Yesterday was a banner day. There’s no getting around it. Even for a non-cyclist like me, it was special. Watching my husband fulfill a dream (actually more like a fantasy, not the sort of thing you ever actually expect to happen in real life,) was beyond words. Thus, this lazy, exhausted writer will rely heavily on photos here to describe the experience.
Through equal parts luck, skill, and overflowing Italian hospitality, Matt – a non-professional, yet frequently-competitive cyclist – was invited to ride yesterday’s stage of the Giro d’Italiawith Italian cycling legend Francesco Moser, (winner of the 1984 Giro.) The Banca Mediolanum group, which included other famed cyclists and sports champions, rode the route from Cles to Andalo, (a small alpine town that is the hometown of Moser,) coming across the finish line about twenty minutes before the day’s first competitors.
Imagine running through the streets of Philly with Rocky.
That’s the way Matt described riding the road to Andalo with Moser. Giro fans lined the streets, unfurling colorful banners and signage, along the route. When they caught sight of their hero, the air vibrated with cheers and admiration.
Here are a few pics from the day’s festivities:
The whole family is here! Fashion ala Giro d’Italia.
Matt and I owe a huge thanks and debt of gratitude to the Moser and Giacomelli families for their endless hospitality and kindness.