Monte Zoncolan

Monte Zoncolan. Giro 2014 Stage 20.

One of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, Monte Zoncolan is a mountain in the Carnic Alps, located in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It has been used in the Giro d’Italia six times (2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2018) and in the Giro Donne (Giro d’Italia Femminile, rebranded in 2013 as the Giro Rosa), once (1997).
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Bola del Mundo

Bola del Mundo

Bola del Mundo, also known as Alto de las Guarramillas is a mountain of the Guadarrama mountain range located in the Community of Madrid in Spain, near the border with the province of Segovia. Its height is 2,257 meters (some sources give it 2.265 meters). It is one of the hardest climbs ever seen in pro cycling. Despite its modest average gradient of 6.2%, the climb gets really hard in the final kilometers where the average gradient is always above 10% and at some points, it gets as steep as 19%.
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Specialized Tarmac 2014

Specialized S-Works Tarmac 2014 Dura-Ace

Tarmac is the admiral ship of Specialized’s road bike models. According to Specialized, its stiffness-to-weight ratio is increased by 19% over the previous Tour de France winning version (refers to Andy Schleck’s 2010 Tour de France win. The original winner was Alberto Contador, he was also riding a Specialized Tarmac, but he lost his victory to Schleck due to doping).

As always, there are plenty of build options of each Specialized model.
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Nibali was in Izmir, Turkey

2013 Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali was in Izmir (Turkey). In a La Gazzetta dello Sport organization, around 100 riders including Nibali, are traveling by ship, and riding their bikes where they visit. The last stop was Izmir, Turkey’s third biggest city, near Aegean sea. They rode through Menemen, Manisa, then returned back to Izmir.

I spent my childhood in Menemen, a small district of Izmir. I rode my bike over the very same course for years. Unfortunately, I was not there this time; in fact, I didn’t know there was such an event, so I missed the opportunity to ride with a Giro winner. (Photos: ┼×afak ─░nce)
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