Although I entered the race in January, I still wasn’t sure to be on the start line 10 days prior to the event. A couple of encounters with the tarmac resulting in a few broken bones and a stressed body had put me out of xterra Portugal and IM Nice already. However as I was finally starting to recover some fitness and motivation along the way, I thought I’d give the race a go as I’d heard raving reports from last year’s inaugural event.
Scanno is a couple of hours drive away from Rome, tucked away in the Abruzzo region. The meandering road to get there is stunning, the lago is rather inviting, and sitting at 1000m altitude this is mountain territory with not an inch of flat in sight. Typical authentic Italian village where a lot of life is concentrated around the main piazza, which conveniently enough is where my accommodation Albergo Centrale happens to be.
First mistake: I didn’t look at the website properly and booked my flights Friday to Monday, thinking the race was Sunday. As it turned out the race was on Saturday and I only had time to mount the bike and try to grab some info about the courses the night before. Long climb and slippery descent I’m told.
2nd mistake: I didn’t stick to my new plan which was to climb hard and be cautious on the downhill, preferably following someone…