So, this is a bit old now, but it’s still good to see if you missed it. The following is taken from a friend at Wiggle:

 

I should say at this point, there is a certain air of secrecy about what lays behind the doors at Campagnolo. There always has been. This is a company at the cutting edge of technology in a very competetive market. They don’t tend to do tours, much less let you take snaps of their family silver, but suffice to say what we all saw for the next hour or so, blew our minds. A mixture of old fashioned machine shop with its  metal and heat and aroma and noise, and a more delicate side of hand/ eye co-ordination, experience, care, design, love and dare I say it, Italian-ness. Watching a Ghibli wheel being made will be etched onto my soul forever. I only wish I could share it with you. But it remain’s an undocumented process. That’s rare and kind of refreshing in many ways in a world where everything is recorded and regurrgitated immediately for an insatiable appetite for disposable amazingness. Notch one up for paper and pen and spoke key over the internet there.

My last photograph for a while…

All quiet as they file in. Gotta get me one of those bottles of prosecco…

The stage is set. Big Mig’s record breaking Pinarello to a backdrop of live Giro…

After inital greetings from the Mayor of Vicenza and Valentino Campagnolo himself (pictured) it was on to the guests…

The Cannibal…

 

A reflective Greg Lemond…

Francesco Moser…

Interviews followed. Wiggle Honda team boss Rochelle Gilmore having a word…

Big Mig and the GCN chaps…

Wiggle Honda jerseys mixing it with the Peloton…

Then it was off to lunch, Italian style (which means lots and lots and tasty).

Cipollini turned up and sat with Eddy and Rochelle…

Reflecting on lunch?

Straight on ebay?…

One quick family portrait…

Apres lunch it was time to jump in the bus and jog on to the Giro where we just made it in time to see Giovanni Visconti take the stage on Campagnolo wheels…

Just time in the evening for another amazing Italian dinner with old friends and new alike before bed and an early start for a new Campagnolo product launch over Breakfast. How civilised.

for more info on Campagnolo’s anniversary, see their 80th Anniversary mini site.