an experience!

Back at our hotel we both cried over our achievement. It may sound stupid for outsides but we both have our reasons to be proud of this. After an Aperol spritz we went from the sunny terrace to the swimming pool. But not before we checked if our baby’s were still safe in the bike parking. Though the parking was full, only two bikes were locked.. ours!