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THE MARTINI CONNOLLY FAT LADS AT THE BACK ITALIAN TOUR in aid of THE ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY 27.7.16

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CHALLENGE:

Paolo Martini, Brother Roberto Martini and lifelong best friend Andrew (Conno) Connolly are currently cycling the mountains of northern Tuscany for 4 days in aid of the Alzheimers Society.

Follow their hilarious antics (which are mostly, nothing to do with cycling) here!

STATS:

Combined age - 138 years

Combined ‘overweight’ - 5 stones

Combined training regime - 9 weeks.

Conno was only told about it 3 weeks ago.

Conno has never ridden a road bike or worn cycling shoes with cleats before.

Over the 4 days the three amigos plan to ride 255 miles and climb over 21,000 feet.

INTERESTING FACTS:

21,000 feet is 6,000 feet more than Mont Blanc, 500 feet more than Mount Kilimanjaro and  8,000 feet short of the summit of Everest.

COMMENTS FROM THE LADS ON HEARING THE ROUTE:

Rob: (the serious cyclist of the group)

"Are u mad? They're crazy horse shoe figures them! Go to north wales and do a 4000 ft ride which is enough to turn ur d*ck & b*lls inside out, then think about doubling it, then think about doing it again the very next day. I don’t think that’s happening”

Conno:

“I’ve contacted Easyjet for a refund on my flights.”

Paolo:

“To be fair to Rob we did climb 4,000 feet last Sunday over the Horse Shoe pass near Llangollen and he has a point! My gonads are still like chestnuts. Little chestnuts.”

Still not impressed, read on.  They 3 reckon they will be drunk on wine and Peroni for at least 2/5ths of the route. So please give generously.

https://www.justgiving.com/Susan-Martini1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Susan-Martini1&utm_campaign=pfp-email

Sponsored by; Uber Taxis Italia. ItaliaRail. AnalCare.co.uk

 

A NOTE FROM THE TEAM LEADER Paolo Martini

First, just watch this video for 2 minutes and you will get a feel of what we are trying to achieve. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8a2-ah1V50

Just £5 will do.

The lads on the video are ex pro’s, as skinny as flip and are cycling with support. Rob, Conno and I only have each others backsides to keep us inspired and motivated.

And just think, we’re doing this ride NOW as you're reading this. 

Useful facts:

This is one of THE classic all Italian mountain rides

San Pelligrino is at the top of my Dad’s mountain

There is a saint in a glass coffin which is very nice to see

It is 16 miles all up hill from my Dad’s house

After San Pelligrino we have a further 69 miles to cycle

10 of those miles are uphill

Yesterday we cycled from Pisa to my Dad’s house, which is 56 miles and nearly 4,000 feet climb. That’s 400 feet higher than Mt Snowdon. 

In truth we don’t think doing the San Pelligrino will be the biggest challenge. We think that will come tomorrow when we wake up at 6:30 am and have to get back on our bikes and ride up and over the L'uomo Morto Alpi Apuane. I dread to think how my body will feel when my mobile telephone alarm goes off. 

Check it out on the net. This climb is1,000 feet higher and10 miles longer (86 miles) than San Pelligrino. Half way is the exclusive resort of Forte Dei Marme and we will be able to se my Dad’s house across the valley. 

We have selected this route because we take in the quarry of Carrara, from where Michelangelo selected his marble for David, undoubtedly the most famous sculpture in the history of mankind. We’ll be in the saddle for 10 hours and we may run out of daylight so we reserve the right to catch the train home or as near to home as we can get. 

On Saturday we’re back on our bikes for the ride back to Pisa, another 56 miles and perversely yet another 2,000 feet of climbing. How unfair is that?!

So come on guys. Support me. and if you know anybody that has got a few quid forward them this link

https://www.justgiving.com/Susan-Martini1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Susan-Martini1&utm_campaign=pfp-email