Reaching the summit I was met by an Italian cyclist, who had obviously arrived himself, just seconds earlier. Wearing no helmet, just a bandanna, he was still straddled across his mountain bike.
I’ve never met a cyclist so happy to have made it to the top of a mountain. Admittedly Zoncolan is a formidable challenge but it was like he’d just won the Giro himself. He was doing endless circumnavigations of the small summit apron and clenching his fists in exultation. Then grasping his mobile like it was a microphone, he excitedly communicated his hard-gained achievement – I presume – in rapid-fire Italian to the person on the other end.
For some reason, I then thought of my cycling buddy Lore. Remember, there are three ways up Zoncolan.
Books by Mark Krieger:
‘High Spain Drifter’ is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Booktopia and other online bookstores.
‘Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round’ is available on Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books
Both books are also available at local bookshops on the Mornington Peninsula: @ Rosebud Bookbarn and @ La Brocante
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”