Friday File: Bicycling Magazine, Pain of Sormano, Monsieur Marchand & Looking Forward to the Weekend.

Brits Winter Cycling Cap...
on Bicycling Magazine's, 
The 12 Stylish Caps
courtesy Bicycling Magazine.

Friday File opens with wonderful news...

I'm very proud and extremely happy to announce our,

Brits 100% wool winter cycling cap is feature in Bicycling Magazine's, 'The 12 Stylish Caps'! I want to thank Jennifer Sherry, senior editor at Bicycling magazine, for selecting our humble winter cycling cap for their review. It's in the magazine, now available in the US. I can't wait for it to hit our news stands!

Available from Red Dots Cycling.

After 50 years, the Mur di Sormano cometh...

the Pain of Sormano.

Tomorrow is the day for the 106th edition of Il Lombardia, and will be the last dramatic Monument of this action packed cycling season. And, if you've been hiding under a rock, then I can say that this race should not be missed just because a certain ugly climb makes it's comeback... the Muro di Sormano!

1960-1962 was the only time this monster was used and with plenty of aid from the Tifosi. That was then, and even with today's compact drivetrains happily present, don't be surprised the Tifosi pushing their favorites in dramatic fashion. You can be sure the teams have done their recon and will use appropriate gearing ie 36x29.

The start will be in Bergamo in honor to two-time winner, the great Felice Gimondi. The Phoenix turns 70, and what a wonderful way to honor this champion.

My top five:

  1. Philippe Gilbert
  2. Vincenzo Nibali
  3. Ryder Hesjedal
  4. Joaquim Rodriguez
  5. Simon Gerrans

The journey will be steep...

Even climber, Raymond Poulidor 
needed a push up the Sormano.

Man of the day...
Felice Gimondi will turn 70!

The 2013 Giro will have what they call the  "King stage", a first in the race's history finishing atop the Col du Galibier in honor of Marco Pantani. His stirring winning attack on the Galibier to win at Deux Alpes, in 1988, was legendary. He went onto win that memorable Tour. The full route won't be revealed until September 30th, it promises to be an all exciting route!

Pantani Forever!

Philippe Gilbert will have a new world champion bike for Il Lombardia.

Frenchman, Robert Marchand set a huge record, folks the man is 100, of riding 23 km/h for the distance of 100 kilometres in 4 hours 17 minutes 27 seconds. He set this remarkable achievement in the Lyon Velodrome. He is an inspiration.

Robert Marchand time.

Sunday will be our last Autumn ride of FRFuggitivi and I'm looking forward to a fun one.

And, tomorrow I'm celebrating a milestone... tune in Saturday for all the details!

the importance of transport!

In the meantime, enjoy Il Lombardia everyone and have a happy riding weekend!