July 2002 — Naturns to Meran
We see churches and castles with waterfalls. At the top of the paved climb we are back on the trail racing through a restaurant (?!). We begin to see familiar faces, people are polite and let us pass on the technical descent. We notice that the Brits, Dan & Dominic, are moving smoothly and rapidly on the descents. We tell them to be vocal if they need us out of their way as we don't want to slow their progress or fun. We now are negotiating some rocky tight singletrack, with staircases and switchbacks.
We traverse on singletrack across the mountain high above Meran and then we are blitzing down the promenade in front of scores of people Whoa.... Trying to keep speed in check and hope everybody holds position. More short uphills through villas drop into a switchback trail and then on to a full-tilt on flat dirt road/path to the finish line in Meran.
— Brett Wolfe, MountainZone.com Correspondent