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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.



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


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


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


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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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.


“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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