Guest Article: Milano-Sanremo 2011

  1. I am so jealous!

  2. Stunning! And what @Cyclops said. Thanks very much!!

  3. You know, it’s when I read articles like this and ponder the “ins” that the Velominati have that I think Frank might not be as crazy as I thought when he speaks of “World Domination”.

  4. Very cool indeed.

  5. Grazie Pedale! It must have been an amazing day for you, one that will stay with you forever. Great photographs, thanks for sharing with us.

  6. perhaps this is what your feeling here, but the thoughts are so brief…there must be more.

    i read an essay in freshman composition in 88′, the jist is, there are 3 levels of appreciation as a writer.
    the first, is a very base level of involvement, and it actually enables the writer to write w/good detail, objective.
    the second, involves the writer on a certian level, w/feelings involved, but not such that they cannot divide it and remain somewhat objective, and when employed, one can write very well.
    then there is the third, writing about passions, something so important that every detail is soooo meaningful, the writer cannot put into words what has been lived or experienced.

    i suppose that may be what happened in MSR for you
    and that is wonderful

  7. Fantastic – it must have been a great day!

    And photo no. 8 – Ouch.

  8. Thanks for the article and photos, Pedale!

    Awesomeness! This place just gets better & better all the time. We might all have a cycling-based problem, but we have a good time with it & get to read such incredible reports from the Fellow Followers.

    I want…the red pill…

  9. Awesome, thanks Pedale! I know this is showing my ignorance, but what does Forchetta translate to in English? From my brief expereince with Latin, the old kind, I remember fortis is the root for most words meaning brave, and I’m probably getting them confused, but so far I’ve been interpreting it as pedal bravely or pedal with courage.
    (blushes) thanks to Wiki it appears Forchetta means fork, especially a piece of cutlery, so…pedals and food?

  10. Pedale.Forchetta, I am impressed with the goal you set for yourself and the fact that it was achieved one year later. The great photos are just icing on the cake. Non c’è male!

  11. What a tremendous day you must have had. I’m a big fan of pic #7. It’s just chockers full of awesomeness!

  12. Wow, I love that final line – everyone out for the race was a beautiful person. Wonderful!

  13. Fantastic! Great pictures.

  14. Thank you Pedale.Forchetta for sharing these photos and your story with us. It’s this type of thing that really adds to this community. You taking real anatomy of a photo pics and sharing your stories with us all brings us all closer to the action. Grazie!

  15. Souleur!
    How right you are…

    @minion
    Ah! You are right it’s Pedal and Fork, sport and life, it was the name of a very, very old Italian cycling club.

    @All
    Really thank you.

  16. “Pedal and fork”, I love it. On the days I ride those seem to be the two most important things.

    But you should add one word, which should have equal standing: birra!

  17. can we say “living the life”?

  18. I love number 13. it brings to mind classic photos from the early days of cycling.

  19. Pedale.Forchetta

    Thankyou for the photo’s and the post. Both are very cool and makes me just a bit envious of the opportunity that was given to you.

    Pedal and fork, sport and life, it all makes sense now. A passion for both; living both passions – una bella vita

  20. Bellissimo. Mi piacionno molto. Grazie mille.

  21. @G’phant
    BTW how’s the injury? Back on the bike by now?

  22. Very cool, Pedale.Forchetta! Thanks!

  23. @il ciclista medio
    First ride last Sunday. Went ok – can’t really climb as can’t pull on bars at all (as well as being fat), and was a bit painful even on flat so wouldn’t want to do it for more than a couple of hours. But was great just being able to ride again. And pain is relative. Looking at photo #8 reminds me I got off lightly.

  24. Great photos & great story! I’m kind of jealous, but really just thrilled that a fellow Velominati was lucky enough to have such an experience.

    My favorite photo is of the couple waiting for the race, their doggie dog almost as eager as they are for the riders to come along.

    The one of E.G. Larsson’s guns is also awesome, though his tattoo detracts a bit from the purity of Big Ring Legs in black & white.

    I don’t know what I’d do if I were this close to the PROS; they are like ghosts to me, for no palpable, breathing person can be that fast on a bicycle.

    Thanks again, Pedale! Pedal & Fork, simple and wonderful.

  25. Pedale thank you, it is a little feeling of being there. What are your summer plans?? Maybe the V should commission you?

  26. @Pedale.Forchetta

    Where did you get that bitchin’ Duracci T-shirt? I want one.

  27. Ciao Cyclops,
    Have a look here:
    http://store.gagedesoto.com/
    thank you!

  28. @Rob
    I do not have planned anything yet
    but as I said: nothing ventured – nothing gained.
    Some ideas will come…

  29. Pedale.Forchetta:
    Souleur!
    How right you are…
    @minion
    Ah! You are right it’s Pedal and Fork, sport and life, it was the name of a very, very old Italian cycling club.
    @All
    Really thank you.

    Awesome, that’s even cooler. While I found my false assumption amusing that little bit of information has made my day.

  30. Very well done, to be in a team car for Milan-San Remo with a good eye, a camera, and a good heart, you have done us all proud. This is a post I will revisit when I need a cycling “dose”. FAS and Androni Giocattoli were wise to pick you as photographer as you really did an excellent job of capturing M-SR as more than just a blur or racers. Bravo.

  31. Pedale.Forchetta:
    @Rob
    I do not have planned anything yet
    but as I said: nothing ventured – nothing gained.
    Some ideas will come…

    To bad there is no awesome dutch guy we could get to make a plan???

  32. @Rob, @Pedale.Forchetta
    We’re on it like April rain in Seattle. Stay tuned.

  33. !

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