What rest day?
Today was just another jam-packed day on the Caravan, making hay while the sun shone (and the pro peloton had a little lie down). Rest day, pffft!
Rest day 3 started with a visit to Santini, which is located in Bergamo (following on from yesterday’s feature, ‘The streets of Bergamo’). It is always such a pleasure to visit the Santini factory and the tight-knit team who work there. I was instantly made to feel like part of the family, which reminded me of my factory tour last year, when I got to spend time swapping stories with Pietro, Monica and Paola Santini. If you haven’t already checked that story out, it is well worth a read - and a good insight into why I am so passionate about road cycling.
Today, however, was all business - we were at the factory to pick up some new kits. Claudio from Santini took us to the stock room and I had a true kid-in-a-candy-store moment as I picked out my kit to wear for the afternoon's ride up the Stelvio Pass.
Then I got to see all my hard work from a few months back, shooting in Málaga, Spain for the 2018 Santini catalogue! Stuntman Mike even made an appearance, as one of the garments hadn't been ready in time, so Santini had sent it to Sydney for me to shoot locally.
Stuntman does Stelvio
Finally, it was time to hit the Stelvio Pass.
There is nothing quite like struggling up a mountain to appreciate how fast the pros get the job done. After our meager efforts on Stelvio today, this will be even easier than usual when the peloton hits these slopes tomorrow.
The Stuntman hadn't had the pleasure of riding Stelvio before, so I got to play tour guide. As with rest day numero due, the frequent stops to capture images of the climb were greatly appreciated.
We even had some fans taking pics of us heading up - thanks for the Facebook share! We tried to smile, we swear...
The wildmen of Bormio
Once back in Bormio, we got busy undoing all our good work by sinking a few Weiss beers in the afternoon sun.
With our minds refreshed and our souls revitalised after such a memorable day, we were now ready to tackle the last week of, what has so far been, an incredible 100th Giro. Bring on stage 16!