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Three Italian Super Bikes: One Giant Italian Climb

Three Italian Super Bikes: One Giant Italian Climb


(intro) (intense music) (all laughing) – This is very special! – Whoo! – Stage 13 of the Giro Italia, finishes here, on the little known Pier Monte giant, the Colle de Nivolet. – This is excellent news
for several reasons. Firstly, it’s supposed to be an absolutely spectacular climb. One of the most beautiful
in all of the Alps. It’s also 2,641 meters. Making it the 8th, highest
paved road in Europe. And it’s 40 km long, and average gradient of 4.7%. – But not only that, Ollie. Because it is where the
climax to the iconic movie, the Italian Job, was filmed. And if you know it, it’s where the plucky,
English bank robbers were stranded up there, on the mountain, with a bus full of gold. – 50 years on, we’re going to complete what
Michael Caine failed to do, by successfully crossing the border into France. But we’re not going to be doing it in a bus full of gold. We’re not even going to
be doing it in minis. We’ve got something far better: three of the hottest Italian super-bikes available to humanity. (upbeat music) – I’ve chosen the top of the range model from the oldest bike manufacturer in the world. This is the Bianche Oltre XR4. What could be more Italian
than a celeste Bianchi. A bike synonymous with Marco Pantani, Fausto Coppi, and even being ridden right now in the Giro de Italia, by Primoz Roglic. (upbeat music) – Yes, that’s a nice bike, Ollie. But I think mine is more Italian. I mean, look at it for a start. This is the Wilier Trustina Cento 10 Pro. They don’t date back to the 10th century but Wilier can trace back to 1904 and they do have a really
big racing pedigree. – Don’t have coffee though, do they? – Yeah, but they do have Fiorenzo Magni who all cycling aficionados will know for winning three editions
of the Giro de Italia and he famously rode with
a broken collar bone. And he did so by wrapping
his bars with tape, holding on with his teeth, so he didn’t have to
pull down on his arms. – That just sounds mental. – Yeah. Yeah, it does. – Anyway, we also have wherever our Italian colleague,
Allan, brings to the party. When he eventually turns up. – He’s probably on his 10th espresso. (Italian anthem) – Ah! – Here he is. – It’s all good, Devil. – Huh. – Allan! What is that? You’re supposed to bring a mini. – That’s a Villa Cinquecento. (Ollie laughs) – Mate, you mean it’s a Fiat 500. – Cinquecento, man. Cinquecento. Not 500. – Whatever, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Have you brought a bike? – Of course! – What’ve you brought? – I brought Pinarello F10. – An F10? – F10 – (laughing) Get it out. – Hard for you to fit a bike in there. – Okay. – There we go. – Look at that! – Tell you what, you going to struggle on that, mate. – It’s only got one tire. – Do you like it? – Prefer ones with your ace. Mechanical, as well. (laughing) – You got no chance. – Okay, Bianchi is the oldest but I’m not going to argue with that. The original Pinarello is
also a fantastic story. Giovanni Pinarello finished
the 1951 Giro dead last. And, ironically, he won the prestigious Maglianella, the Black Jersey Award to
the last rider in the race. Smartly, he invested the
prize money in the bike shop. And from there he began
to make bike frames. – (Hank) What’s in store for us on the Colle del Nivolet? – (Ollie) Well, the first point to note is that Michael Caine was
always going to struggle to escape to France on it because according to Comute the road deteriorates into gravel before you even reach the border. Unfortunately, we didn’t
check this until last night. So, we’ll just have to see how three, cutting edge, aero bikes cope with the gravel. We do have those 40 km
of tarmac first, though. The first 20 km from the start in Locana are fairly steady up through the valley, before it enters a steep
section of switchbacks up to two more man-made dams. It’s at the first of these, Lago Serru, that the Giro stage actually finishes. Somewhere up here was where
Michael Caine ended up. Just a few kilometers short
of the end of the tarmac and at the beginning of the unknown. – Before we think of a way out of this, I think we better, better get cracking. It’s going to be a long climb. – Let’s do it. – Oops – Ollie’s already struggling to get in. (laughing) (inspirational music) (sighs) – Right. Well, now they’ve attacked and left me. My name, is Michael Caine. And I, like the Yankees. Not a lot of people know that. Sorry, about the Michael Caine impression. That’s enough of that for now. Anyhow. You see, this crest on
the front of my bike? Well, that’s there because
Bianchis were actually made by royal appointment for King Humberto in 1895. Pretty cool cause how many bike brands
can lay claim to that? Genuine question. I can’t think of any. And it all started when Eduardo Bianchi opened a metal workshop in 1885. Legend has it that he was a massive
fan of the velocipede, walking bicycle. But he was also passionate about new tech and quickly adopted the pneumatic tire and safety bicycle frame design. As interesting as that is, to my mind, cycling isn’t about kings or queens. It’s about cycling royalty. It’s about Fausto Coppi. In the 1940s and 50s Fausto Coppi set the
cycling world on fire. Search for his exploits in the Giro, the Tour. Not to mention Paris Roubaix and the Hour Record. All the while, he was riding a Celeste Bianchi. More easily, another Italian stole our hearts while riding a Celeste Bianchi. The certain, Marco Pantani. Some 50 years after Coppi achieved it, Pantani also achieved
the Giro/Tour Double. All right, another Bianchi fact for you a bit of a random one, Bianchi also can lay claim to a mountain bike, downhill, world championship title, as well. (gasping) – Okay, there’s no 1940s heroics in Pinarello’s story. But the record in racing is second to none. Pinarello had won 222 stages or over also in grand tours since 1990. Courtesy of the likes of Indorine, Froome, Valverde, Ulrich, Zabel, and the most victorious of all times Alessandro Petacchi. – I mean, Petacchi did win the Green Jersey at the
Tour de France on Wilier. A year after, Pinan won the World’s and the year before that Scarponi won the Giro. All a part of that legendary Lampre team. But it’s funny, isn’t it? How, Italian bikes are so synonymous with racing. Until the demands and process were just too much. The Propella Tour was
full of Italian bikes. I mean, it’s just like the cars. The reputation is fast and luxurious. And to be honest, I think my limbs are up to that. (inspirational music) – Hey, there’s Allan there. Allan! Hey! – (Allan) Good to see you, man! – Ride together. – (Allan) Okay. With me. – Hey man. – Hey, man, good to see you. – Is that Hank? – Yeah, he’s going too hard. – He’s blowing his bloody drawers off. (laughing) – Hey man. Let’s ride together, now, yeah? – Hey, guys, I want to coffee stop. – We trying to escape into France, Allan. I don’t think we’ve got time to stop for coffee. – I don’t mind if I ride into France but there’s no way I’m drinking a coffee when we get there. Give me my last cappuccino, guys. – Lets see. When you put it like that yeah, all right. (laughing) Let’s stop, man. (upbeat music) – (Allan) Hey mate! – Here, mate. – I asked for cappuccino but okay. – Espresso! – No worries. – (Ollie) So we’re about
halfway up the climb now. It’s long but it’s been pretty steady in gradient. Allan, you’ve completed
five editions of the Giro. In your expert opinion, I want to know how you think it’s going to play out. – I think that, GC riders domestic, will do an intense steady pace, And till five km to the top and in the last part of the climb the strongest of the GC riders the strongest, will try to attack and
fight as hard as possible. – In the last of five km?
– I think so. – And cause of the large
sections of steady gradient how important do you think
drafting is going to be on this climb? – I think it’s really
important to stay on the wheel and save energy and wait the last part of the climb. – Guys, more importantly how are you finding the bikes? – Oh, man, handsome! – (Ollie) Sure, mine’s
incredible but, I mean, don’t you think it’s a bit weird that we’ve got three
amazing Italian super-bikes and not one of us has got Campagnolo? – No! The most important
thing is enjoy the ride with these bikes made with
passion and experience, man. – Anyway, mines’ the best. – Well, no. It’s not as good as mine. Anyway, let’s get cracking. We’re never going to make it to the top. We’ve got to escape into France. – (Hank) From here we have
another 12 km to the top. And this is where things are
supposed to get really tasty. We’re high now, of course. High enough for this road to be shut for seven months of the year. And the day we’re filming is actually supposed to be
the official opening day. It’s a good job the Giro
is a week later than usual. – We’re into the final
10K of the climb now. The famous switchback section. And everything have
watched the Italian Job have dreamed of coming and riding this. Absolutely beautiful and it doesn’t disappoint. According to a lot of activity, tracking websites, it appears that not many cyclists have actually ridden up this road yet. But once the Giro comes and brings it to everyone’s attention I think that’s going to change. This is this is very special. Whoo, look at that! (intense music) – Ah, man. – So, it’s at this point where
stage 13 is going to finish, at the Lago Serru Dam. But the climb actually continues further up there, so. – Say now, mate, we better go and catch Allan cause he’s just dropped us. – Yeah. I tell you what, what a view. It’s places like this why I ride a bike. (intense music) – The Italian de Giro is naturally Allan’s favorite Grand Tour. But it’s also my favorite Grand Tour. And one of the reasons is because in May, you still often have large amounts of snow
on the summit finishes banked up on the sides of the road. And it just looks spectacular. Something really romantic about it. And also, if you’re riding
with annoying friends they’ll through snowballs at you. (laughing) – Oh, God. – Oh, no! How on earth are we going
to escape to France? No. – (Ollie) I don’t know, mate. We can’t carry the bikes through all that. – (Hank) And we can’t fit
three bikes inside Allan’s Cinquecento (mispronounces). – Cinquecento, man. Cinquecento. – Yeah, that. – (Ollie) I don’t know about you guys but this has just been an
absolutely incredible climb. Unbelievable. – (Hank) It’s been incredible, as well, riding three, Italian super-bikes up this awesome mountain. And I know that Italian bikes aren’t as successful right
now in the World Tours as they’ve, sort of been, in the past, but there’s just something so
romantic and cool about them. I hope you’ve enjoyed
seeing this amazing climb and also us riding these beautiful bikes. And if you have, then please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to GCN. – (Hank) And if you’re
hungry for more Giro content then why don’t you click on “screen” now. All right guys, what on
earth are we going to do now? – Hang on, a minute, lads. I’ve got a great idea. (dramatic music)

100 comments on “Three Italian Super Bikes: One Giant Italian Climb

  1. This is a really nice one! Thanks for giving us Italians some visibility! The only thing I'd personally added is a fourth guy riding a Colnago, since it is one of the giants missing here! 😂
    But nevertheless it's always fun to watch your videos!

  2. GCN are slaves to their sponsors. A true Italian comparative story with Japanese grupo should probably have Campagnolo so I consider this a sell-out. ( This post has been edited to the nitpicking standards of dialog per my editor- Mr. Bungle)

  3. Great episode about Italian bike royalty. I love my Wilier Super Leggera. Pity the origin of the Wilier name was not explained. W.I.L.I.E.R named is derived from this acronym “W I’Italia Liberata e redenta” translated from Italian means “Long Live Italy,liberated and redeemed”. So I’ll see your Bianchi royal endorsement and raise you with Wilier national pride.

  4. Three Italian Super Bikes, on an iconic Italian climb, and not a single bike equipped with Campagnolo. I call that an epic fail. Otherwise a lovely video that reminds me I have to go back cycling in Europe soon 🙂

  5. Loved the video. Beautiful route… added to bucket list to be done on another Italian beauty – Cipollini

  6. The drone footage is great, it gives the ride real perspective. How did the Italian Superbikes not come with Campagnolo though?

  7. Great vid! Would be fun to see you all do something like this for Spanish superbikes! (BH, Orbea, etc.)

  8. Oli cracks me up. He's proving to be a great addition to the team, even if he does remind me of a character from Wallace and Gromit. I think it's the voice! ;D

  9. Brilliant, but as others have said, definitely need a Colnago. Would love to see a side by side comparison test, and let’s do the same for French bikes come July, yes? Look, Laporte,, and…..?

  10. What a magnificent video. one of your best for sure, it has good story, good tempo, tension enough to keep you glued, excellent location, photography, and edition.

  11. Colnago is not willing to spend money on this guy so its not there but every serious cyclist knows that italian racing bike equates to Colnago at least according to cycling history.

  12. They are not Super Bikes with out Campagnolo Group Sets. Would you use fishing tackle shifters in a Ferrari?

  13. That wasn’t supposed to be the ending of The Italian Job. They ran out of money to make it so the second film crew made up this ending with the cast. A friend of mine’s dad wrote it. And I know the real ending. Which was supposed to set us up for the next movie: The Swiss Job. I kid you not….

  14. Thank you very much !!!!! I like italian bike…i have a Bianchi..
    Do you think there is the best road bike ?
    Where is the Colnago ? Rui faria Costa..

  15. Ollie 1min 40 Seconds in" What could be more Italian than a Celeste Bianchi" ONE WITH CAMPAGNOLO…………….

  16. I am coveting the Bianchi.Not a bad Michael Cain impression. Not bad at all. The scenery here was AMAZING!!

  17. Is there another paint job more immediately recognizable than "celeste green"? I can't think of one. In the end, it's still the rider who makes the final case for winning the race – legs, heart, lungs, mind.

  18. Wilier but no Colnago ?1? Shimano but no Campagnolo ?!? You should be embarrassed to even have posted this video. (I bailed at the 2 min mark)

  19. Maranga fai vedere a sti sfigati come si va in bici che sono solo buoni a mangiare porcate tutto il giorno e poi pensare che la bianchi, la pinarello ecc ecc, sia loro. Ma per favore!

  20. Interesting sense of what is “Italian” no Campangolo or Colnago. And Ollie seems to think that Slovenien rider Primož Roglič is Italian.

  21. Olly – no point laughing at someone with ultegra, even ironically, there’s plenty of people who could destroy you on a Brompton

  22. I actually have a Bianchi for a road bike. I enjoy that you put those great road bikes of Italy, their all great bikes after all.

  23. Formerly I love PINARELLO but I hate Gerant Thomas ATTITUDE so I'll go with the oldest bike manufacturer in the world… BIANCHI

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