A FANTASTIC EVENT
Driven by a mutual appreciation for performance and design, Le Col & Colnago joined forces to put on the inaugural Colnago Owners Day on the 30th September 2017.
It was a spectacular event celebrating all things Colnago - taking place at the prestigious Chavenage House in the Cotswolds.
Our collaboration with Colnago places our technical performance clothing alongside the finest & most beautiful bikes money can buy, putting us side by side with a brand steeped in Italian Tradition since 1954.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Those who came along on the day enjoyed the chance to ride alongside World Tour Pro Ben Swift in a 40 mile sportive through the beautiful Cotswold countryside, as well as displays of limited edition Colnago bikes from around the world and a champagne lunch on the lawn.
And to top it all off, they were given an official limited edition Colnago x Le Col Pro Jersey.
Here's a selection of images from the day, taken by friends of Le Col and Colnago - Ian Gray and Dean Pepperell:
2017 EVENT DETAILS
The Colnago Owners day took place on 30th September 2017 - below is the event information and GPX route - incase you'd like to go and check out the route if you're in the area.
Thanks to everyone who took part - See you in 2018!
Full address for your GPS: Chavenage House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8XP
09:30 – Gates open
10:00 – 40 mile sportive start
13:30 – Champagne Lunch served on the lawn
14:30 Onwards - Ben Swift Q&A, Exhibitions and displays
SPORTIVE ROUTE INFO
The affectionately termed ‘Cromwell Stroller' route is available for GPX download below.
RIDE WITH WORLD TOUR PRO: BEN SWIFT
World pro tour Ben Swift will be hanging out with us for the whole day. You’ll have the chance to ride alongside him at the sportive in the morning, and you'll get a chance to ask him all those burning questions as ITV presenter Matt Barbet hosts a Q&A with Ben after lunch.
BIKES AND WORKSHOPS
Throughout the day there’ll be a chance for you to check out some of the many collectors bikes on display – a few of which are listed below. There will also be a workshop on how to restore your Colnago by restoration expert Rohan Dubash.
1971 Colnago ‘Super’
Eddy Merckx rode to victory in the 1973 Vuelta riding for the Molteni team on one of these bikes. The next year he won the Triple Crown. The bike is fitted with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset.
1984 COLNAGO ‘REGAL’ frame No. 20
The Regal had the same lug set as the more common Arabesque model (which has recently been resurrected), but is built with Columbus Gilco tubing that was widely used on the later Master series. The bike is fitted with a full Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset
1992 COLNAGO ‘CARBITUBO’
The Carbitubo sees Colnago’s first use of their own factory made carbon frameset. It has a lugged design and distinctive twin down tubes. The bike is fitted with 1st generation Campagnolo Corsa Record Ergo groupset
2001 COLNAGO ‘CF1’
Colnago’s first collaboration with Ferrari and limited to 500 frames. Colnago factory made carbon monocoque frameset. The bike is fitted with Campagnolo Record 10 speed groupset
GETTING TO CHAVENAGE HOUSE
Take the M4 for Reading or the West Country, continue heading west for 75 miles and exit at the second Swindon exit (number 16). Take the 2nd roundabout exit onto the A420, direction Wooten Basset. Go Right at the next roubndabout and continue straight on at the following roundabout, heading for Malmesbury on the B4042.
On the approach to Malmesbury, take the right exit from the roundabout and join the bypass, heading towards Tetbury. Continue into Tetbury onto the B4014. In Tetbury, follow signs to Avening and then pick up the brown ‘Historic houses’ sign to Chavenage.
Take the M 32 heading north out of Bristol. At the end of the M32, take the M4 east heading for London and after 10 miles exit at junction 18. Head north on the A46 heading for Cheltenham, passing through Petty France. Go straight on at the lights, shortly afterwards (under a mile) turn right for Chavenage at the sign. Continue down the lane for 3 miles and Chavenage is on your right
Take the A46 heading for Bath and continue through Stroud and Nailsworth, still on the A46. Climb up the hill out of Nailsworth and look out for Historic Houses signs for Chavenage to your left, after you have passed Tippits pub on your right.
The closest railway station to Chavenage is Kemble – served by the Great Western Railway. Trains to Kemble run from London, Swindon or Cheltenham. Chavenage is a 10 mile cycle from Kemble station – perfect for a warm up ride we’d say.
If coming from the surrounding area by bike, there are a network of small roads which run adjacent to the more main roads used by cars. Follow signs to Tetbury or Avening, and pick up the brown ‘Historic houses’ for Chavenage from either of those two towns.