Alvise was born in Treviso, a small town with roots deeply set in Pinarello and other minor bicycle brands. Being surrounded by this culture meant that he started riding a bike quite early in his life – in fact, his first MTB race dates back to 2002 (when he was five). Alvise has fond memories of rides with his father in the hills surrounding Treviso or on the Dolomites.
Since then, mountain biking has remained his sole focus until seven years ago, when he fell in love with a friend’s converted road bike and thus, turned his attention to the fixed gear scene.
Alvise’s interest in vintage track and road bikes grew rapidly, to the point of building his own rides by sourcing old components and bicycles from local shops. Track parts were the hardest to recover, but he had great luck with racing components – particularly Campagnolo.
It was during this period that he built three of his favourite bikes: Two were track bikes: a Renesto with full Campagnolo Record Pista groupset (later sold), and a D’Urbino with C-Record track groupset and a Hed3 front wheel, which still sits in his garage.
The third bike is a true museum piece – it’s a Caldato (local Italian brand) from 1951, equipped with a Campagnolo Paris Roubaix gear. Alvise received it from an old man who lives near him, and as the bike was more than sixty years old, he spent time lovingly restoring it back to its original glory.
In 2014, Alvise was invited to join two of his friends on a bike camping trip. He went (on a track bike, no less!) and enjoyed it so much that it marked a switch in his cycling attitude, as he totally fell in love with the philosophy of bike travelling, and realised that he needed a new bike to participate fully in this kind of adventure.
As soon as he got home, he built up his steel Vetta with Shimano Deore groupset. In the years since, he’s ridden almost 10,000 km on it via commuting, gravel races, touring, and MTB trails. It’s easy to see why.
Unlike most cyclists who follow the “N+1” theory when it comes to buying bikes, Alvise is one of those rare Buddhas who have actually reached nirvana. He almost never feels the need for a new bike, and rather yearns for the day when he’ll have more time to get on the road and have fun.
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