Plan de Corones plagued by bad weather

Although the road has been finished in time for Wednesday's steep finish to Plan de Corones, there is still some uncertainty as to whether it will be rideable, given the recent wet weather. "The reason is the last two rainy days that slowed down the drying of the special gravel and cement layer," reports local Igor Tavella, who took another trip up the mountain today.

"For the first 1.5 km the riders will have it easier as they will ride on this really hard layer, and after that, in the forest for about 3.5 km with the road unpaved. And if it rains, this will be hard to ride up, as you feel the wheels sinking in by 2-3 mm."

Although Monday should be dry, the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday is for more rain, so it's unknown whether the road will have dried out enough not to make it a quagmire.

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