All of the greatest cyclists in the world became great because they rode for the love of cycling. Ciclismo Passion was born out of the passion for cycling: its romantic and grueling history, the fame and defeat,  the strength and sheer will of endurance and mind over body – all elements of passion in its purest form.

Every cyclist has their own style, and finds their own rhythm. This simple fact has made Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi and so many other great cyclists artisans on two wheels.

Eddy Merckx’s old teammate, Vittorio Adorni, used to say there was a key difference betwen Merckx and Jacques Anquetil, the cyclist he usurped as the world’s greatest. Anquetil appeared without warning, as silent and deadly as a dagger in the back. His pedal stroke was ‘soft’, ‘velvety’. He arrived with a murmur. He was gone with a whoosh. Feel the storm, the energy, and the calamity coming upon you.

Here was the difference between ‘Master Jacques’ and Merckx, said Adorni. You heard Merckx. Felt him. Not necessarily sounds but signs, a sense. The feeling of something brewing, stirring at your back. A creeping intuition. Not the normal whirring of pedals and wheels but a thudding through the atmosphere. ‘A different way of pedalling from the rest of us,’ as Dino Zandegû, the 1967 Tour of Flanders champion , put it. A trouble. The rustling wrath of the ‘one man forest fire’ that Italian rider Giancarlo Ferretti said came upon professional cycling in the late 1960s – and destroyed everything in its wake for nearly a decade.

— Daniel Friebe, Author of Eddy Merckx The Cannibal

In this blog, we will do our utmost to share many, many stories of the history of cycling with articles, both original and reshared, videos, historic photos and quotes. Feel free to send us your photos if you would like to see them on our blog. We will do our utmost attribute ownership of photos, articles and videos with the appropriate authorship.

About the Founder of Ciclismo Passion

Lido Crema, Canadian born of Italian roots, was a competitive cyclist from Vancouver, British Columbia. An avid cycling historian, Lido has brought his passion for cycling to life in this blog. He welcomes your feedback, photos, videos and cycling links to share with cycling enthusiasts around the world.


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