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Cinelli Quaderni: Adventure Bikes 2023

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Meet Alessia, Andrea, Clelia and Paolo.
All are part of a loose collective of cyclists that prides itself on a riding style described as “100% friendship, 0% performance.”
Their idea is to use the bike for two main purposes: spend time together and explore landscapes outside of the city.

 

They spend their weekends riding out of Milan and, where possible, up into the mountains dedicated to these goals, breaking down the barriers as the kinds of landscapes that can be accessed a few hours from the city and unlocking magical new spaces inaccessible via any other method of transportation.

On a suddenly very, very, cold weekend in November we accompanied as they set out from Stazione Centrale in Milan to Sondrio with their Cinelli Hobootlegs, ready to ride up into Chiesa in Valmalenco then Dighe di Campo Moro with the “excuse” of reccing climbing spots for the summer.

 

Alessia rides the 2023 Cinelli Hobootleg Red Right Hand
Clelia rides the 2023 Cinelli Hobootleg Interrail
Andrea rides the 2023 Cinelli Hobootleg Easy Travel
Paolo rides the 2023 Cinelli Hobootleg Geo

 

 

Cinelli Quaderni is an editorial format dedicated to exploring some of the world’s most interesting riding spots, be they urban, rural, Alpine or otherwise, together with cyclists whose way of riding intertwines the landscape with a mosaic of other cultural attitudes. The way these riders express themselves when cycling reflects many of the design objectives of Cinelli products.

 

 

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Cinelli Test Rides 2023

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Cinelli Test Rides is BACK!

Come try the 2023 Cinelli Gravel line, in one of the organized rides at authorized Cinelli dealer.

Find the closest Test Ride to you and book now the Cinelli you want to try amongst the Nemo Gravel, King Zydeco and Electric Mud.

How do Cinelli Test rides work?
Book the bike you want to test by writing an email to your favorite store and wait for availability confirmation.
The day of the gravel ride, at 9am bring your pedals and your helmet.
9.30am start of the ride.
We’ll be back by 12:30.
Social gait, about 40/50 km.
Beer, a chat, delivery of the participation patch to conclude the day!

 

 

Sat 1 april

ROSSIGNOLI Milano (MI)

email booking test bike: info@rossignoli.it


Sun 2 april

FREEWHEELS Trento (TN)
email booking test bike: info@freewheelsbike.it

Tel. 339 7626264


Sat 15 april

CICLOSTILE Parma (PR)

email booking test bike: ciclostile.parma@gmail.com

Tel 340 3831566


Sun 16 april

CICLOMANIA Voghera (PV)

email booking test bike: gravelmania2020@gmail.com

Tel. 0383 367619


Sat 22 april

BASECAMP 523, Ca’ Virginia, Borgo Massano (PU)
email booking test bike: info@basecamp523.com

Tel 371 4493100


Sat 29 april

3 MILLS, Muenchen (DE)

email booking test bike: info@3mills.cc


Sat 20 & Sun 21 may

CENTOGIRI @GRAVEL4FUN, Spresiano (TV)

The Cinelli test ride with Centogiri takes place within the gravel lovers festival,
Gravel4Fun. To participate in the ride on Sunday, Gravel4Grave of 50km, you have to be registered for the event, you can do it here.

Saturday 20 May:
9:30 – 14:00 Gourmet ride 40 km
Sunday 21 May:
8:45 meeting at the stand Centogiri-CINELLI (start ride until 9:30) –
Gravel4Grave

email booking test bike: info@centogiri.com

Tel. 0421 566553

 

 

How We First Met #6: Emma and Cinelli MASH Work

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Raised in Milan, Emma Missale, 25 years old, is the current WTF (Women – TransFemale) world messenger champion.

Emma became passionate about cycling in high school, using bikes as her only means of transport for moving across the city, watching videos of messenger riding on youtube.
Upon graduating from high school she took her CV to UBM, Milan’s leading messenger company, the same day she applied for university.
The next four years of her life were spent combining messenger work with studies in urbanism, where, in her own words, her experiences as a messenger gave her a kind of “inside knowledge”.

 

 

“The first time I became aware of Cinelli – Emma continues – was in high school, watching youtube videos and pictures on Instagram, but the first time I could examine a Cinelli in real life was when I started working at UBM and racing alleycats in Milan.

Cinelli was a must in the Milanese urban cycling scene at the time and there were some really iconic frames connected to that period like the black on black Vigorelli from 2013 or the black and red Gazzetta.

The first Cinelli I owned was the Cinelli MASH Work – today offered by Cinelli under the TUTTO name – that UBM gave me. At the time Cinelli sponsored UBM with bikes and they’d received 9 Work frames in a mix of sizes. For once in my life being small was to my advantage and even though I’d been working there for a very short amount of time they gave me a left over extra small.

I’ve used it on bikepacking trips, alleycats, work, everything, and it still remains the bike that I like the most, together with my Omnium cargo.  It is also the bike I won the Worlds in NYC on this year as well as in Jakarta in 2019.

What I like about the bike is mainly its clearances: the fact that I can put wider tyres on it and still ride fixed allows me to participate in different kinds of events, especially cyclo- tracklocross races and meet new people. The XS fits me perfectly and with the tight geometries I can use a longer stem and have a decent seatpost height. The cantilever/v-brake mounts are also super useful when you need brakes or a front-rack.

My other Cinelli is a 2022 Vigorosa which has a completely different feeling. It was my first full aluminium bike and I was surprised how hard I could push it on corners… it’s extremely fun and I’m looking forward to using it for some important races like this year’s Respvblica on the 15th of April!”

 

Currently Emma is continuing her career as a messenger in Copenhagen for By-Expressen. Being a bike messenger remains for Emma the best way to continue to hone her insights as an urbanist:

“One of the fundamental lessons of urbanism is to observe a space and its dynamics. There are different ways to do so, but riding a bike gives the opportunity to experience cycling (and non-) infrastructure from an interactive perspective.
Being a courier allows you to observe critical points and potentials on a daily bases, on a diffuse spectrum. I’ve always thought that messengers should play an active role in the design of new cycling routes, implementing accessibility through sharing knowledge and I’m happy that different projects in this direction are taking place in Milan right now.

Another great resource I found fundamental during the years was participating to the different messenger championships, taking it as an opportunity to study cities and noting best practices around the world.
Working in Copenhagen at By-Expressen for the past two years has been a huge step on this path…”

Discover the Cinelli 2023 Urban Range available now on our webstore.

Cinelli Quaderni: Gravel Bikes 2023

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Meet Marco, 37 years old, graphic designer, founder – with childhood friends Fausto Giliberti and Guido Daminelli  – of Studio Temp, the cult design agency nestled in the hills of Bergamo most famous for its extraordinary creative collaboration with Virgil Abloh, who between 2014 and his untimely passing in 2021 entrusted the studio with perhaps his most important, visually radical graphic projects.

 

Marco started cycling late, in 2017.

But quickly entered deep into the smallest manias and passions the sport offers, from the obsessive fine-tuning of equipment and position, to the ins-and-outs of racing (in particular cyclocross), to organizing local group rides for the Milan creative scene, to articulating his aesthetic vision through his micro cycling clothing project and team Velo Temp, kit of choice for subversive Milanese performance cycling fiends…

We met up with Marco outside his flat on a typically cold and humid Milanese December morning long before the sun would rise to ride along on his favourite local gravel heavy route.

“This is the ride I usually do in the summer to ride up to the studio in Bergamo or back as a kind of hardcore commuter training ride.”
He told us, over a first coffee.

“It’s not the fastest way up to Bergamo but I like riding it because it follows more or less the same course as the character Renzo in Alessandro Manzoni’s legendary 1827 novel, when he escapes from Milan after being accused of being an agitator, and makes his way up to Bergamo. So I’m very attached to this ride… also because of sites you pass on it. For example the hydraulic wheel designed by Leonardo Da Vinci at Groppello or the “canyon” that inspired Leonardo’s The Virgin of the Rocks painting… In summer when the days are longer I even stop and swim in the canal and it’s the perfect ride home from the studio.”

In Cassano d’Adda, 25km out of Milan, the sky a bleak and steaming pink hue, we meet up with Marco’s racing buddy and dynamite legs Alessio. Another quick coffee and from there long the canal up to Trezzo mixing dirt roads with cycling paths and some single trail, taking in the extraordinary sights as the mist begins to lift and the tries to force its way through… and from there to Bergamo and to the office…

 

“When I start a new graphic project,” Marco says, explaining the relationship between cycling and his creative process, “I begin with an image in my head; a cartoon I watched as a child, an image in a book bought some time ago.
From there I try to amplify my feelings through research and tests.
I continue to reflect while riding, in fact I started riding my bike because I needed time alone to think, to get away from the pollution of the city and to be in nature.”

“Above all,” he concludes “I like working with limits, limits of technology or medium, circling around them, making so that the limit itself generates the beauty of the final result.”

 

 

Marco rides the 2023 Cinelli Nemo Gravel Copper
Alessio rides the 2023 Cinelli Zydeco King Gumbo

 

 

Cinelli Quaderni is an editorial format dedicated to exploring some of the world’s most interesting riding spots, be they urban, rural, Alpine or otherwise, together with cyclists whose way of riding intertwines the landscape with a mosaic of other cultural attitudes. The way these riders express themselves when cycling reflects many of the design objectives of Cinelli products.

 

 

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Cinelli Cycling Doors #2: The Prologue

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The second chapter of our season-long story, in collaboration with @ciclismofurioso, dedicated to following the adventures of four young athletes of team Colpack Ballan CSB, the most succesful development team in history of Italian cycling, as they chase their dream of becoming professional cyclists…

 

After years of sacrifices, the sporting future of the young athletes of Team Colpack Ballan CSB will be decided entirely within the space of the 24-36 months spent as a semi-professional U23 athlete in a bid to “turn pro”.

 

The ragazzi know it, the pressure can be great and handling it requires an intense training of emotions.

Modern cycling has a packed calendar: the season ends in November but by January/February training camps for the new season and the first official races have already begun… And it from this symbolic point that the story of our young athletes begins: the training camp. 

This year Team Colpack Ballan CSB’s destination is Calpe, South-East Spain.

February 1st to 15th. Two weeks to get to know their new equipment (including their Cinelli Team Edition Pressure), catch up with old friends and meet the new entries for the season.

During long daily training sessions (53 hours on the bike over the course of the camp) the boys try to find a kind of harmony with their bodies and intimacy with their bike… Usually mornings start with a long walk to reactivate the body, followed by breakfast and then 3-5 hours of riding: resistance training, climbing (total 22100 metres in 14 days!) but also specific sprint work.
Afternoons on the other hand are dedicated to recovery and the precious works of the team’s physiotherapists.
The B with a technical meeting where the team discusses together with the DS and coaches racing tactics and specific training focuses of the following days.

These two weeks are in fact not just a time for reawakening muscles and lungs but a fundamental moment during which to define a race calendar for the season, specific objectives, moments to peak etc.

For certain riders it will be their first year at the U23 level and the move will make itself felt while for others the seasons represents their last opportunity for realizing their dreams of becoming professionals… which brings us to the four athletes whose adventures we have chosen to follow this season.

 

 

SAMUEL QUARANTA
Born 2002, Bergamo, Italy | Rider type: sprinter.

Objectives for 2023
Turn pro
Win a stage of the U23 Giro d’Italia
Win an international race (Ciruito del Porto, La Popolarissima, Youngster Coast Challenge)

Dream for 2023
Participation in Elite track world championships with national team

 

ALESSANDRO ROMELE
Born 2003, Iseo, Italy | Rider type: rouleur with strong sprint, time-trialist.

Objectives for 2023
Turn pro
Win a stage of the U23 Giro d’Italia
Be at the front of races all season
Again become competitive in time trials

Dream for 2023
Compete at the Road World Championships in Glasgow

 

DAVIDE PERSICO
Born 2001, Alzano Lombardo, Italy | Rider type: sprinter, also competitive on more demanding courses.

Objectives for 2023
Above all to turn pro
Circuito del Porto
Strong Belgian classics season and U23 Giro d’Italia

Dream for 2023
To wear the pink jersey at the U23 Giro d’Italia

 

RUBÉN SÁNCHEZ ESTÉVEZ
Born 2003, Madrid, Spain | Rider type: rouleur with strong sprint.

Objectives for 2023
Win an international race
Maintain a high performance level across the season
Race a good U23 Giro d’Italia

Dream for 2023
To turn pro

 

 

 

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eBay Find of the Month #2: Early 2000s “Rasta” Original Cork Ribbon Bar Tape

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This month, in our feature dedicated to rare, unusual, neglected or just plain beautiful pieces of Cinelli history that we have found for sale on the internet over the last month we have chosen to highlight an early 2000s Original Cork Ribbon Bar Tape in “Rasta” colours, originally issued as part of a “countries of the world” pack series including the legendary stars and stripes screenprinted tape…

 

 

 

Why did we chose this bar tape for our eBay Find of the Month?

Because we’ve always loved the colour and were sad when it went out of production (it looks amazing on glossy black bikes with minimal graphics), because we miss the days when everybody wanted to put the craziest possible bar tape on their bikes (see our Zebra tape, still in production, or the 7-colour splash tapes made famous by Chiapucci and others) and because the perfectly intact packaging is itself something of a work of art! 

 

 

 

This little piece of Cinelli and Italian bike history is available to purchase on ebay from the account of local North Italian collector Gabriele Tocchio who, in his own words, explains, simply “I only sell what I like”.

Whilst those interested in Cinelli’s latest Made in Italy bartape can discover more and purchase the tape inspired by the material innovation of competitive windsurfing HERE.

 

Cinelli Cycling Doors #1: The Family

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With the beginning of the 2023 season, Cinelli inaugurates its 5th season of sponsorship of the Italian continental team Colpack Ballan CSV.

To celebrate this milestone and the launch of our new team edition of the Cinelli Pressure we asked @ciclismofurioso to spend some time with the team and, over the course of the season, tell the story of it’s unique role and history in the development of professional cyclists.

In particular @ciclismofurioso will follow the adventures of four cyclists from the team as they chase their dream of “turning pro”. 

 

“Dad, when I grow up I want to be a cyclist!”

 

Not exactly the classic phrase you’d expect from a child.

But there are some areas of the world where things are a little different, where cycling is imprinted in the DNA, is culture, and where an apparently simple object like a bicycle really can inspire a child’s professional dreams.

One of these areas blessed by the gods of cycling is undoubtedly Bergamo.
Here, you breathe a passion for cycling handed down from generation to generation, where young riders approach the sport by imitating the champions who trained on these very roads.

We are talking about athletes of the calibre of Felice Gimondi, Ivan Gotti, Paolo Savoldelli (7 Giro d’Italia as a whole), in short: “Serious stuff”!

And it’s no coincidence that right here in Bergamo that Team Colpack Ballan CSV, one of the most important and winning Continental Teams in the world has its home.
Team Colpack is, in particular, unique in the history of cycling thanks to its role in transforming young riders into professional cyclists.

In recent years it has launched dozens of champions such as Fausto Masnada, Giulio Ciccone, Simone Consonni, Filippo Baroncini, Juan Ayuso and Filippo Ganna into the World Tour… 

But the history of the team begins in the early 90s from the huge passion of Rossella Dileo and Antonio Bevilacqua who, understanding the importance of the U23 development team, launched champions of absolute value such as Paolo Savoldelli and Ivan Quaranta under the banners of Team Gatorade and Polti.

In this 30 year journey the project has continuously evolved but what remains a constant, at the very heart of the Bevilacqua and Dileo’s approach is the quality and intimacy of the relationships developed with young riders: meals together, family feeling, ability to talk and share emotions together.
This is the cornerstone of the added value the team offers relative to its competitors and the secret to its success.
Colpack is not only a Team but a real family.

Over the coming months and season we will follow four young members of the team – Samuel Quaranta, Davide Persico, Ruben Sanchez Estevez, Alessandro Romele – as they pursue the same dream many have successfully pursued under the tutelage of Team Colpack: the dream of becoming a professional cyclist!

All four will, of course, pursue their dream aboard the new Cinelli Pressure 2023 ‘Team Edition’, hand painted in Italy with an artisanal process that produces a 4% weight reduction compared to a traditional paint job and above all makes each bike a unique piece of art. 

 

 

 

 

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True Stories: Marco Panzerini’s favourite cinelli graphics

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Marco Panzerini is Cinelli’s art director.
He has been designing graphics for Cinelli bicycles since shortly after arriving the company in 2012.

His favourite graphic he ever designed for Cinelli is – obviously – the new Cinelli Pressure team edition.
Why?

 

“Because the thing I like the most is work with graphic or painting processes and this artwork is all about process. And even better is a process that has never been used before in cycling. I got the idea from another sport that is very close to my heart: windsurfing. In windsurfing certain brands will paint their freestyle boards only with primer to keep things light and then lightly sand it to allude to the artisanal process of hand-shaping the board, which is not visible in the final product. What I’m so excited and happy about is that I took this process, which is something almost “secondary” in another product and transformed into the center of attention, and did it before anyone else!”

 

Caught up in Marco’s enthusiasm, we decided to ask him what are his three other favourite graphics that HE designed for Cinelli and his three favourites NOT designed by him.
His choices are surprising, fascinating, and a whirlwind tour through our more recent history!

 

Marco’s top 3 Cinelli graphics designed by HIM

 

 

 

Cinelli Vigorelli RHC edition

“At first this was meant to be a one-off bike for our team leader at the Red Hook Criterium that year, Davide Vigano, but then we got so many comments that we made a small production run. Again, like with the Pressure what I love here is the great process! The glitter flakes were bought in America from Roth Metal Flake, the brand created by hot rod legend Big Daddy Ed Roth. The flakes are so chunky that it took 8 layers of clear coat to get a smooth finish. Then after that, applying the graphics was easy: I just went for a super team, super bold effect more like motoGP bike than a bicycle.”

 

 

Cinelli Vigorelli 2015

“Here the idea was all based around an asymmetric graphic placement. The Vigorelli and Cinelli logos and painting masks were asymmetrically placed across top and down tubes creating a strange rhythm and visual surprises. Also: I thought the brand would never approve it because it was probably the first time ever, or at least in many years, that there was no Cinelli logo on the downtube (non-drive side…).”

 

 

Cinelli Zydeco 2018

“I designed the graphics for the first raw aluminium Zydeco frame in 2015/16. It was my favourite graphic and of course I bought one. Then in 2018 I made this graphic (and sold my 2016 Zydeco and bought this one to replace it!). It’s my favourite of the raw Aluminium Zydeco graphics that we did for many years just for the way the graphics blend into the aluminium. It was the first time I used the colours from our “Caleido” graphic concept – which we used on a lot of bikes in those years – OUTSIDE of the Cinelli logo. In general these raw aluminium frames caused loads of production problems but customers loved them!”

 

Marco’s Top 3 Cinelli graphics NOT designed by him

 

 

Cinelli Mash Histogram

“There are so many Cinelli-Mash graphics that I love but this for me is the revolutionary one and the one which became the basis of many of the graphics we later made with them. And again it’s a graphic/process from another world (in this case photography), recontextualized on a bike. Also fun fact: I bought this bike with my very first ever Cinelli paycheck!”

 

 

Cinelli Passatore

“Apart from really liking these graphics, in particular the head tube badge – which we have incorporated into some special 75th anniversary items this year which I can’t wait to share – what I think is so cool about this bike is the historical reference to the Italian brigand, the Passatore, who was an extremely violent and borderline figure in national folklore… Risky, fun stuff and a really great bike in general.”

 

 

Cinelli Strato Caleido

“I think it was the first bike that Cinelli used the Caleido concept, which I really like and inspired some of my own graphics for the brand. The Caleido concept is derived from the effect created when colours are mis-aligned in the four-colour process, revealing cyan, magenta, yellow and black. I don’t know the full story behind how this graphic was borne but I can’t help but suspect that it was inspired by the seminal work of the Milanese graphic design legend Giancarlo Iliprandi, colleague of Italo Lupi, who designed our winged-C logo in 1979…”

 

 

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Cinelli Quaderni: Road Bikes 2023

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Meet Vito, 34 years old, professional skipper living in Genova, ex-fixed gear obsessive and “star” of the very first Cinelli Quaderno, dedicated to our 2023 road bikes.

 

Vito, 34 years old, is a professional skipper.

Born and raised in the nearby seaside town of Rapallo, he lives and rides (when he’s on land) in Genova.

In certain cycling circles he is famous for creating Italy’s most prestigious fixed gear race, Respvblica. Held between 2016 – 2019 (and perhaps returning this year), Respvublica is a fixed gear only race in around the labyrinth that is the city of Genova.
Designed to mix velocity with climbs with traffic jams it was a race with what in wine-making they call terroir, an entirely unique perfume or flavour that reflected the extraordinary geography and culture of Genova and its surrounding landscape.

We met up with him near his house very early on a crisp early December morning to document a ride in and around his favourite Genova riding spots together with his friend and mentor, Daniele.

For Vito, as he explained to us that morning in his own words as we set up the bikes, “for five years, between 2011 and 2016 me and friends rode only track bikes with no brakes. We were fundamentalists of fixed gear cycling. For us no other bike existed.

People who rode bikes with brakes were… [LAUGHTER]. Better not to say what we thought!”“But,” he continues “little by little I realized that what I liked about cycling was SPEED.

I liked being the fastest thing in the city. Realizing this was a turning point… I acquired a road bike, I began frequenting roadies amongst whom Daniele…”Daniele, who is an extremely graceful highly rated local rider with victories last season in important hill climbs, is also a student of the sport and its equipment.

As Vito explains to us “Daniele is somebody with whom I share a lot of obsessions. And it was him that taught me about road cycling, who gave me advice on how to nurture my ability,my ‘fibers’ as they say in Italian cycling slang.

Daniele found a way to spur me on, but to do without machismo. With him there’s never competition, or if there is competition it is the kind that feels healthy. Because in road cycling there tends to be an obsession I did this in this specific time with these watts etc. etc. Daniele never made a big deal of being faster than me at climbing or anything else… so I’ve learned a lot from him.”

At a café stop in the picturesque suburb of Pegli, before climbing the mythical (at least for Genovese riders) Monte Faiallo, Vito further elucidates: “Road cycling and road bikes have changed me. They’ve allowed me to overcome a lot of limits, above all mental but also physical.
It’s like a mantra or a therapy. More than the results I might achieve, what I love is the process.”

After climbing to the highest point of the lunar-esque landscapes of the Faiallo, where it is possible to ride through snow whilst staring down at the Mediterranean, we descend again, stop for focaccia before racing back across the length of sprawling, chaotic Genova to Quarto from which we ride up through the last rural houses and into winding slopes of olive trees and Mediterranean scrubland, before the landscapes opens up onto the extraordinary vision of the sun setting across the sea, France and the entire Italian Riviera’s coastlines visible as a thick black line on the horizon.
Monte Fasce offers the quintessential Ligurian aesthetic experience in 8 very brief and intense kilometres of climbing only twenty minutes from the city center.

We stop to switch on our lights then swoop back down into the city, skitching rides here and there through traffic back to the center…

 

Vito rides the 2023 Cinelli Pressure Triple White
Daniele rides the 2023 Cinelli XCR Disc Mirror

 

 

Cinelli Quaderni is an editorial format dedicated to exploring some of the world’s most interesting riding spots, be they urban, rural, Alpine or otherwise, together with cyclists whose way of riding intertwines the landscape with a mosaic of other cultural attitudes. The way these riders express themselves when cycling reflects many of the design objectives of Cinelli products.

 

 

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Race Report: Mythicalstateof’s ATB challenge 2022

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The ATB challenge  is an all terrain bicycle reality TV show organized by Mythicalstateof.

Open to riders from across the world, the core tenant of the challenge is to document a ride of 150 miles (minimum 50% dirt) in 29 hours without ever stopping for more than two hours across a self-designed course that tests your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional limits.

 

This year our friends Andrea, Yuri and Matteo decided to enter the challenge.

Was their ride physical, spiritually, mentally and emotionally testing?
It looks like it from the pictures, so we called and ask them a few question about the challenge.

 

 

What was the worst/best planned part of the ride?

The route was designed starting from the famous Strade Bianche, to which, however, we added MTB parts that took us on really steep and rocky single tracks.
This gave us a bit of trouble and led us to lose a lot of time especially during the first section of the race: a lot of hike n bike happens that night.
On the other hand, this method took us to some very beautiful and easily traveled places through green valleys and farmers’ farmsteads.


What was the worst part of the ride?

Our ride began in the late afternoon and ended the night of the next day, the worst time being when the sun went down again on the second night and we found ourselves in a very cold valley from which we could not get out except by traveling about 30km on a paved road. It was really cold.


What was the best part of the ride?

Definitely the sunrise: after a night spent wandering around inside a nature park we found ourselves at the top of a lunar-looking hill. The sun came up and on the way down we found a cafe that had opened and we ate pretty much everything they had. We were completely muddy, cold and swollen-eyed; we had covered only a very small portion of the trail and there was really a lot of it ahead of us but we couldn’t wish for anything more than to be there.


What was the most beautiful thing you saw?

The hills around Siena (Crete Senesi) are crazy, arid and barren. The population density is very low, there is virtually no one there which is pretty crazy. That was an epic bicycle moment, mega smooth ride. But the most beautiful thing I saw you couldn’t actually see and that was the feeling of being free to roam around with no real destination. It’s amazing how many things you can do and see in 29 hours if you aren’t on 26″ and how many states of mind you can go through.


What was the tastiest thing you ate?

The clay soil of the trail.


What would you keep about bike set up if you were to do the ride again?

The bike was great even on mixed terrain: very fast, precise and comfortable. I carried few things so as not to weigh it down, and there were moments while riding where I thought: wtf this bike rules.


What would you change?

The only bummer I had was that since there was so much mud every now and then I had to stop and remove it to get the wheels to spin again lol

 

 

If you are curious to see how it went, on Saturday 28th of January (9 P.M. CET) they broadcast it live worldwide, and “A PANEL OF EXPERT ATB LUMINARIES AND LEGENDS” will gather to decide the winner of the challenge.

 

 

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Discover more about the Cinelli Nemo Gravel used during the ATB challenge by Andrea.