Stories

Henk Opgenoort

PILOT

HENK OPGENOORT: A LIFE SPENT ON AIRPLANES AND BIKE

Hi, everyone, My name is Henk and I am a pilot for KLM. I fly around the World, but I am also an avid cyclist. Both of these activities are very important to me, in addition of course to my family; I have two small children with my wife, who also used to work for KLM as a hostess. When I come home to Amsterdam to recuperate from those long flights, I relax by riding one of my two Baum Cycles model bikes and both are equipped with the Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX model.

FAUSTO DE POI

GRAVEL

FROM SOSPIROLO (BL) TO NEPAL: 10,000 KM BY BICYCLE TO DO MY PART TO HELP A GREAT PEOPLE

Hello, everyone, My name is Fausto De Poi and I am a house painter. I was I was born and raised in a small town in the Province of Belluno called Sospirolo 39 years ago and now I feel the inevitable onset of middle age. Last July 15th I set off from Sospirolo by bicycle to ride all the way to Nepal. It was just me, my Verdolina (the name I gave my bicycle) and a backpack weighing 50 Kg to keep me company over the 10,000 Km I intended to ride. You must be asking why someone would do all of this. Let me back up a bit.

Samuele Porro

MTB

SAMUELE PORRO: A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ITALIAN CHAMPION

Hello everyone, My name is Samuele Porro and I’m an athlete from Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I’ve been racing MTB since I was 13 years old. I got into this sport after suffering a serious injury to my knee that prevented me from pursuing track and field athletics, which was my first real passion. My physical therapist suggested I try the world of MTB in order to strengthen the joint, and it was love at first sight.

Ingo Engelhardt

RAD RACE

INGO ENGELHARDT: CYCLING WITH RAD RACE MEANS PASSION AND FUN

Hi, guys, My name is Ingo Engelhardt and I am one of the founders of RAD RACE. What is RAD RACE? To put it simply, our motto is: “Stop Racism - Start Raceism!” It doesn’t matter what type of bike you have, the colour of your skin or your religion. It doesn’t matter where you come from. We here at RAD RACE want to share our passion for cycling with you.

Jozef Metelka

Paralympic biker

NEVER GIVE UP: JOZEF METELKA’S NEW LIFE

Hi, guys, My name is Jozef Metelka and I am a Paralympic athlete in road and track cycling. Yes, unfortunately I lost my left leg a couple of years ago in a motorcycle accident, but this doesn’t stop me from making my dreams come true. On the contrary, what happened to me made me even stronger in life and allowed me to achieve my goals.

Helene Fruhwirth

ENDURO MTB

I JUST NEED A BIKE AND MY DOG TO BE HAPPY

I mean, what really matters in life? I guess being healthy, surrounded by the ones you love and being able to do things that make you happy; that’s pretty much it. I am lucky. I have it all and I am so grateful. Nothing hurts. I survived a brain tumor. I have a wonderful family and a dog. I have achieved what I wanted in my sport and I can ride my bike whenever and wherever I want. It sounds cheesy but our decisions are ours to make, so make sure they make your heart beat in the right way.

Andrea Pasqualon

RIDER

ANDREA PASQUALON AND HIS UPCOMING TOUR DE FRANCE

Hello everyone, My name is Andrea Pasqualon and I’m a professional cyclist on Team Wanty – Groupe Gobert. Before embarking on a career as a rider, I competed in Alpine Skiing in the Sci Club Enego 2000; I even garnered some significant results. Being born and raised in Enego, it was only natural I should get into skiing and winter sports at a young age.

ENRICO BONSEMBIANTE

DRIVER

ENRICO BONSEMBIANTE’S GIRO D’ITALIA

Hi, everyone, My name is Enrico Bonsembiante and I was born 38 years ago in Valdobbiadene. Cycling has always been my life and luckily I’ve managed to stay in this world, even after I retired from racing.

Fabian Rabensteiner

MTB

FABIAN RABENSTEINER AND HIS ABSA CAPE EPIC

Hello, Everyone, My name is Fabian Rabensteiner, and I’m an athlete for Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I have been riding MTB at the highest level for 10 years now. Adrenaline has always been an essential component in my life. In fact, when I was a kid I used to bobsled.

Omar Di Felice

ULTRACYCLIST

OMAR DI FELICE: THE “POLAR” ULTRACYCLIST

Hello, everyone, I am Omar Di Felice, and I am an “Ultracyclist” I fell in love with cycling when I was 13 years old. I was a big fan of Marco Pantani’s and admired his sports accomplishments, particularly his amazing victory at Aprica in 1994.