The Tour of Flanders
Cyclists of today
The riders are like Formula 1 drivers. If at the days of Gianni Brera the bicycles were considered machines, now, at the time of internet and tweeting, to be machines (thinking machines, so intelligent machines, machines with a heart, therefore sensitive machines) are the racers. Athletic machines 360 days a year, including running-in, testing and Grand Prix, between electronic studies, aeronautical synergies and wind tunnels. It is said that Marco Pantani - net of doping - was said to be an artist who lived with sensations. Today, however, this can no longer be the case. Vincenzo Nibali, specialist in stage races (he conquered the Tour of Italy in 2013 and 2016, the Tour de France in 2014 and the Vuelta in Spain in 2010, waiting to know if he will also be awarded the 2017 one for Christopher Froome's suspended position positive to salbutamol, a bronchodilator indicated for those suffering from asthma, but with anabolic and masking abilities), leads a monastic life:
Personalized workouts, calibrated nutrition, daily massages, rest always meant as recovery, from 30 to 35 thousand kilometres per year with almost 100 days of racing, including some classic ones. I started running as a child and I didn't stop. I was 15 years old when I emigrated to Tuscany to run, and certain nights, before falling asleep, I cried for nostalgia. This is my fourteenth year as a professional: I earn good money, on my way I met and I chose myself technicians, companions and extraordinary managers, but no one has ever given me anything.
Cycling is a sport that produces sweat
The Maratona dles Dolomites – from La Villa to Corvara - the first Sunday in July, with the Sellaronda and possibly the Falzarego and Giau passes closed to traffic - exceeded the 10 thousand participants, in response to requests for four times the number of participants breastplates. The Eroica - the original one, from Gaiole in Chianti, with over 200 kilometres of asphalt and above all white roads, a permanent route, but also closed to traffic - exceeded the closed number limit (5 thousand) and a year ago it was flooded to more than 7 thousand participants with vintage bikes and clothing (bikes 1987, with gearbox on the oblique tube, cages to the pedals and external threads, knitwear and woolen shorts). The movement is also fuelled and multiplied in cities, with rental public bike systems. Until arriving at men and women who, before or after work, train on bikes almost like professionals: the 10 thousand kilometers per year, which were before a goal, a finish line, a point of arrival, now almost seem to mark the starting line, or the line of demarcation between who does and who is, between who does it seriously and who does it for fun. And it is also the luck of all those Italian companies (in equipment, training, clothing, nutrition), that support, guide, regulate, protect and guard this world with pedals. Sui social is a continuous updating of itineraries and performance, on the roads is a continuous growth of practitioners in search of eternal youth or extreme results, on the pedals there is also a new lifestyle and a new consciousness of well-being.