September 2013: Tuscany is getting ready to host the World Championships of Cycling, the greatest sporting event after the World Cup and the Olympics.
February 1870: another two wheels international competition takes place in Tuscany. The route, between Florence and Pistoia, is the same, but this is really the first time. It is the debut day for the pioneers of the bicycle, a vehicle that smells of progress, reckless speed, and future. A match that is also the last major event of Florence as the Capital, able to attract the first bold sportsmen, but also a crowd of nobles and poor fellows, indeed an entire curious, troubled, fascinated town.
Beyond the sporting event, a history of emotions, funny and touching as those of the past. Because with that frozen morning, with those rides through fog and mud, we took leave of an era and greeted a new one, which lasts until our days.
Preface by Riccardo Nencini.PDF format