Il Campionissimo

Before the time of Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond and other high profile cyclists, there was Fausto Coppi. “Il Campionissimo” won the Giro d’Italia (Italy’s grand tour) five times and the Tour de France twice. Both Tour de France victories came in the same years as his Giro victories, a remarkable feat of endurance considering that this was before the time of lightweight bicycles and multiple-speed derailleurs. When I was trolling eBay for overpriced stuff I don’t need, I came across this gem. The frame was built in the mid-70s and long after Mr. Coppi’s unfortunate and premature passing, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own something reminiscent of his racing glory. My original concept was to build it up into a fixie, but now I’m thinking that Il Campionissimo’s memory deserves a full era-specific Campy gruppo. On the other hand, should I buy those NOS Record Pista 36-hole track hubs…or pay the kids’ school tuition?

Posted by on February 5, 2006