Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Mainheim Colossus in Spain.

Rudi Altig relaxing with his love for yoga.
From: 'An Intimate Portrait of the Tdf.'


German rider, Rudi Altig was one tough cookie. In Germany he dominated track racing, in the 1950's, when track riding was so popular. He was known for his very strong athletic build which he often practice yoga before and after races. From 1959 to 1961 he was world pursuit champion winning 22 six day races. Highly successful, he turned road professional in 1960. 

In 1962 he joined the St. Raphael team as a super domestique to leader Jacques Anquetil. The team entered that year's Vuelta a Espana with Anquetil eyeing the overall. The Mainheim Colossus was incredible beating favorite Master Jacques  in the San Sebastian time trial. Anquetil was shocked and upset that he was beaten. Altig was so dominate he won a total of three stages;  the overall and points classification. Anquetil had to drop out of the race, defeated. "Jacques was so angry that he asked me to make sure Altig raced on an ordinary bike and not on an ultra-light machine he could get some benefit from," director sportif Raphael Geminiani revealed years later. 

Since that major win, Altig did very well in the Tour de France & Giro d'Italia benefiting from his natural strength to win many stage victories!

Naturally gifted & tough as nails, Rudi Altig excelled at one day races. During his career, he won the Tour of Flanders & Milan San Remo!
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Inset image: The St. Raphael team. Altig is first from left and Master Jacques is fourth from right.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

The confusing colors of the Vuelta.

Robert Millar wearing the mountain jersey back in 1986 Vuelta. The only Tour he never claimed the KOM's.
From: 'In Search of Robert Millar.'

It will change to:

Mountain 'coffee bean' jersey sponsored by Cafe du Columbia, 1989.
Won by: Oscar Vargas


Ever wonder what the different jerseys of the Vuelta are? I have, just because I knew very little of it. The Tour & Giro often take precedent in terms of their importance. And because of it, I''ve always held a fascination for this race. The Vuelta a España marks the final Grand Tour of the season and I'm going to 'attempt'  to shed some light on the classification jersey's. 

Since it's debut, back in 1935, the 'Jersey de Oro(gold jersey) symbolizes the overall leader. And now the confusion begins. The other jersey's have changed off and on with the passing of the years and I don't know why. 
The sprinter's jersey is called, 'Jersey Rojo(red) for that race's best sprinter. From  2004-2006, was one of my favorite jersey's, a blue jersey with yellow fish! At the time, this wonderful jersey was sponsored by Spain's fishing and marine industry. Refreshing  yet different. The mountain jersey was the iconic polka-dots but reverse with white dots on red. However, it changed again, in 2004 as the best grimpeur wore a solid red jersey. Last year's mountain jersey was a boring off shade of grey. Interestingly, previous mountain jersey's was the cool Cafe du Columbia sponsored;  brown coffee beans on white. Making one crave a nice double shot espresso! Other specialty jersey's are the neo-pro with it's various incarnations: dark blue, light blue,  blue polka-dot on white jersey and even pink? How about the best all-rounder classification depicting a white jersey like the Best Young Rider at the Tour de France?

One of my favorites.
The sprinter's fish jersey from 2004-2006. 2006 winner; Thor Hushovd.

Confused? I still am. One can be certain, the  Jersey de Oro remains the same as the other jersey's will change. And that's why the Vuelta fascinates me, it remains the same while never the same year after year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thinkin' of the Vuelta.

The Spanish bull awaits.
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The Vancouver weather has been, let's put it crappy, and when I found a break in the dreariness off I went for a nice spin. Rain and grey in Summer?  I couldn't help but think of this Saturday's start of the 63rd Vuelta a España. All eyes will be looking to sunny Granada with the team time trial.

The mighty Astana machine comes rolling in with Alberto Contador as main favorite for the overall. Can a hat-trick be forthcoming? The young twenty-five year old Contador has already two Tours under his hat; 2007 Tour de France & the 2008 Giro d'Italia. With Denis Menchov deciding not to defend his title, Contador has hungry sharks like 2008 Tour victor, Carlos Sastre eager to provide a good fight. The other  could come from within his team: Levi Leipheimer could take it away 'if' Contador falters. But, the unified Astana team will ride for the young Spaniard. They have placed the Vuelta as target number one to win it. And the Spaniard winning on his home soil is good enough reason. Lots of if's and but's as swirling Spanish winds start to blow. Other sharks I like are Yaroslav Popovych(Silence-Lotto) and Damiano Cunego(Lampre). They both dearly want to improve from their luckless Tour de France and maybe just maybe put a dent on the overall. Both guys are capable.

Now, with the writing on the wall, could it be that Contador is too good not to finish first and the rest will fight for second place? Time will tell as Spanish fans' eyes are smiling!

Monday, August 25, 2008

"As long as I breathe, I attack."

www.opsalsport.com


Probably the most famous documented quote  from five-time Tour de France winner, Bernard Hinault. I received the very nice Opsal Sport t-shirt from my brother as a birthday gift. 
The badger was respected and most of all... feared by many riders for his volatile temperament. Often appearing arrogant to the cycling public, he once said, "I race to win, not to please people." 

Truly individualistic and one of the great Tour heroes!

That familiar menacing look. 
His first win; the 1978 Tour de France.
The badger turns on the screws against; (l to r) Agostinho & Zoetemelk.
From: 'The official Tour de France.'

Shoulder detail proudly displaying the Flandrian Lion!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dante Fornelli's Colnago Olimpionico Pista.


1960 Rome Olympics.
The Italian pursuit team charging towards another gold cycling medal.
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Today is the last day of the Olympics and I'd like to honor it with this eye catching 1960 Olympic track bike. Greg sent me this very cool 1959 Colnago, model Super Frecchia Olimpionico Pista article. 

What a beautiful steel Colnago built for Italian rider, Dante Fornelli for the 1960 Rome Olympics. Unfortunately, Fornelli was injured and could not participate. In his place, Sante Gaiardoni won two gold medals in the 1000m time trial & Sprint events. The Italians dominated the cycling events winning seven medals!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Celebrating a fourth place victory!


Riding well & looking strong in the Olympic MTB race.
Catharine Pendrel keeps up the pace in Beijing.
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Marie Helene Premont dropped out of the Olympic x-cross country race after the second lap. It seemed Canada's medal hopes were dashed, or was it? Enter the plucky Catharine Pendrel, having won her last World Cup race early August in Bromont, Quebec tore up the course to finish a strong fourth. With so many top athletes going for the medals, Pendrel made us think again how finishing outside the medals can be a personal victory...

"Irina (Kalentieva) and I were together for most of the last lap. There was one little 'popper' climb before the final desent, and I made an error there. I tried to downshift to my granny gear on the steepest part, and had to put my foot down, and that's when she got by me. It hurts, but it's still a fantastic ride for me, and I feel that I didn't lose third, I won fourth."

I love her attitude!

Greg, the marathon & lovable dogs.

Greg and his Norco carbon.

I reconnected with an old friend today. And, we haven't seen each other in some eighteen years. Greg and I literally bumped into each other  just a few days ago. This morning we went for a nice spin  around Chinatown, the University and Kerrisdale. Pleasant morning and a nice excursion with gentle hills thrown in for good measure, the expresso didn't hurt either.  It's good to see an old friend again and I believe it happens for a reason. I look forward to more rides with him.

Coke's and a big smile!
The great Frank Shorter about to win the 1972 Olympic marathon.
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I've ran two marathon's in my life and deeply respect it along with the runners that inspire it. I'm watching the gruelling 2008 Olympic marathon and can't help but think of a particular story related to American Frank Shorter's pre-race preparation. The evening before the 1972 Munich marathon, Frank Shorter spent the time taking the fizz out of his Coca-Cola. It worked. And he won the gold medal in 2 hours 12 minutes 19 seconds! Talk about, 'have a Coke and a smile!'


I love dogs and as an inspiring future owner checked out a dog festival over at Vancouver's Westend. Many dogs were there. And I thought this most interesting. This blindfolded girl is being shown the capabilities of a guide dog.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Climbing Gold Mountain


Premont at this years World Cup meet at Andorra.
At Beijing, I believe she'll climb her gold mountain.


Canadian, Marie Helene Premont will line up on Friday's Olympic mountain bike course looking to via for the gold. She's the current World Cup leader and very capable of going all the way. I like her moxy, she's determined and very strong. Premont says that the steep hills of the Laoshan Olympic course is to her liking. One things for sure the notorious pollution and smog will challenge all the riders. Whatever happens, she'll go for it. The only way she knows how!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hans Colnago Master X-Light has just checked in!

His Master has landed! 
Images proudly by Hans.

Hans finally received his stunning  Colnago Master X-Light frame & steel fork. I'm glad for him as it took longer than expected to get it. Italian made and beautiful, I've only seen the images he sent me. Now it's at a local bike shop awaiting the parts to make it complete. Flashy and classy right to the finish, Beppe Saronni would stand proud.  

The year was 1982,  Saronni rode for the kitchen manufacturer, Del Tongo winning the Tour de Suisse, Giro di Lombardia and the World's at Goodwood, England. This Master X-Light was made in honor of his great wins and his fine World Championship victory. 

Hans emailed me and said that he can't wait to ride it. Lucky for me, I may get a chance... too! 




On his Master.
Inset image: Beppe Saronni raises his arms in victory as he takes the 1982 World Championship road race, Goodwood, England.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

True Blue. Neo Primato, Azzurro Ferretti

De Rosa's Neo Primato Azzuro Ferretti. Bringing back a new supremacy!


When I first saw the Neo Primato, 'New Supremacy' by famous Italian framebuilder De Rosa... I salivated. I had to have a bib on. It was almost embarrassing. But, after I got a hold of myself I realized that De Rosa offers this beautiful steel gem in three historical team inspired color choices; Red-Faema, black-Kas, and my favorite; blue-Azzurro Ferretti

A little blue background...

Italian pro team Ferretti operated from 1969-1972 and had their share of top riders. The Swedish Pettersson brothers were amazing. With Gösta Pettersson notably winning the 1971 Giro d'Italia. Also, Italo Zilioli's fine victory in the 1971 Tirreno-Adriatico. 
And long considered in Italy as a campionissimo,  Gianni Motta entered the squadra in 1972. Team Ferretti wanted the great Motta to hopefully revive his past winning ways .. but to no avail. He won many races; 1964 Tour of Lombardy, 1966 Giro, 1967 Tour of Switzerland, 1966, '71 Tour of Romandie. In 1967, the naive Motta  entrusted himself to an eccentric doctor to follow an insane training program of the American astronauts. It never worked. His only season with Ferretti brought Motta  close coming in second in Milan-San Remo. However, Ferretti officials also knew that if Motta couldn't win then he would at least bring cachet.


If anything, the De Rosa Neo Primato, brings back that certain cachet. Prestigious riders coupled with  a great cycling past. And I have to admit that I love that inspiring sea blue color!

Campionissimo's times two.
The 1972 Giro: Gimondi chased by Motta.
From: The Fabulous world of cycling.
   
Swedish Brothers' act.
The Pettersson brothers from 1970 with their Ferretti blue bikes.

Inset image: 1972, Gianni Motta posing beside his azzurro blue.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

El Galleta...the Biscuit

Three of my favorite grimpeurs from the 1983 Giro.
(left to right): Lucien Van Impe(green KOM jersey) was chased for the Mountain Classification from Alberto 'the biscuit' Fernandez and Mario Beccia.
From: 'Tour 83'


After riding in the muggy heat of this morning, I limped home drained, exhausted but happy. It was a killer of a day over 30 C with humidity. Call it masochostic. I rode up the hills in and around scenic University of British Columbia. It's probably due to the Tour win of Spain's Carlos Sastre that encouraged me to climb the hills and it made me think of another fine Spanish climber from the eighties...

His name was Alberto Fernandez. Nicknamed, 'el Galleta...the Biscuit.' He was from Aguilar de Campoo, Spain where it's well known for their biscuit factories. I love the nickname.

Twenty five years ago, in 1983, he rode for the understated Gemaez Cusin Zor Rossin team and perhaps had his finest season. Did he ever ride the Tour? Yes, in 1982 for the Teka team, riding to a fine 10th overall. The Biscuit was a capable all rounder and like many of his countryman was pretty good when the roads turned upwards. In 1976, as an amateur he won the Spanish Mountain bike Championships. In the 1983 Giro he bounced back with two stage victories(6 & 17) with a podium finish of third overall. He came in second place in the KOM competition duking it out with the great climber, Lucien Van Impe. It just kept getting better, the Gemeaz team won the overall team classification. An utterly fantastic Giro performance for the young Spaniard. Afterwards, a strong 3rd overall with a stage win in the Vuelta and a 19th in the Super Prestige Pernod would cap off a successful 1983 season.

He looked forward to 1984 hinting to improve upon his promising 1983 season. He was getting ever closer with a superb 2nd overall in the Vuelta d'Espagne. The season looked hopeful. But, tragedy struck and on December 14th he and his wife were killed in an automobile accident.

Alberto Fernandez, who was a rising cycling talent, was cut short in his prime. He was 29 years young!

Fantastico! Giro d'Italia, 1983.
Fernandez flashes two fingers for his second stage win!
From: 'Tour 83'

(Inset image): His fateful last season in 1984.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

That burnin' feeling


My left arm with cycling tan.


The weather's turning very hot here in Vancouver with not a break in site. At least for the next three days temps are expecting to reach somewhere in the low 30's, that's Celcius! The other day as I left for an early ride, around 9 am, I didn't put on any sun lotion. And you know that burnin' feeling when the skin starts to tingle. It did. I purposely set out early to avoid the climbing temperatures but the sun's intensity  got a hold of my arms, literally.

I don't mind the weather but I'll spread some sun lotion on the next time I jump on the bike!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Canadian gold goes to ... Cervélo?

Canada's first gold?
Not to take anything from American Kristin Armstrong's great victory, but she did win on a Cervélo! 


With talk in the Canadian media concerning the country's ZERO medals, we Canucks can finally be happy. Yes,  Canadian bike manufacturer, Cervélo won the country's first gold medal in the Women's Time Trial. American Kristin Armstrong took the gold on a ... Cervélo. 

Of course, that's only if we can convince the IOC that a  bicycle can win the coveted medal!

Svein's 'tough' message...

 Svein Tuft was tough with his amazing 7th ride. 
A symbolic message is revealed on his inside arm.


An interesting message on the arm of Canada's Svein Tuft revealed, 'We will never be here again.'
Poignant and definitely the catch phrase for an electric ride which resulted in his amazing 7th place today.  In close with fellow Olympic time trialists'- Mick Rogers(8th), Sammy Sanchez(6th), Cadel Evans(5th), Alberto Contador(4th), Levi Leipheimer(bronze), Gustave Larsson(silver), and gold medalist  Fabian 'the new Mr. Chrono' Cancellara. Canadian, Ryder Hesjedal rode well finishing in a solid sixteenth and looked strong throughout.  

Superwoman with a super ride,  women's TT.

The ageless, Jeannie Longo finished in 4th, a second shy of bronze!

French Superwoman Jeannie Longo nearly misses by a second for the bronze as the ageless 49 year old finished in 4th. I hope to see her line up in London to again show those young riders a thing or two. Gives us older riders a cause for celebration!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Reminiscing...


I was going through my old photos and dug  up a  picture  of me taken from my brother. This was 1989,  Vancouver  one and a half years  following my move from Edmonton. And that's my trusty Marinoni,  fairly new only  two years old. 
Could it be that today my wife and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary? Or that today I bumped into an old friend from that same time.  I  felt a little pain of nostalgia when I looked at the photo.  I can't believe it's been nineteen years ago. It reminds me of  when I was, of course, younger and in pretty good shape. Funny how we are all condition to think that youth=health. 

One thing I'm sure of.  Today, I've  never felt happier when I'm on my Marinoni...  my simple daily pleasure that started over twenty years ago.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A battle of attrition and worthy conquerors.

A great win by the Great Wall.
Sammy Sanchez(far left) puts the hammer down to Olympic glory. 
Rebellin(silver) and Cancellera(bronze) dragged themselves in for the next medals.

"It feels like like you have a hot cream all over your body."  Juan Jose Haedo, DNF.

After watching both Men's & Women's Olympic road race I was simply... exhausted. It's definitely the year of Spain and they were  the stars once again! Climber, Sammy Sanchez with help from his conquistadors  proved that to win you must have a strong team. They did. However, the real challenge was from the big three; heat, humidity and haze. I have high admiration for the riders who endured the oppressive Chinese heat. The heat was so bad, Olympic course officials  set up  a "shower zone" to help fight off the sauna-like conditions. Special kudos go to the Canadians; Ryder Hesjedal(56th), Michael Barry(9th) and Sven Tuft(59th)  for their fine performances.

"I wasn't expecting rain. Sometimes I felt like I was actually drowning!"  Emma Johansson, Silver medal.

I'll call her, "the monster." Huge respect for Welshwoman, Nicole Cooke who did what she wanted to do, win the gold medal. Both men's and woman's road race ended on an uphill sprint. And, both times it ended  in excitement. The weather for the woman's final was a sharp contrast to the men's sauna-like final. It was pouring buckets. Looking  like a typical winter day in Vancouver. During the last meters I thought Cooke was losing site  of the group but she pulled it all together and gutted it out for a memorable victory. I liked the gallant last lap attack from 19 year old, Russian Natalia Boyarskaya. She showed a gutsy move as she counter-attack with some 50 kilometers left. 

The awful weather conditions for both races were really the big factor. The rain soaked roads turned into a skating rink. Just asked, unlucky Canadian and medal hopelful, Alexandra Wrubleski. She crashed with another rider and lost time on a sharp slippery turn waiting for a replacement bike. She finished 50th. The heavy rain and descending included another hazard. Wet riders + cold = shivering cyclists. Uncomfortable working conditions to be sure.


Nicole Cooke sprints for gold.
Swede, Johansson(left, silver) followed in by Italy's Guderzo(right, bronze).
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Correction from Tony Hoar, la Lanterne Rouge!

That's Freddy Krebs not Tony Hoar who eventually abandoned on stage 11, 1955 Tour.
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As I'm watching the men's olympic road race and cheering on the Canadian team, I was pleasantly directed to an email from the famous Lantern Rouge of the 1955 Tour de France, Tony Hoar!

He corrected me on the above image is that of former teammate, Freddy Krebs not himself and that Tony rode for the Hercules team during his only year as a pro back in 1955. I want to thank Tony for this as sometimes I'm not always as accurate as I think I am. And come to think of it, it's nice to be humbled by a famous former Tour rider!


Here's the original post.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Marinoni; Italian classic

The artisian at work.
Giuseppe Marinoni personally hand paints all his frames.
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The other night I watched a fine program called, 'Les Pros du Vélo.' Profile on two professional Quebec cyclists: Dominique Perras, Audrey Lemieux and frame builder extraordinaire, Giuseppe Marinoni.

He's 71 now, in good shape and rides daily on his traditional, what appears to be a steel frame with down tube shifters. "The biggest pleasure is on my bike. I don't feel my age," said the positive Marinoni. Growing up in the Bergamo region of northern Italy, he practiced riding up the foothills of the Alps. In Milan he took a apprenticeship from Mario Rossin, the top frame builder of Colnago. And in the 1960's he raced for the Italian team which paid an important visit to Quebec. He met Simone, married her and emigrated to Canada. Always the racer he competed at the Tour de St. Laurent(1965), and entered the gruelling 2200 km, 20 stage, Matane to Quebec City amateur race. Only to abandon at Trois Rivières.

In 1974, he opened up shop, in Terrebonne, to build custom Italian bikes for the North American market. And success grew. He made several bikes for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. And soon word of mouth spread and his wonderful hand made Italian bikes were made for greats; Gord Singleton, Joceyln Lovell and Steve Bauer. Canadian cyclists weren't the only ones to benefit from his fantastic machines. Famous riders, Connie Carpenter, Beth Heiden and Andy Hampsten rode his bikes labelled with other names of manufacturers. With hardly any advertising, folks would still search him out and come to him in droves for his beautiful hand made bikes. That was back then, and it hasn't changed today.

Giuseppe Marinoni continues to personally hand paint every one of his frames. His wife, Simone does the decaling. "Most artisians stop making bikes because they know the name means nothing without the experience that's in their own hands," Marinoni said.

Back in the 1980's, I for one never heard of him(I'll blame it on lack of advertising) but the cycling club I rode for knew. As I learned of him my interest grew and then I was measured for my Marinoni. As soon as I got on, I knew it, and I never looked back. The craftsmanship is incredible and it rides so well. It still does, today. I'd like to go meet the great man responsible for my beloved Marinoni ... and you know, pickup a second one!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Fighting, riding strong, going for it."

One last time with Bauer Power!
Steve on his way to 41st in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic road race.


With the Olympics about to take the world stage, I can't help but think about Steve Bauer's last ride. The 1996 Canadian road team consisted of leader; Bauer, Eric Wolhberg, Gord Fraser, Jacques Laundry, and twenty year old Michael Barry.

At the 1996 Olympics, held in sticky, humid conditions in Atlanta was the second and last time Steve Bauer would don on the maple leaf. His first time, 1984 Los Angeles, was my highlight reel moment when he almost won the gold within metres. An herculean effort only to claim the silver medal and put Canada on the cycling map. Bauer was our cycling pioneer, ready to take Canada through the uncharted world of professional cycling. With his high achievements; 11 Tours, finishing 9, Maillot Jaune wearer for 14 days is the best Canadian placing ever. And how about that close second in the 1990 Paris-Roubaix? Ironically, he was cheered on by many international fans, it's crazy to think he was bigger outside Canada but that's where he made his mark. However, on this humid Olympic day almost 222 kms in length the battle on the roads claimed many; 193 started, 116 finished. All the Canucks finished with team leader Bauer the top maple leaf back in 41st. Swiss, Pascal Richard took the gold.

Bauer, the living legend was 37 years old but he finished as a professional and with a long cycling career. "I kept trying. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I came here to do something good. This is pretty serious, and a very high level. It's not very much fun. It's a hard sport. It's a painful sport," Bauer plainly said. This race was his swan song capping a fine professional cycling career. With an even finer silver medal performance from Los Angeles.

Michael Barry will line up for Canada at the 2008 Olympics. No longer that fresh face kid in Atlanta. And, you know he'll go into the race motivated ... with a little Bauer Power!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My retro look back with an Italian classic.

My retro two pack; yellow & blue stripes of the 1984 Metauro Mobili Pinarello wool jersey, with my black 1987 Columbus SL Marinoni.
Image by yours truly.


Today was the first time, in my recollection, that I pulled out my Metauro Mobili Pinarello wool jersey from out of the closet. The morning started out sunny only 13 degree Celsius as I contemplated using the wool jersey and leg & arm warmers. I was right. It was cool enough for wool. In fact, wool is a wonderful natural fibre, it keeps you warm in winter and comfortable when the temperatures climb. A cool breeze was blowing and the jersey kept me comfortable and I was proud to show it off. I pulled on the size four Italian jersey and it still fit well. The memories instantly came flooding back as I remember picking up this beautiful jersey at Cicli Pinarello in Treviso, Italy. Meeting the famous frame builder, Giovanni Pinarello was a very big thrill and to honor that I just had to have a team jersey. The yellow & blue stripes hooked me. That was back in 1984.

Italian professional cycling team, Metauro Mobili Pinarell0 ran for three years: 1982, 1983 and 1984. A solid cycling team with big names: Lucien Van Impe, Johan Van der Velde, Flavio Zappi, Marco Groppo ... to name a few. The team, of course, used Pinarello SLX steel bikes. And they competed successfully in the Tour and Giro winning their share of glory; Lucien Van Impe won twice the KOM jersey in the 1982-83 Giro. KOM jersey in the 1983 Tour. Marco Groppo won the Young Jersey classification in the 1982 Giro.


A superb team it was!

Leaders of the pack.
The classy Metauro Mobili jersey of the 1984 Giro d'Italia. (left to right) Johan Van derVelde(5th overall) & team leader, Belgian national champion Lucien Van Impe(7th overall) on the good-looking Pinarello's beside Maglia Rosa and eventual winner, Francesco Moser.
From: 'Tour 84.'

Friday, August 1, 2008

Up on the Bianchi Dolomiti!

When you think of the Italian Dolomites, how about the famed Passo Gardena?
I can just see  Fausto Coppi on his beloved Bianchi scaling up the beautiful Dolomites. He would be so envious!


One hundred and twenty-four year old bike manufacturer, Bianchi is planning to launch for 2009, a retro beauty called, 'The Dolomiti.' A chrome-lugged celeste painted, steel frame complete with retro 50's Bianchi logo's! Apparently, Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed will be the offered gruppo.
I checked the price and one could  'fork' over around $2100.00 USD(frame & carbon fork only). The popular  steel fork may be offered. And it should be. No respecting steel frame should  be seen without one!

I've already started to sock away money for my steel bike fund.  But for now, I'm showing  a hint of a grin that yet another established Italian frame builder is providing a steel racer in their lineup. As far as I know, the other one is rival, De Rosa with  their knockout the,  'Neo Primato!'

There seems to be more choices out there as Bianchi moves into the steel market. The classic Italian. I'm cheering with the azzurri,  I couldn't be happier! 

The 'Dolomiti.'
From: http://italiancycyclingjournal.blogspot.com
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