>The cycle races like to vary their routes from year to year, and eventually they get tired of their own national climbs and start looking to their neighbors. This year the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) sent its riders up over the northern border passes into Tirol for a couple of stages, and today’s started right here in Innsbruck. From the italiano being spoken everywhere, you’d think we’ve been invaded.
(See those streetcar tracks? I hate them, although I love the streetcars. When it rains those tracks are dangerously slippery, and unless you have mountainbike tires, your wheels fall in and get you stuck there. I know 5 or 6 people who have gone to the hospital after taking a fall there. Doesn’t seem to bother these guys.)
The route sent them through the Altstadt and to the main street along the river — by the time I was allowed to cross the street, they were all in the next town!
After the 15 second blitz of riders passed, we were treated to about a hundred support vehicles, each with at least 4 extra bikes.
Hmmm, maybe we have been invaded.
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