In Italy, it’s not all abut the bike

In Italy, it’s not all abut the bike

First in a series by Kieran Andrews originally published in 2011 for the Peterborough Cycling Club.

I hate to say it but Armstrong was right (really, it pains me). It is not about the bike. Well, not all of it anyway. You see, we went to Italy with a group of local riders to cycle the high passes of the Dolomites and the historic climbs of Lombardy. The riding was exceptional (…and I will have more to write about that in the weeks to come) but almost more powerful was spending two weeks in a part of the world where people have cared deeply about their communities for hundreds of years. So today I find myself thinking not about cycling in Italy but about doorways and alleyways.

 

It was my hope to post from Italy but in the end I was too engrossed in the place to spend time on my computer. Not to mention that each day on the bike left me grovelling. In the end I think it best that I have saved all these thoughts so I can write while I have time and energy to reflect. At least that is what I tell myself now that I am home and feeling guilty.

…And I brought myself home a little project. Cerchi Ghisallo is a third generation wooden rim manufacturer based just down the street from the Madona di Ghisallo. Every year for almost 100 years the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Lombardy have gone right past their door. I could not pass up the opportunity to get myself a little piece of Italian cycling history. Now, I just need to start building …which will be worthy of a story or two.