La Collezione opening , Cambiago

The other Sunday (December 18th) I went to Cambiago , Milan for the afternoon to attend the opening of Sr Ernesto Colnago’s collection at it’s new, publicly accessible home, La Collezione…

I thanked Sr Colnago again, he was in good spirits.

I also thanked Alessandro Brambilla ..

Alessandro Brambilla Colnago

The opening was attended by a small crowd, mainly familiar friendly faces. 2023 will see it open to the public, and become a UN site for World Cycling day.

All the best bikes Sr Colnago produced were there …

Colnago La Collezione launch , Milan

I was fortunate to receive an invite from Sr Ernesto Colnago and his grandson , Alessandro Brambilla , to the launch event in Milan of Sr Colnago’s collection in it’s new home, La Collezione.

La Collezione launch.

Outside I managed to catch Beppe Saronni and Gianni Motta..

I saw Sr Colnago , who was gracious to give me some time…

Ernesto Colnago at La Collezione

I also thanked Alessandro for the invite, seen her with my friend , Masi proprietor Simone…

Alessandro Brambilla Colnago (l) , Simone ‘Masi’ (r)

A sample from La Collezione were on display…

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Rabobank Team Colnago Lux Dream CX

At the beginning of May, I flew to Venice to attend the Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills gravel ride. I took my Colnago Rabonbank Team Lux Dream CX , which I ‘gravel-ised’ with an XTR long cage mtb rear derailleur and a large ratio sprocket cassette.

I turned up at the start point the day before the ride, on Saturday, and was fortunate to bump into some friends .

Davide and Paolo ….

Davide organises the Cicli Eroica cycling club and said there was a club ride that afternoon, and I was welcome to attend . I didn’t bring any ride kit, so I got what I could at one of the event stalls and got ready to roll…

Colnago Rabobank Team Lux Dream CX

At the start of the ride I met a nice couple with some beautiful bikes, a Wilier Triestina made with Columbus MS , one of only two tube sets from Gilco Design…

Wilier Triestina Columbus MS

And a Grandis . An artisan brand from fair Verona, and where Mario Confente started out frame building…

Grandis of Verona

Fine features on the frame, I actually managed to find one myself later in the year…

So, we set off into the Prosecco hills ,

Eroica founder Sr Giancarlo Brocci

It was great to see Eroica founder Sr Giancarlo Brocci and have the honour of riding with him…

Sr Brocci, Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Along the way my chain broke

When I got to a ride stop my photo was taken. When the chain broke, my hand were covered in oil. Not wishing to soil my new kit , I rubbed my hands on my face for a joke. At a later stop I managed to wash my face …

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

Sunday was the main ride, which was through some stunning scenery…

Novo Eroica Prosecco Hills 2022

I look forward to the next time!

Eroica Montalcino 2022

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I went to this at the end of May, and took this Eddy Merckx Professional circa 1982, with a Campagnolo Victory Eroica spec set up (compact type).

Eddy Merckx Professional 1982

It was good to bump into old friends, Eugenio Simoncini was in a bar so we had a Spritz…

E Simoncini

Eugenio is the third generation of his family working in the family company building artisan frames in Tuscany. This ribbed / ‘stellar’ tubed model he silver brazed and finished in cromovelato…

This was his own bike, for the long route, and with an ‘Eroica’ set up…

I also bumped into Libero Colombini , a heroic Eroica veteran , with 12 long route rides under his belt…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I also bumped into Roberto, aka King Carube…

The Colnago stall was good, nice to see the guys. They were kind enough to give some lugs , and a Gilco tube…

The ride start on Sunday…

I chose the 150 km route, and 90 or so into it , I crashed on a gravel descent…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

I got up and carried on, until I came by a man in a van on the road, who was kind enough to put what bandages he had on the wound. Then I carried on to the finish line…

When I finished I got the wound dressed by a kind ambulance crew…

Eroica Montalcino 2022

The right side of the bars suffered a bit of gravel rash unfortunately, but I managed to polish out the brake lever scratches some time later…

My jersey handled the impact the most impressively. It was like nothing happened. I designed it as a Giro D’ Italia Maglia Rosa tribute, and it was made by 3M Caverni from Firenze. Available on pre-order…

Once I was bandaged up, I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon…

Eroica 500 @ Eroica Britannia 2019

I recently attended the U.K. Eroica event , held by Eroica Britannia organisers , the 500 .

Instead of the usual 3 day festival , The Eroica 500 took place for one day only , Sunday the 18th of August , riding out from Bakewell for a scenic 65 mile ride around the surrounding Peak District .

I rode on my circa 1985 Colnago Nuovo Mexico , in the company of legend Doctor D

Eroica globetrotter Mr Amedeo Polito was present , always a pleasure to see , and it was nice to meet the U.K. organisers . True Eroica enthusiasts , they started riding Eroica in Chianti back in 2004 , and managed to secure U.K. rights to run an event in 2016

The region is an excellent choice to host the event , and I look forward to riding the next event .

The start at Bakewell , I managed to be possibly the only one to post there number on the front of jersey , I was always backwards …

I found this on the Eroica 500 gallery

L’Eroica , Gaiole in Chianti , 2018

This years festival was a little different , I got a little ‘behind the scenes’ action .

Instead of riding , I helped my good friend on his stall , and catching up with everyone …

My good friend Beppe , proprietor of the best stall of the festival … here with fellow trader , colleague and friend , Matteo….

Some of the treasure in Beppe and Matteo’s corner …

An Art Decor Colnago C35

A rare Ortelli , made by ex rider Vito Ortelli from Faenza , Vito taught Masi and Cinelli how to build frames …

A Cinelli Pista and Super Corsa …

I also managed to see my friend Paolo at his stall , full of prestige vintage treasure , here with a rare Colnago C35 MTB…

Paolo also had this show stopping Colnago Oval CX ….

And this very rare Colnago Mexico ‘Moscow’ Crono bike , the only Mexico produced with ribs inside chain stays …

plenty of treasure on other stalls in the market too .. like this F Moser Crono

I said ‘Hi!’ to the organisers of Eroica , the founder , Mr Giancarlo Brocci ….

legendary Mr W N Hakateyaman …

Seen again here with my good friend and colleague from Retro Velo Romania , Alexandru

And Mr Amedeo Polito..

Also caught up my friend Joshua , (far right) who has arguably one of the best life / work balances I know , Campagnolo global communications , and who very kindly introduced me to Mr Davide Campagnolo , the third generation of his family running the legendary prestige Italian cycling components brand ….

Joshua also kindly introduced me to the author of legendary derailleur blog http://www.disraeligears.co.uk , Mr Mike Sweatman , with whom my legendary colleague Alexandru had a great chat over beer with …

Alexandru and I working hard …

I also had the pleasure of seeing Mr Marco Gios and his father Aldo , of Gios bikes ,,,

At the Gios stand a new gravel bike was on display , which Marco let me ‘ test ‘ …

Also attending the festivities was the legendary Mr Irio Tommasini …

It was fantastic talking with him ,he spoke of the Super Prestige model , we talked about the Diamanté model with it’s asymmetric Columbus MS tubing , Mr Tommasini also spoke of his regard for U.S.A builder Mr Richard Sachs , and for my friend Simone , Mr Alberto Masi’s frame builder and business partner , I asked if young Simone is “the new Mario Confente” , to which Mr Tommasini replied ” Simone is better, more dynamic ”

This is Simone D’Urbino T’omby , the youngest artisan frame builder in Italy at just 22 , he started learning his trade aged 10 from the late , great , Mr Dario Pegoretti …

The day of the ride , it was raining when we started opening up Beppe’s stall at around 6 am , by around 9 am , things were better ….Even though I was not riding , I still had a great time , down for 2019 Eroica Gaiole certainly .

More photos here and here

Colnago Nuovo Mexico circa ‘85

This is a late example of the legendary Colnago Nuovo Mexico frame set

Has Colnago stamp on the top of the bottom bracket shell …

And rounded Colnago stamped seat stay caps , which post date the first circa ’84 Nuovo Mexico ( flat stamped stay caps )

And the iconic 4 ribbed down tube ….

I source a Campagnolo Rally Triple crank set , as I intended to use the bike on the hills in Chianti , at L’ Eroica Gaiole …

And later found a near mint 2 nd generation Campagnolo Rally Triple rear derailleur …

Bottle cage is Specialities TA , with a white cap …

I used a Concor saddle and high flange hubs on the wheelset

The bike performed really well at Gaiole , with the triple crank set , I didn’t have to walk up any inclines