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avid cyclist and photographer

Our Merry Band of Adventurers

I’ve been back home from traveling with Alta Quota Adventures for about a week now and I’m reliving the memories of the trip by sorting through my photos.  I’d like to share a few portraits I took of our illustrious crew. First, we … Continue reading

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Italian Food — Yum!!!

My wife and I just got back from a fabulous cycling trip in Italy with Alta Quota Adventures.  Italian food is truly special and we enjoyed some great meals, so I wanted to share a bit about the food here. … Continue reading

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Bormio, oh Bormio, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Bormio, oh Bormio, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. Bormio, you are the Mecca for epic cycling Bormio, your town is beautiful to relax in Bormio, your cobbled streets are unspoiled as though it were 100 years … Continue reading

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Bagni Vecchi — Bormio’s Old Baths

Bagni Vecchi means old baths.  Yes, I speak Italian now.  Fluently.  And Latin, too. Bormio means hot springs.  In Latin.  Or at least that’s what somebody told me.  And I believe anything I hear. Bormio has three different hot springs.  … Continue reading

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Big Ride/Glaciers Loop: Passo Bernina, Forcola di Livigno, Passo d’Eire, Passo del Foscagno

It’s my last day of riding on this trip and we decided to do a big ride.  Four passes, all over 2000 meters, 9000 feet of climbing, and two glaciers to see.  The official ride is just three passes — Forcola … Continue reading

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Hiking to see Forni Glacier

Hiking?  Isn’t this a bike trip?  Why would we ever go hiking? Turns out it’s an off day.  After climbing the Mortirolo and Gavia, our legs are tired.  Ajax suggested a hike and everybody bought in.  Ajax’s company, Alta Quota Adventures, … Continue reading

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Climbing Walls — Passo Mortirolo & Passo Gavia

There are some things you do to prove to yourself you can do them.  The bragging rights are nice but the real reward is the self confidence you gain from the accomplishment. Passo Mortirolo and Passo Gavia are two of … Continue reading

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Monte Scale — Unknown Side Climb — the old road before Stelvio

For all the times I’ve been in Bormio, I thought I knew every ride from here.  Today was an “off day” so Ajax led us on an “easy ride” through the town of Oga and up Monte Scale.  Monte Scale … Continue reading

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Passo Stelvio (Stilfserjoch) — Europe’s Most Beautiful Pass

Passo Stelvio is a legend.  The third highest, Passo Stelvio is unquestionably the most scenic european mountain pass.  The riding challenge is thrilling and the high mountain experience is unmatched in all of cycling. We’re staying in Bormio, so Passo … Continue reading

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Sella Ronde — a Beautiful Ride!

Sella Ronde is the most famous ride in the Dolomites.  It encircles the Gruppo Sella, the iconic feature of the Dolomites landscape.  Gruppo Sella is a massive Dolomite peak with a flat top.  It is so big, you can only … Continue reading

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