Felice Gimondi, who turned 70 on September 29th, was the second cyclist in history to win all three Grand Tours – The Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
Bianchi is celebrating his longevity with a special, limited edition of their Oltre XR racing road bike. Only 70 will be made, and they’ll have bits of the frame painted the same blue Gimondi wore on his Bianchi jersey back in the day. It also happens to be the same color as the sapphire, his birthstone.
Other than color and graphics, which includes a list of his victories inscribed on the downtube, the bike gets a full Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic group, vintage Bianchi logos from the late ’60s and early ’70s, and custom Campagnolo Bora wheels with Veloflex tubulars, Selle San Marco saddle and Elite water bottle. It’s capped off with La Spirale white bar tape. Retail should be around $17,500 (!!!) US.
UPDATE: Orders are being taken now, delivery in late January. No particular allotments per country or region; first come, first served.
Detail pics below…