Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Story of the Giro d'Italia

The Story of the Giro d'Italia by our friends Bill and Carol McGann is now available. Volume 1 anyway, as Bill and Carol are slaving away over Volume 2 as I type this. When "Chairman Bill" first told me he was moving to Arkansas (after selling Torelli Imports) to run his BikeRaceInfo website and write a history of the Tour de France, I pestered him to instead write the first English-language history of the Giro d'Italia, mostly for selfish reasons. I was additionally motivated by desire to share with Bill the contents of the CycleItalia library. We've collected Italian-language cycling books while in Italy for over 20 years and also have video records of the more recent Giro editions that are no longer available. I thought all of this could be put to good use and would be very helpful to Bill and Carol. They thanked me and continued work on The Story of the Tour de France which has been well received. Once it was done, they turned their attention to our beloved Giro and we not only made the contents of our library available, we continued to collect and send books to Bill as he worked diligently on this project so dear to us. Now you can read Volume 1 and learn the history of La Corsa Rosa. Bill captures the spirit of the race and shares our affection for it, which you can read here in a bit Larry wrote at Bill's request a few years ago. We're also waiting for another English-language book about the Giro...which one will make it to our mailbox first and stake the claim as the first? We'll know shortly!

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