Showing posts with label Basso. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Basso. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

BASSO Bikes


Basso, the Veneto framebuilding company that is celebrating 35 years, has launched a new website and new models. They have also added a brief section of history:

The meeting between Alcide Basso and the world of professional road cycling happened very early: as a child he had the good fortune to live in a family where day by day he saw how his brother developed to become a world champion, Alcide himself then competed at a high level as an athlete whilst forming an even stronger passion for the sport, he now continues as the creator of winning bikes for those who, like him, love cycling so much they make it an important part of their lives.

The force that pushes the company Basso to search for innovative solutions is the true tradition of Italian cycling, where the history of cycling is alive and runs every day in the passion of its characters. One of our first creations, the Gap, was a bicycle dedicated to a Basso of the past, Alcide’s brother, who won the World Championship in 1972. Since then, “Basso racing bikes” is the goal and the faith behind each and every one of our new products.

"For the bicycles that bear my name I use only the best materials, mainly derived from the aerospace industry, which are developed and engineered specifically for bicycle use. With these materials we have created the new Diamante, the Astra and the Laguna, all capable of outstanding performances. Every customer must have the certainty to receive a bike that is ‘tailored for him’ in every detail and component. By having the best tool, controlled with extreme care by our technicians, each individual can achieve their best possible performance."

Alcide Basso


This photo shows Alcide Basso (right) with Sante Pogliaghi:

"Sante Pogliaghi was one of the acknowledged masters of post war Italian frame builders. He was sought after by top Olympic and Professionals alike. While his track bikes, both solo and track are most famous, he also made superb road bikes. Sante passed away in the mid 1980s and the rights to manufacture frames under his name had been passed to Marc Rossin, then to the Basso brothers. Bikes from the 1970s and earlier, made by Sante himself, are highly prized by knowledgeable collectors." (Source Pogliaghi chapter in "The Custom Bicycle").

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ivan Basso Autobiography: "In Salita Controvento"


Ivan Basso has released his first autobiography "In Salita Controvento" (approximate translation: Uphill Against the Wind). The book, which is available only in Italian, was written in collaboration with journalist Francesco Caielli .

Basso won the U23 World Championship in 1998, and the Giro d'Italia in 2006 and 2010. He skipped this year's Giro in order to focus on the Tour de France.

Basso was involved in the Operation Puerto doping scandal for which he received a ban in 2007.

Publisher: RIZZOLI, ISBN: 17050043

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Ivan Basso In Search of His First Bicycle


Ivan Basso is in search of his first bicycle. The winner of the 2010 Giro d'Italia has made an appeal in a column of of the newspaper "La Provincia di Varese".

"This is the bike that my father brought home one evening. I was four years old, making me the happiest boy in the world," Basso said. "It's the bicycle I used for my first training rides and the one I used in my first rides with the team of Oratorio di Cassano Magnago. I have managed to retrieve all of my other bikes of my career except I cannot find this one. I remember it as if I had one before now: a small, blue, "Asperge". All I do is think about it: for me it has a huge sentimental value because my earliest memories as a rider and my love for cycling are tied to that little blue bicycle."

That bike was for a long time in the cellar of his family, but as so often happens was later donated to a friend.

Basso has a special reward for whomever finds his blue, mini, Asperge: a pink jersey from the 2010 Giro d'Italia with a special dedication.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ivan Basso Recons The Cobbles of Stage 3 of the TdF


Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Doimo, has been riding the cobbles of the Arenberg in preparation for Stage 3 of Tour de France on Tuesday, July 6th. There are seven sections of cobbles in the last 65km of the 213km stage to Arenberg. What did Basso think? "It was a shock”, he said. "I thought to myself ‘if this is the easy section, that’s a good start! I became more confident between the first and last parts. But it’s one thing to ride it as a pair, quite another when you’re in the middle of the peloton."

Several teams have been training on the cobbles before heading to the start in Rotterdam on Saturday including Radio Shack, Astana, Team Sky, Saxo Bank and the Cervelo TestTeam.

Could it be an epic stage? Lance Armstrong tweeted, "Going. To. Be. Carnage."

Photo: Bettini

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Ivan Basso Trains with ELITE


The nice people at ELITE remind us that Team Liquigas trains with ELITE trainers and sent along this nice photo of Ivan Basso, and the following:

"During the winter months, in order to prepare for a new competitive season there are three basic components for a proper and productive workout: riding a bike on the roads (weather conditions permitting) should be combined with an indoor training program that includes pedalling on trainers and power building exercises in a gym using a weight training regimen.

Using rollers is fundamental not only for professionals, but also for amateurs and cycling tourists who don’t want to lose their game. The riders from Team Liquigas, one of the most outstanding formations from the Elite stables, know this better than anyone. During their recent retreat on the snows of Trentino, at the San Pellegrino Pass in Val di Fassa, they alternated outdoor activities (cycling, snowshoeing and alpine skiing) with a series of customized sessions on training machines provided by Elite.

For Ivan Basso, Franco Pellizotti, Vincezo Nibali, Roman Kreuziger and all the other riders of the team, this was their chance for a first hands-on test of the new Crono Power Fluid roller, the technological and design marvel introduced in the 2010 Elite collection. They also got to pedal on the unparalleled Realpower, the latest generation electronic trainer and the jewel in the crown of the Elite line; a machine that develops extraordinary power and is able to simulate gradients of up to 20%."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Liquigas Chooses Basso as Leader for Giro and Tour




From the team meeting in Passo San Pellegrino comes news that Liquigas has chosen Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti as co-leaders of the team for the 2010 Giro d'Italia.

For the Tour de France, Basso will be the sole leader. Basso podiumed at the Tour in 2004 and 2005 but will be appearing for the first time since 2005 after leaving on the eve of the 2006 race start due to OperaciĆ³n Puerto.

Vincenzo Nibali has been chosen as team leader for the Tour of California and as co-leader along with Roman Kreuziger for the Vuelta a Espana.

The President of Liquigas Sport, Paolo Dal Lago, commented during the meetings, "This next season will determine whether we will remain in cycling. How we win is more important than winning."

Photo: Basso makes good use of his Cannondale mountain bike during snowy conditions at San Pelligrino, team meeting

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Ivan Basso Limited Edition ANONIMO Watch



From the Anonimo website:
"The champion from Varese and the renowned Florentine brand launch the first watch branded Ivan Basso.


An exclusive personalised limited edition watch promoted by Ivan Basso for charity. The great champion from Varese, in the event of the hundredth Giro d'Italia, had the Florentine company Anonimo Orologi manufacture a limited 15 timepiece edition of the first Ivan Basso watch. An elegant manual chronograph with a dual clock based on the Slide Rule with a pink dial to celebrate the popular race in stages. The chronograph has a modified and decorated rare 7760 movement, a particular detail that renders the purchase of greater interest to collectors.


This precious timepiece will not be on the market but can be purchased only directly from Firenze Orologi S.r.l. for € 4800.00 (inclusive of VAT). Part of the profits shall be given to the Bianca Garavaglia Association, a charity supported by Ivan Basso. The Association was founded on 13 April 1987 and got its name from Bianca, a child afflicted by a rare form of neoplasia at the age of five. The scope of the association is to promote scientific studies and medical treatments for tumours in children as well as to help and support initiatives directly on a financial and operational level. It involves supplying means and assistance to entities and institutions operating in the sector without having to go through intermediaries or red tape. The achievement of the objectives fixed by the Association involves the financing of projects, some of which, such as basic research, have long waiting periods with the use of both important human and economic resources."


See http://www.anonimo.com/ for contact information.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Ivan Basso Goes Retro......


....for the cover of Gazzetta dello Sport magazine "Sport Week" special for the centenary Giro.



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