Monday, 17 June 2013


After the previous evening's battle with the elements, participants could be forgiven for their joy at being back out on the road in glorious summer sunshine.

Fearing the effects of promised 30 degree plus temperatures, many chose to start the run to the Katschberg Pass early. An enchanting meander through lush Alpine forests soon gave way to the challenges of a 17% gradient to the 1800 ft summit, with stunning views that rewarded those that conquered the beautiful Lueg Pass.

However, this was nothing compared to the Katschberg Pass – a 28% gradient that culminated in a 5400 ft summit. An easier run into the charming town of Lienz was welcomed after a gruelling day. However, once again 47 Silver Ghosts, many over a century-old, performed almost faultlessly.

Talk of tomorrow's run to Innsbruck and the promise of the awe-inspiring Stelvio Pass on Thursday rang around the bar as road-weary participants wound down after another wonderful day's motoring.

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