MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY FAST NEW YEAR!!
This year we had to go to a new venue, as Mamma Mia my favourite place is not big enough to accomodate our xmas party,
hopefully next yean Jon (the owner of Mamma Mia) will have a bigger restaurant for us….
We had the most amazing evening, my all family was finally over there (after 2 years), my sponsors, my friends, my teams, a great guest speaker (Graham Obree) and most of all the club members…the Zappistas!!!
Is this time of the year when lots of pieces are all over the tabel, like a puzzle but I’m getting there…
Sponsorship deals to finalize, car /van to get decal sorted, kit, Xmas party and bikes…
…as finally I can afford to buy them rather than borrow them from my very nice and therefore grateful friends like Steve Avery and Duncan Mellish..
This year racing team kit will have a different colour scheme…RED is the theme, for passion, power, love and …
So black follow red and white on the top for those summer sunny day where I want to keep the fresh to be able to attack on those hills…
Yes is a team of climbers with some of them on mix abilities…I want to get them were it matter…on the climb!
My plan is to get those light weight boys and give them the power they need but keeping the ideal weight …6 guys average weight 62.5kg…lets get the wattage now!
But the bike is what I’m so exiting about…the frame was tested by my self during this season…my “Volante” as said in Italian can fly and is also a power machine!
The main difference from “Freccia” is the rear end and a bit more aerodynamic…but the rear is where is not going to give anything back…only forward!
Stiff like a rock, ideal for ultimate performance…not good for the over 50 unless you have a very good core and back…my personal choice is still la Freccia as I like to have a little more relax in the rear for my 6/7 hours sportives…never the less managed to win a crit and very good at short races.
But I wanted to be different and I spend time with a company that deals with F1 high quality decals, …yes decals!
Back in the 70s was normal and I want to take them back for 3 reasons:
1 The frame is paint less therefore lighter
2 If you scratch it you can replace and your frame will look great again
3 You can customize it
The frame comes as an aggressive black matt finish, but the you can choose the scheme you like…
You can start with black and red …our racing team colour and change during the season for some sunflower yellow and ride the in the summer like the tour the france leader…
Anyway the team one is compatible with Zappi’s club colors …
And now time to build it…so as you can see if you match it with bar take, bottle cages, tyres and saddle the job is done…
Next the finish product.
finally here we are a new web site were we can go into details about what is about the Zappis family, I want to dedicate the blog for my stories and curiosity.
I’ve use the blog maybe a bit to messy for a lot of stuff, now I can really enjoy just write simple and personal experiences.
But please browse ny new web site and send me feed back so I can improve.
I’me very proud to announce my very first Gran Fondo!
Will run over beautiful roads of the Cotswold and climbing the hard and impressive Fishill climb, option to do the 100km or 200km, come to Oxford and challenge yourself.
All info on:
See you Sunday September 16th
This is the story of the ” Coppa Bologna”
Giancarlo Di Balio is the author of a book that tell the story of this race, from 1929 the book has a great collection of photos from the many partipants and the great involvement of the people in Montallese in Tuscany.
This is the first winner Luniano Brinori
Giancarlo got in touch with me last year and with great surprise to me he said he wanted to write this book and he contatted all the winners of this race, therefore me.
I had mix feeling when he called me, I felt proud and then melanconic…but then we chatted and with my surprise again ( and this is not the end), he told great riders won this race that started back in 1929 and guess what the greatest GINO BARTALI…
what an onour to share with one of the greatest champions of cycling.
But more surprises and more famous winner….
…and the late FRANCO BALLERINI
So here we are now with my photo after winning the 1980 edition in company of a good friend of mine Davide Cassani….
but after all the greatest surprise was the race I won in 1980 is actually on youtube on a very original video with lots of classic cars, flared trousers and thick side burns.
Hope you are going to enjoy….
Hi cari Zappistas,
I’ve previously said the dinner party would be held on Monday the 9th of Jan, but made a mistake is actually the following week…so Monday the 16th of January at 7pm.
Mamma Mia restaurant and pizzeria will be the venue, Walton street in Jericho.
Menu will be very similar of last year with several starters coming to the each table from, baked mozzarella, crispy fried calamari and antipasti misti to share on the table and the same will be for the mains (pizza and pasta), with all different plates of pasta to taste and oven stone baked pizza sliced to taste more than one flavor.
a glass of wine or a bier included in the price with a slice of “torta” (Cake della casa) and espresso.
The price for the evening will be £20 all inclusive.
But the evening will have a surprise purpose and that is I will put a series of item to buy an auction for the ladies team and the boys team.
This are the item:
Size 56 aluminium frame “Brian Rourke” brand new made by Brian himself for Mohammed Ali and…. a Zappi’s new “freccia azzurra” any size.
Several other product and services will be available for a “deal of the night”, from fantastic mature Panaracer tubolars, SiS nutrition, Udo’s choice Oils, a week accommodation in Portugal training camp with Zappi’s Pro Cycling (subject to availability), VO2 max test at Dr R. Baskerville, full bike strip service from Duncan Mellish and Steve Avery our team mechanics, VIP table for 4 at Camera or Bridge night clubs with a bottle of champagne, etc.
Please book in advance to make sure you gat space as Mamma Mia can only hold 70 people.
“La squadra” was very well-organized and 10 out 12 got professional contract within 1979 and 1981, 4 of us were racing with “azzurri” nat team.
More team followed the “Lema” style over the years, but our direttore sportivo Domenico Garbelli was something special, was living, train, dine and get to the races with us.
Was our surrogate father…very strict father.
Every morning he will check our weight and blood pressure and after breakfast follow us with the team car or the scooter.
Very often we would have a second training in the afternoon (just after a power nap), then dinner a bit of tv and then bed time…always at 9pm!
This is the presentation file to give a better idea on what the plan is for next year, just click on the open publication link:
Great news for anybody who are planning get some warm weather during January, February and March…Come and train with us!
We have a house in Algarve were the team is going to stay for very long winter training, and we have a spare twin room with bathroom.
The house we are staying is equipped with Sky tv, Internet, Sauna, Gym, Pool Table, Table Tennis and 10x5mt Outdoor Swimming pool.
We are renting to keen riders on a weekly basis and will be £225 per person (required two people) and that includes accommodation, Continental Breakfast, Evening Meal with the Team. Training with the Team and use of the facilities.
All you have to do is to take your bike and book a flight to Faro (Portugal) wich is only 19km away.
Priority will give to Club Members.
For info about availability just call me or email me :
And now delivery are coming from Campagnolo and the frame company….
Vison wheels T42, carbon clincher with alloy rim breaking and, great Slick Wredestein tyres only 180gr and lots of TPI for great rolling!!!
Duncan Mellish our team mechanic is working hard to get them in order before Xmas…
This one is Sam’s (Parker)…some more below…
La Freccia Nera!!, the black arrow!
Freccia nera as been my companion this year, were I’ve managed to compete at great level at sportives like the Ardechiose in France (8 hours for 220km) and the Blenheim sportive with 4 hours and 43 minutes for 100miles, a bit worried at beginning because just coming back from a slipped disck few months before but, no problem for my back…
also great on circuit 1 hour races like at the MK Bowl with sharp response out the corners and of course climbing wich is for the most important feature of my bike.
So the team will use this frame wich has been tested by Dr Sphend Gergury at Brookes Motor Engeneer Department and all season from myself in every possible competitive situation.
Ready to take on 2012 racing season!!
Calendar to follow….
Anyway more stuff arrived and….very very stiff!!!
Bont shoes, solid like a rock and light like feather…more is more!!!
Helmet, sunglasses from BBB and all into the racing bag…
and contract signing day is arrived with bikes and kit….
Still not justifiable I know, but let me tell you what went on…
Had a nasty accident chasing down a moped on the road!
I always said to people not to do, and I did it…over 50 years old at 50 km an hour a few centimetres behind a motorbike, with a L plate on, how stupid that was!
Of course the guy on the bike got scared looking at his mirror this crazy man following at full speed…and he decide to slow down, very fast! Had no other option than slam my breaks and flying over my bike and crash on the tarmac.
Result was broken elbow, rotatory cuff tear (shoulder) and 5 cm deep cut on my face.
Got under surgery the very next day and back home few days after and forgot to say the bike had not a scratch!
Anyway back on the bike few weeks later and start training again, still have to save a bit of my racing season as I need to make sure I’m not loosing my Cat 2 licence after loosing my Cat 1 last year.
6 weeks after my surgery I’ve entered one of the most famous french sportive the Ardechoise with over 15000 participants and finish top 30 in the 220km event over 8hours of climbing and descending.
I’ve enjoyed so much that I’ve entered also the Anthony Maynard in Reading and the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.
Finished the Reading one in 6hours and few minute for 195km and 4 hours 43min for the Blenheim on 166km, very pleased with that, I feel very comfortable with the long distance stuff…my age really likes easy and longer
But my things is still road racing, so I decide to make a deal with myself and entered for my birthday present a premier calendar race in Salisbury for the 28 of August, great to have a goal to aim for!
The premier calendar are the most prestigious road races in England and the field is the top in this country with Rapha, Motorpoint, Endura, etc racing.
I know a bit mad but I always been very strong on my birthday week and very ofter winner too, so I started training harder and race the proper races.
From the 15 on July to the 15 of August I’ve raced about 3 or 4 road races and same in crits, the plan was going well because I’ve used the crits for speed work and race at the w/end on the road for proper results, managed to get 90 point in 4 weeks (and I need 50 to retain the 2 category).
Unfortunately I’ve got my entry back a week prior to the event because the field is very strong and they had so many entries they have to make a selection base on the category.
Very, very disappointed but, I’ve made my decision and I’ll go for Cat 1 licence points now, I have only 1 month and I need to make another 110 points to make it, so next time they cannot refuse my entry.
Cat 1 points chasing started well and on the 27 of August I won my first race this year…again on my birthday week!!
Hello cyclists fanatic…especially those (and there are a lot of you!!) who loves every week to go and…smash it for 10 or 25 miles.
I have spent lots of time reaserching and choosing the right material and design with my patner company in Italy, and this is what we are proposing.
-Extra streaching lycra and compression system to improve performans <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compression_sportswear
-Special low air resistant material to follow every corner of your body and improve aerodynamics,
-Simple dark and classic colours for those wet days,
-Visible arms for those van drivers who cannot make up what is going soo fast on two wheels,
-Wide band on your thigh for more aereo passage,
-and most of all a very detailed table to measure your body to perfection!
Price is £ 125 (Long sleeve only)
Delivery is 6weeks from payment received.