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Reports by Marco Buffa

All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Brig to Brig using the Lotschberg tunnel
by Marco Buffa, tour started August 1998

A long and wide bend on the left takes you into the last 10 kms. quite demanding both beacuse you already are on the climb from 17 km. and because during last 10 Km the average slope is > 7% and there are two flat stretches... After an harpin on the right you meet a tunnel (slope > 11%) that bicycles avoid on the right with a nice route (100 mt. are on pave') coasting some gorge that free climbers use for their training. You see the dam of first lake and you know you'll have to go up there: a set of bends help you on gaining altitude and finally you coast the lake at your right with its peculiar colour. Use the stretch along the lake to rest and don't be deceived by the the fact that you clearly see the [Grimsel]pass not so far.

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Four More Tours in the Italian Dolomites
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1997

[I crossed] for the first time in my life some of the famous Dolomiti passes: in the end [...] I went to 13 different passes. [...] [F]rom Canazei the route is steep at once. (I didn't expect so much: I think I've been deceived by images of 1996 Giro when Zaina climbed up very easily.)

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A Tribute to the Alpine Passes of Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started March 1997

This short set of pictures can not exhaust all the passes in Switzerland because I've never been to some of them (Grosse Scheidegg, maybe in 1997 ?) or the camera went out of order at the moment of taking the picture (Susten Pass - July 1995) and also because of their number. Most of the passes are not so far each other and looking at a map is not so difficult to project a ``one day'' tour including the crossing of at least two passes. I think my personnel record is this tour including three crossings and a back and forward stretch to reach a fourth pass: that day.

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St. Leonard - Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch) - Obergurgl back and forward
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1996

One day: 26 July 1996 from 09:00 to 15:30 - Km 90.

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St. Leonard - Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch) - Obergurgl back and forward
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1996

26 July 1996 from 09:00 to 15:30 - Km 90.

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Central Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started November 1995

Goschenen - Andermatt - Furkapass - Gletsch - Grimselpass - Innertkirchen - Sustenpass - Wassen - Goschenen, Km 120.

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Graubunden Tour
by Marco Buffa, tour started October 1995

Thusis - Tiefencastel - Albulapass - La Punt - Zernez - Fluelapass - Davos - Klosters - Landquart - Chur - Thusis, Km 190.

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Susa-Susa Tour
by Marco Buffa, tour started August 1995

Susa - Montgeneve - Briancon - Col du Lautaret - Col du Galibier - Col du Telegraph - St Michel de Maurienne - Lanslebourg - Mont Cenis - Susa. Km 205.

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A Tale of Two Trains, between Switzerland and Italy
by Marco Buffa, tour started September 1994

One day: 6 September 1994 from 6:30 to 20:00. Chiasso-Airolo by train then: Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Briga - Simplonpass - Domodossola Domodossola-Vergiate by train then: Vergiate - Azzate - Vedano Olona Olgiate Comasco - Drezzo - Pedrinate - Chiasso Km 180 (only cycling). Find more of Marco Buffa's tour reports here.

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Mont Blanc Tour
by Marco Buffa, tour started August 1994

  • 9 August 1994 from 8:30 to 17:50: La Salle-Chamonix by car via Tunnel, then Chamonix - Col des Montets - Col de la Forclaz - Martigny - Col du Grand St. Bernard - Aosta - La Salle; Km 153.
  • 12 August 1994 from 7:30 to 20:00: La Salle - Col du Petit St. Bernard - Bourg St. Maurice - Albertville - Beaufort - Col de Saises - Megeve - Chamonix Chamonix-La Salle by car via Tunnel; Km 207.

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Six Passes in the Alps, between Italy and Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1994

One day: Tour 21 July 1994 from 8:00 to 20:20. Pontresina - Zernez - Ofenpass - S. Maria - Umbrailpass - Bormio - Passo Foscagno - Passo Eira - Livigno - Forcola - Bernina - Pontresina, Km 180. Find more of Marco Buffa's tour reports here.

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Lombardia-Trentino
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1991

Tour 30 July 1991 from 7:30 to 21:00. Breno - Edolo - Passo Tonale - Dimaro - Campo Carlo Magno - Lodrone - Riccomassimmo - Bagolino - Passo Croce Domini - Breno, Km 213.

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Madonna del Ghisallo - Cycling Museum in Magreglio
by Marco Buffa

For those of you who're planning to go to Italy by bike and specifically to cross Lombardia region near Como's lake, you can't miss such a place: there are many types of reason that can get you to go there.

You know, this is an ascent that from both sides has the last part quite demanding although short: a good test to evaluate your ``grimpeur'' attitude. At the top look at right side of Como's Lake and at the two mountains named Grigne in front of you.

Even if you're not catholic, do enter the little church (free entrance) : it's also a cycling museum. It's up to you saying a prayer before starting the visit as a sign inside suggests. You'll find here the originals used by Bartali, Coppi, Merckx: looking at the Merckx one, see the gear he used ... There's also the bicycle Moser used in Mexico City in 1984 to improve hour record and last, sadly, the Fabio Casartelli's bicycle used in Tour 1995 (Fabio born not so far from here). Again there's a lot of original maillot (pink , yellow, rainbow) belonging to all time champions. Every year on december 24 there's a religious meeting celebrating great champions that are no more here in this world.

For three years ``Lombardia 's Tour'' has been choosen to be the last race of World Cup and even if its path has been changed, it always includes Ghisallo: take the opportunity to ride along a piece of one most popular Italian cyling races.

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Lago di Como

Trails

Passo S. Jorio (2014 mt.) - A MTB Way from Italy to Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started 1996

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