The Roman Invasion!!!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Journal Post | 8 Comments

As many of you know, we’re in the middle of the olive harvest here in Tuscany. The seasons are changing and it’s getting colder and colder every day. Not much daylight to hang on to for those long rides anymore. That’s why  Nicola Vezzaro and the enthusiasts from Petit Velo got together for their year-end gathering and group ride at Poggio alla Sala, an incredible hotel in the countryside not too far away from my place. Considering that the group consists primarily of Roman residents, they chose Montepulciano as their site of choice to say goodbye to the summer. When I got the invite, I knew I couldn’t refuse.

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 Petit Velo may be based in Rome, but they have supporters and members throughout Italy. Noted names like Cippolini, Bettini, Gimondi and various partners like Rai Sport and Garmin have been involved in the initiatives of Petit Velo for years because they aren’t just a bunch of guys and gals riding bikes. They are truly a different breed of cyclists. Their underlying goals aren’t just to ride in the FIVE STARS LEAGUE (grand fondo participation in the Maratona Dles Dolomites, Nove Colli, Sportful, Gimondi e Pinarello) every year, but to also provide medical support and volunteer time and effort to such non-profit organizations as Operation Smile. The team consists of cyclists who are at the top of their game in the medical field as well. These doctors and the other organizers of the squad  use these events to raise capital for helping out the less fortunate and getting help to others when in need. Truly a caring group of people.

This event was also a benefit to raise money for the non-profit group Oncologia Per L’Africa’s project CANCER DOESN’T DESCRIMINATE (www.afron.org)  . After a great dinner at the restaurant, bidders took to their wallets to see who would take home the magnificent custom work of Dario Pegoretti’s custom road frame and Marco Ricci’s prized carbon Parkpre mtb frame. Needless to say, there were some very happy donors.

After the bidding was done and our plates were cleared, I took off to get a few hours of sleep back home before they boys took me out Sunday morning for a workout.  Due to work, I was only able to make the Sunday morning ride, but the PV team was there since Friday evening to pack in as much riding as possible. As it turns out, I was fortunate to only make the Sunday ride because it took me to the cleaners. My friend Mauro Zanca had to hold my hand for the remaining 10 or so km as my tongue, which was dragging behind me on the asphalt at that point, was really slowing me down. Was it too much Limoncello after the huge dinner? Not enough? Was it the mega- portion of pici al cinghiale that was still rolling around somewhere in the lower extremities? Or was it just my beer-based fitness program that had me on the ropes coming home? Hell if I know, but I was sure glad to get back to the Poggio as I was starting to see little green men in front of my bars coming back in. Bonking aside, we had a great time and I send a heart-felt THANK YOU to the Petit Velo team for including me in their event and for the wonderful time I had. It was a great weekend.

A special thanks also to David Panichi for the photos and lengthy discussion while fielding my flurry of questions regarding  diabetes awareness and the photos from the PV archive. See you all at the Pegoretti Raduno in Caldonazzo!

C'mon, don't be shy...

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8 Comments

  1. Lars Fribo
    October 29, 2011

    Hi.
    do you know how to get info for Pegoretti Raduno in Caldonazzo!
    Like to hear about, was by Dario this summer to pick up a Duende.

    It is not that far from Denmark

    Greatings
    Lars Fribo

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    • darren
      October 29, 2011

      Hi Lars,
      I’m not exactly sure of the date, but it may already be established by the organizers. I’ll ask around and let you know asap.
      Congratulations on your Duende! Looking forward to meeting up.
      darren

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  2. Lars Fribo
    October 30, 2011

    Looking forward
    Lars

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  3. Jeroen
    October 31, 2011

    D!

    Good to see you on a bike! This is actually the first time I saw you on a bike.

    Suites you ;-)

    Nice ride and a nice way of spending the weekend!

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    • darren
      November 2, 2011

      Ha!!! And after that ride, it may be the last!!! :) I’m so outta shape. Need some Dutch single-speeders to come down and get my arse moving!

      Reply
  4. nicola
    November 3, 2011

    Hi Lars! I’m one of the organizers of the first “pegoraduno” in april 2011 and also of the second one….so don’t be shy and write to me…I will be glad to tell you almost everything about the event that “everybody’s waitng for”!!!

    By the way the second edition will be for sure in Caldonazzo…the hometown of Pegoretti Bikes….we don’t estabilshed the date but it will be probably between may and june….stay tuned!

    cheers

    Nicola

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    • Lars Fribo
      November 15, 2011

      Hi Nicola
      Thanks for the reply.
      When you know something more please let me know, would be nice if you also drop the mail to frilum@privat.dk , to make sure I see it

      Greatings
      Lars

      Reply
  5. dududukkkkkkk
    June 13, 2012

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