The final push!
Today we needed to get everything finished with the design and the templates sent to Giordana so the jerseys could be delivered before the August holidays.
But, before any of this can happen coffee needs to be drunk and brioche needs to be eaten ........... just got to choose between albicocca and cioccolato!
As we’re working at the computer .............. if I’m honest it’s Dario and Catherine doing most of the work while I feed myself from a crate of cherries next to the desk.
“Eat some cherries Dario”
“I’m ok, you eat them. Is there any brioche left?”
“I think so”
“I’ll have another brioche. I prefer the brioche”
Gianmaria comes over to ask about an old frame a friend of his is thinking about buying.
The frame once belonged to Italian sprinter Guido Bontempi.
I can’t remember the brand, Pinarello, Carrera or maybe Battaglin ...... although, if you know a little bit about Italian racing bike manufacture that’s kind of irrelevant anyway!
The questions were, “did Dario build it?” and “did he still have the drawing with the geometry?”
Now, most of us that know Dario also know there’s a drawer in the workshop that contains a little bit of pro cycling history. He never talked much about this stuff, but, if you want to you’re welcome to have a look in that drawer.
If you do, you’ll see names like Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci, Greg Lemond, Mario Cipollini, Pedro Delgado etc, etc, etc!
The answer was “Si. Fatto di Dario!”
Our Jerseys were delivered at the beginning of August, when we were in the Dolomites. It was pretty exciting to arrive back from our ride to find the Giordana box waiting! It was a little bit nerve wracking opening the box but we were thrilled with how they turned out ............ tomorrow would be ‘photo-shoot day!’
Back at Lake Garda and with Ferragosto (Italian holidays) over we were planning to visit Dario so he could see our collaboration in the flesh.
Then on the evening of Thursday 23rd August, as we were walking to our local pizzeria a message came from one of our friends...
... six months on and we still talk about Dario most days and we probably think about him even more. I’m sure all his friends do. He wasn’t the sort of person you forget easily!
Dario didn’t choose framebuilding.
He just wanted to “raise a little money for the Saturday night”.
Framebuilding chose him and he turned out to be the G.O.A.T.
To paraphrase Richard Sachs, "...what more can I say except that he has forgotten more than any of us (in the trade) will ever know!"
The bikes are what drew us to Dario but his personality is what captivated us. On that night in August we all lost a special friend. Every time we look at the bikes in the corner of the room, every time we do a ride and every time we put our jersey on, he’s there. Ciao il Vecchio Grigio, un grande abbracio. Forza V.I.M.O