Sunday, July 18, 2010

Raduno Giro dei Castelli

The first raduno of my comeback with 10 members of the squad, a giro starting in Signa which took us 105k through Montelupo, Montespertoli, and up the climb through Vitolini, a stage featured in the 2004 Giro d'Italia.

We won third place in this raduno for our placement as a team. Our prize was a beautiful trophy, a prosciutto, a finnochiana, a bottle of wine, a bottle of olive oil and a basket of pasta.

Great company and a special sense of fulfillment, this having been the first significant ride with my team since recovering from my surgery.

We enjoyed a buonissima festa at the end of the ride, and in addition to our team prize, we each received a complimentary bottle of wine to take home in our jersey pockets.