Posts Tagged ‘italia’

Giro D’Italia. 1991. Passo Pordoi.

June 10, 2011

Two stunning photographs of the Passo Pordoi.

The portrait shot is surreal, the mountains actually look like they have been painted in. Amazing.

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Beauty in an Aero Colnago.

October 7, 2010

Colnago Crono Oro. Italy, 1992

Professional time trial bike from Colnago with carbon monocoque frame finished in clear coat and yellow. Equipped with Campagnolo C-Record Colnago C35 group, ITM Krono bar/stem, Selle Bassano Colnago saddle, Colnago disc wheels 700/650 rims, Vittoria tubular tires.

Seen at Speedbicycles, where you can also peep this 1945 Stucchi… just take a look at the craftmanship on the headtube. Talk about artisan.

L’Eroica 2010. Spinwell for Le Coq Sportif.

October 5, 2010

What a weekend. Unbelievable, awesome, rad, mega, ace!

Having never been to L’Eroica and only having seen pictures on the internet I didn’t fully know what to expect but what came was among the best all-round cycling experience I have ever encountered. The atmosphere the whole weekend was electric, where 3000 like minded, fanatical individuals descend upon Gaiole in Chianti for two days of pure cycling nostalgia. Woolen jerseys and steel bikes aplenty, any man interested in the traditions of the cycle race can certainly find his fill here.

Day one on Saturday sees the flea market come into town, I say flea market it is a great big cycle jumble in English terms. Stretched out either side of Gaiole’s main road this jumble is big and not only is it big, it is good, very good. Everything you ever needed for your period build and all the accompaniments to go with it can be found here. Even the rarest of the rare is on the tables, it seems that the cream of Italy’s cycle merchandise dealers have landed in Chianti for the day to bless all of the hungry with their wares. You simply do not get a selection this good in the U.K.

If you are unhappy to ogle pantographed cranks and embroidered jerseys all day then you can visit the museum, where books, posters, videos and actual race bikes will greet you. Maybe taste and buy some local meat, fresh pasta, wine made in these hills, the food here is, well it’s just the absolute epitome of rustic goodness. This is, after all a cycling ‘holiday’ so it must be approached as such, take your time, see the sights, chat to the locals and the not so locals. Sometimes trying to speak to someone about your passion for cycles and cycling can be tiresome, remember though that every one here, each of the 3000 are more than happy to exchange verses on the virtue of the spoked wheel and tubed frame for they too are here for the exact reason you are.

The evenings see most people go off to their hotels or chalets to eat food and wine bought that day but we saw Le Coq’s Citroen HY van, looking fabulous in red, white and blue crank up the soundsystem for a grappa fuelled ipod party, but not after food with the stars. A sit down dinner with speeches from Italy’s cycling greats, it was like come dine with me with Fausto Coppi, yes, these were very old men.

Day two sees the cycle race along the fabled white gravel roads and Le Coq Sportif, my hosts, did a perfect job of organising cycles for everyone ( I rode a Campagnolo equipped 1977 Paletti ) and the registration procedure was just seamless. You need a number on your back, one on your bike and a stamp card and you are good to go, good to enter ‘race mode’ or ‘sportif mode’ for a day jam packed full of excitement and surprise. Depending on how your legs feel you can choose to ride either 38km, 75km, 135km or 205km but every one will be as pleasurable an experience as the next. Should you have any technical difficutlies someone will be along to help you out soon enough, such is the kinship on the road.

The roads ridden upon are made up of mainly white gravel paths called the Strade Bianche, fairly narrow in width and rutted like an ice ravaged mountain pass these roads are not to be taken softly. I have never ridden them but I can only imagine it to be like the cobbled straights of the paris-roubaix. Hang on tight, it’s going to get bumpy!

Along your way you will find a handful of food stops fully stocked up with local edible delights and alcohol too should you have the stomach.

Is it a race? Is is a ride? Who knows? But there are all levels out on the road, from the locals who hurtle past you and the vintage service car in front like a roller coaster coach direct and unrelenting to 90 year old men in full woolen suits being pushed up hills by boys half their age. This ‘race’ is legendary and I now know what the fuss is about. The moment tickets go on sale next year, I am buying one, or two.

Big thanks go to:
L’Eroica.
All the team at Le Coq Sportif. Check out their blog.
Matthew Sparkes of the Guardian
Andrew and Phillip Diprose the brothers of The Ride Journal.
The lovely gents from Hanon shop
And everyone else involved. Thank you!

Find many, many more L’Eroica images on the S P I N W E L L Flickr spot.

L’Eroica.

September 27, 2010

I am going to L’Eroica next weekend to do some work for Le Coq Sportif. I am riding the 74km route mostly on white gravel roads and I have a bike there waiting for me. I wonder what it will be? The De Rosa above should suffice.

My excitement is becoming almost unbearable. More info on my travels to this weekend’s L’Eroica to come.

Giro 91.

January 28, 2010

Posted a link to these pics last week from the brilliant La Gazzetta della Bici but the link alone did them no justice so here I include a few more pics for you.

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Gios Love.

November 12, 2009

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San Marco Regal’e’.

November 3, 2009

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It made history even before it was born.

It is the REGALe, “e” means evolution of a model that doesn’t need presentations. Indeed, the new saddle is founded on the known REGAL, born during the seventies and used by the greatest riders as Cipollini, Boonen, McEwen, LeMonde and Chiappucci. Classical inspiration, ultra-modern performances.

Always loved the original Regal although having never owned one myself. Now this rather updated version looks great and no doubt much lighter than it’s older brother, if that sort of thing bothers you ( Hardy ).

Seen here among the San Marco 2010 Collezione.

Real CMX.

October 27, 2009

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Spotted at Rotterdam Fixed.

1989 Paletti Cronos.

October 20, 2009

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Last week I said I would post pics of either the Bottechia Equipe or the Ciocc San Crisoball but no… I chose this beauty instead. A 1989 Paletti Cronos complete with Modolo braking equipment and an Assos chainset I have never seen before. I am loving the profile of those tubes too, proper early aero!

Found at Ray Dobbins amazing Gallery space.

Dodici.

October 16, 2009

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Attention to detail – I love it!

See more of these great looking frames right here at Dodici… oh and they have a shop opening soon, good work guys.

Mo Wilier.

September 29, 2009

I know I said I would be posting a De Rosa today but my mind has wandered, wandered specifically over to this:

Kind of a repost but it is all in the details!

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Man that plating has me dazed like a rabbit in the headlights… someone please put me out of my misery!

De Rosa Appreciation.

August 17, 2009

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“The dropout treatment, with the red paint, the white pinstriping and the chromed borders and faces, is very detailed and fancy. But in the context of the entire frame, it becomes a flourish which enhances the look of the entire bike in a subtle way. The more I consider this paint scheme, the more I appreciate it.”

Colnago Seriousness.

July 31, 2009

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Seen here.

Vintage Hotness.

July 14, 2009

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This Berlin based fellow has a collection of bikes that is sicker than most, seriously he has some killer bicycles and I would potentially do ( almost ) anything for the chromed out C.B.T Italia he has… Ouch!

Go check out his steez as he individually details each of his bikes with a whole bunch of photographs, which is nice.

Many thanks to Kris for the linky.


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