Photo by Daniel Valsesia
A reader from Italy recently encountered what appears to be an Asp Viper on his local MTB trail system. Immediately, I recalled my run-in with the Texas Coral Snake from a few years back. Personally, venomous snakes don’t particularly frighten me, they hold a crucial role in the ecosystem, I just don’t think I would have gotten this close…
Check out some more photos at Daniel’s Flickr!
… some videos just make you wanna get on your bike. In the Alps. Like, now. 48 switchbacks of fun! See more at Cani Sciolti Valtellina.
I always love seeing footage from this race in Italy.
I wish I spoke Italian…
It’s truly bizarre, but every time Mr. John Watson asks me to post some stuff on his website it is always something that has to do with failure.
Failing is part of our everyday experience (I think I fail every single day, in one way or another) but it’s a term that’s not so well renowned in the cycling blogsphere (and beyond…)
Nevertheless we, as Cani Sciolti Valtellina, have a special attractive relationship with the unknown, which always drives us over and above the boundaries of the “well planned / all into account” philosophy to dive into the aleatory world…
This looks amazing! Count me in next year…
“What is Tuscany Trail? It’s an adventure, not a race, in other words an experience: an unusual, exciting and uncertain experience. A bikepacking experience. It’s unsupported: there’s a start and a GPS track, but nothing more. Everybody has to plan the course looking at their needs and attitudes or listening to what their body communicates. There’ll be who is challenging himself and who’s taking it easy, relishing the stunning view.
640 km (400 miles), with an elevation gain of 12000m (39000 feet), where half of them are on gravel roads and singletrack.
This is Tuscany Trail.”
San Marco is a brand with a lot of history in cycling and they’re not going anywhere…
I’ve always wanted to do the L’Eroica in Italy!
“The first weekend in October, now for the fifth consecutive year, le coq sportif is partnering with L’Eroica, one of the greatest cycling tours held in the Italian countryside. The event will give the French brand the chance to share its passion for cycling with the international community, in the enchanting, picturesque landscape of Tuscany.”
This is a great video profile on a frame builder many of us have never even heard of. Myself included…
“Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything”.
Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality.
A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match.
Lino Messori made 150 bespoke bikes over the span of his career, many of which were very special for the time and still today.”