Day 2 was a tough start with a major climb just 4 km in to the race. Unfortunately David was having some serious lower back pain today and it really took a toll on his ability to climb. The day was a bit longer than we would have hoped for, but we limped across the finish line and tended to David’s needs. Hopefully with the Shimanno crew working on his bike, a good night's sleep, food in his belly, and a few Aleve pills to help his back a bit he will be back on his game for day three.
After rain and thundershowers most of the evening, Sunday dawned partly cloudy and cool. Perfect riding weather for the guys and they were in high spirits as they rolled out at 9 AM. We packed up the truck and were set to go immediately after we saw them off at the start line so as to try to avoid the traffic, if there was to be any. It worked and we were to the town of Landeck with enough time to take a look around and spot these ruins on the mountain above the village
We calculated we had just enough time to get in a good hike up to these ruins and still make it back to a spot where we could see the guys ride by, so we scrabbled up the very steep trail.
Unfortunately David was having a bit of a bad day with pain in his lower back, so they wanted to carry on quickly. After they went off, Tracey and I took a look around the castle museum where we learned that riding today they were traveling via Claudia Augusta, the path used in Roman times to travel through the Alps. You can’t do that in America!
The castle was much different than Neustwanstein in that it was very old and much simpler. Construction started in 1293 and continued in phases through the 1500s.
After our castle museum tour, which was all written in German so we didn’t get too much history into our brains, we passed by a most well kept cemetery.
Our Hotel Yscla provided a bike wash, bike lockup, dirty bike clothes laundry service, and a 6-course gourmet meal in the price of the room, although a couple of the courses of the meal were a bit too Austrian for Tracey's liking (beefy noodle broth, cold fish with mashed peas, quail, and sauerkraut). A bit of supper (Drew had 3 actually), time to work on bikes and relax a bit and we’re ready for tomorrow and Switzerland.