Friday we drove 800 kms roundtrip to pick up our new Torelli rental bicycles at the builder's shop near Rimini. For reasons still unclear to us they could not be delivered by our deadline of May 1 so we hit the road instead. Arriving around lunchtime, we stopped for authentic, handmade piadine in the land of Marco Pantani. Sure enough, there was a photo of "Il Pirata" on the wall of the bar where we got our caffe before meeting with the bike makers. As you can see the bikes turned out beautifully, built exactly to our specifications!
Thanks to Torelli, Campagnolo, Santini, Rudy Project, Hibros, SMP, Sci-Con for all the help, we hope you can see you logos on the van in the photo. We have the rest of the new bikes to prepare and some other tasks (including another run to Bergamo for our wheel forks) before we load up the van and hit the road again for Rome to start the tours with Campania's Cilento Coast.