Italy, 1985

On January 29, 2006, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

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In 1985 I spent 6 mos. in Italy, working for a bicycle racing and touring company. I did get to race too. I was in really good shape then. I was riding about 250 miles per week including doing some small mountains. We did train up one mountain pass of 1600 meters that took seven and a half hours round trip. We were headquartered at the foothills of the Dolomites in Treviso Province about 50 km. from Venice. We were in a small village of about 600 people. All were more than friendly; they embraced me as part of their community. I would love to go back when I get the chance. Soon.

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  1. cbertsch says:

    What a great photo of you! It’s nice to think of you having so much fun. I hope you make it back soon.

  2. jawnbc says:

    There ain’t no meat on them there bones…’cept wot’s in the packet!

    Right near the border with Slovenia?

  3. mylastsigh says:

    handsome devil you

  4. niyabinghi says:

    Gorgeous; look at that smile, you look so happy 🙂
    Thanks for sharing a bit of your past too.

  5. admin says:

    That pic was taken right outside Pinarello’s shop (bicycle manufacturer & one of the sponsors of the 4 day race). We raced in Veneto (is where we were headquartered – been so long I forgot), Treviso, and once in Trento Province. I don’t think we were that close to Slovenia. My bodyfat was about 9% and, endurance cyclists are NOT fat. Those with a more stocky build usually race on the tracks (velodrome) in shorter but faster races. 😉

  6. admin says:

    Thank Bruce. 🙂

  7. admin says:

    Yes, I felt some sorrow when leaving. I was there 6 months and the locals had embraced me and I was speaking (broken) Italian so that I could hang with the locals. I have good memories of my time there.

  8. admin says:

    Thanks, me too.

  9. naylandblake says:

    How nice to see this! You look radiant in this picture, and while I ;like you’re solemnity, it’s wonderful to see another side of you.

  10. prom says:

    niiice!

    great photo, great memory.

    you look very happy – and ohh, you’re soooo darn handsome!

    :o)

  11. admin says:

    This, ovbiously, was during my hiatus from art. Actually, by the end of my time in Italy I knew I would retire from racing soon and was feeling the pull of art again.

  12. toyin says:

    Total cosmopolitan!
    I love it! You look so handsome!

  13. admin says:

    Thanks. :-))