The final loop from Brescia to Salo on lake Garda always looked as though it was going to be challenging and it lived up to expectations. A 30min run to the first timing point setup the next hour of frantic activity.
In the mountains we cannot keep pace uphill and as we were 10mins behind the class leader a sensible approach to the day was in order.
This approach lasted for about 200m when the competitive gene clicked in and we went as fast as we could getting very close to perfect times on the first regularity section. Section two was different as it was a hairpin hill climb and impossible to go fast enough. Michael was doing his best but the clock was always going backwards. So as not to waste an opportunity I started to take ‘action’ pictures….
After a 45min halt at the summit the marshals regrouped for the final two regularities and we were off! Down hill is achievable and we managed an accurate time on the first section and then it was on to the final 8 control regularity ‘Finale’
Approached with apprehension it was fairly straightforward, but complicated in the timekeeping dept, with us only losing out on the steep uphill sections. With relief and some sadness the event was over as we all gathered on the shores of Lake Garda in Salo for a short light lunch before being herded off back to the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia. A far better and more interesting place than the one in Modena.
The final result was a credible 23rd overall and 2nd in class award.
I must thank Michael for inviting me to join him on this event and he was great company all week. I think you may see more of this pairing in the future.
We debated what might be the most “difficult food to eat in a car while driving” since seeing in Lecce large water melons for €0.50 Answers on a postcard please………..