The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.
The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago
dsut4392 wrote:Driving in Napoli is not for the faint-hearted, and unless you're totally nuts you DON'T want to ride a bike in the city. In terms of craziness of the traffic it ranks up there with anywhere I've been, which includes Bangkok, New Delhi and Saigon. Picture a road with three marked lanes, but 6 cars driving on it side by side. Then picture 5 of these roads leading into a roundabout. You also need to be prepared to pay a gratuity to someone to watch your car for you while it's parked, to make sure it doesn't get damaged or stolen. And there are some streets that it's not possible to drive into without ignoring "One Way" or "No Entry" signs, even though you can see cars in there. And don't expect your satnav to be correct in town either! On the positive side, there was lots of beeping and waving arms out the window, but I didn't encounter any road rage.
Puffin100 wrote:Thanks for your responses, folks. I'll actually be completing two weeks in Italy and flying home from Naples on the 5th, so the opening time trial is the only one available to me. We won't be driving but taking the train (actually from Pozzuoli that morning). We'll be sure to check out Di Matteo while we're at it!
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