Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For The 'Matterhorn'

Though the Giro d'Italia starts this Saturday, we have to wait a lengthy fourteen days before we get a taste of the (real) steep stuff and a shake up of the general classification. That's OK if you happen to be a fan of the sprinters and to be fair I don't mind a good sprint, but 13 bunch finishes in a row may eventually induce sleep in even the hardiest of sprint lovers. That steep stuff finally comes in the form of this category one, infamous 'Matterhorn' alpine climb on stage 14 of the Italian Grand Tour. With almost two weeks of racing in their legs the main contenders will be chomping at the bit to tackle this tough finish and hopefully set the race alight for the final week of gruelling climbing - it is a rather back-end heavy race this year. The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine mountain peaks to be climbed but is now one of the most popular and its easy to see why. Situated on the Italy/Switzerland border, the Matterhorn has two distinct summits divided by a 100 metre long rocky ridge, the Swiss summit on the east and indeed the Italian summit to the west. At  4,478 metres it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Of course the riders will only really be climbing to the 'foot' of the mountain unless they fancy tackling glaciers and vertical descents...

1 comment:

  1. Nice piece of travel writing...

    Sounds like a beautiful tour course