That loop was amazing. A 4 km switchback ascent at an avg 7% in the most lovely valley up this hill. Strong ascent. Just work it out. No prisioners. At the crest there is a switch back descent about half the length and at the end a beautiful monastery. Damn I did not write down the name. The descent, btw, had vistas overlooking the bay and a resort. You’ll see the pics. Was just beautiful. Since it was one way in and out. We needed to rescend and descend. Then the return trip. On the final long hill. I can’t tell you what happened but i got this burst of energy and just went ahead of the whole pack. It is invigirating. Must of pulled half mile ahead and then kicked back and waited and then did it again. It was a great feeling of the training kicking in. Still can’t keep a straight line. Damn. Too distracted.
Here I am standing (I am on right) with L-R, Mark who runs the touring company (top bike touring company — highly recommend: GPM10), Tim and J.J.