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Cycling in Italy, past and present

Great Rivalries. Cycling and the Story of Italy by Kevin Andrews with a Foreword by Simon Gerrans will be launched at 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 6.30pm. It is the story of Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi and the champion Italian cyclists who preceded them but it is also about the place of cy­cling in a nation emerging from division, an agrarian past, wide­spread impoverishment, and competing vi­sions about cre­ating a modern state. Kevin Andrews, who will be at the launch, began working as a sports commen­tator and race caller from the age of 17. For a dec­ade, he called many sporting events before pursuing a career in the law and public life. He has written about sport for a number of publications and has been a guest commen­tator for track cycling. He is a keen recreational cyclist and intermittent Masters’ competitor. His youngest son rides for a UCI Conti­nental Team.

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The Heroic Years of Italian-Australian Cycling

image002On Tuesday 20 May at 6.30pm the Museo Italiano (199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053) is launching an exhibition of photographs from the Italian Historical Society and private collections illustrating The Heroic Years of Italian-Australian Cycling which will run until 18 July. The exhibition also contains memorabilia (period bicycles, original cycling gear and competition medals) made available by the Borsari and the Catalano families. It covers not only the sport but also the people and the community who made cycling a point of pride, an element of cultural identity and social integration. For those wanting to know more about the history of Italian cycling and cyclists, John Foot’s Pedalare! Pedalare! is an excellent starting-point.

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