Yesterday, on "Pasquetta" (the day after Easter), I rode to Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella for a raduno. Arriving there I found lots of cyclists searching for the start. To make a long story short, the event had been cancelled.
Archaeological sites dot the Valpolicella's hills with evidence of prehistoric human settlement; man first settled in the Valpolicella area 40 to 50 thousand years ago. Near Sant'Ambrogio is the Fumane Cave, known as the Solinas Refuge, with its rock paintings and the "witch-doctor's stones".
Finding the raduno cancelled my friend Massimo and I decided to ride to Lago di Garda. Under warm and sunny we had an espresso at Bardolino and then continued on to to Torre and eventually back to Verona. In all it was 5 hours of riding, grabbing some fast wheels along the way and getting some good interval training in.
Photo: hills above Sant'Ambrogio