Today is an exciting day for cycling fans on the Amalfi Coast. The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia will take the riders today 164 km from Avellino down to Salerno, along the beautiful and challenging Amalfi Coast Road, over the mountains to Sorrento and along the coast until Mt. Vesuvius. What a ride! I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the Giro d’Italia, and I am excited to watch it go through Amalfi this afternoon. If you are close to the route today, here is a schedule of the estimated times the riders will be going through the cities. The action should be happening in Amalfi just before 3pm, and I will be there to cheer the riders on! Hopefully I will get some good photos and videos to post here this weekend. In the meantime, you can read about the Giro on the Amalfi Coast here at Positano News.
Last weekend we were almost run over by a sudden race that went through Amalfi on Saturday. A car came through honking and and was followed shortly by more cars, scooters and then the riders. The video below doesn’t capture just how fast they were going, which is really a bad idea without any sort of crowd control in Amalfi. As soon as there were long gaps between the riders, people who just arrived and hadn’t seen what was going on would start to cross the street. Yikes! There was one incident, but it seemed like both the rider and the pedestrian were okay. Good luck today to all the riders as they make their way from Avellino to Mt. Vesuvius!
Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura says
The Giro paralyses the Coast. I’m glad that I didn’t book to arrive today!
Last year a young Luxembourger won the Junior title. And everyone knows everyone in Luxembourg!
Ciao Scintilla! Yes… I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for people and for groups arriving today! I am going by foot to Amalfi, and then will get a ride home or take a bus later. This day it is good that I don’t have a means of transportation here. 🙂
Wanderlust Woman says
I can just imagine getting stuck on the drive either in front of or behind them!
Ciao Wanderlust Woman! (That is such a great name.) I am not sure what time they closed the road since I got to Amalfi on foot only about 15 minutes before the race came through, and there wasn’t traffic. But it really went through quickly and after traffic was moving almost immediately. By the time the main group was through and I walked to the nearest bar, they were already in Conca, and by the time I walked to Piazza Duomo they were going through Priano. They were fast!