Giro d'Italia

Stage 4 through the lens. A Don Karle gallery

VeloNews Photo Director Don Karle, in Italy for the Giro d'Italia, decided Tuesday to go on a ride to get a feel for "what the riders were up against and what it was like for the spectators on a mountain-top finish." So Karle hooked up with top Italian racer Amy Rasic for some guidance, and the pair ended up doing what Karle called "a sweet ride, probably the coolest in my life so far."

By Don Karle

Mere mortals: beautiful pavement makes the day go easier.

Mere mortals: beautiful pavement makes the day go easier.

Photo: Don Karle

VeloNews Photo Director Don Karle, in Italy for the Giro d’Italia, decided Tuesday to go on a ride to get a feel for “what the riders were up against and what it was like for the spectators on a mountain-top finish.”

So Karle hooked up with top Italian racer Amy Rasic for some guidance, and the pair ended up doing what Karle called “a sweet ride, probably the coolest in my life so far.”

“We started our ride in Feltre and did the two climbs to the finish. We rode over the Croce D’ Aune Pass, this is where Tulio Campagnolo came up with the quick release skewer, so there’s a statue of him on the top. (A side note, the first Campy part I bought as a kid was a pair of Croce D’Aune hubs, kinda cool.)

“After the fun curvy descent and a few long tunnels, we climbed up to the finish in San Martino Di Castrozza. I think we did 55k, maybe four hours of ridding, longest bike ride I’ve done in years but well worth it.”

Without further ado, enjoy Karle’s gallery.

Photo Gallery