Giuseppe Marinoni, a seminal figure in Canadian cycle sports, is still out on his bicycle but disappointed that he has to ride alone, due to Covid-19. Most people 82 years of age would be happy to ride at all but Marinoni, the subject of a charming 2014 documentary, put in 8,000 kms cycling in 2019 and still has big plans for the future.Marinoni: The Fire in the Flame is an 87 minute film by Tony Girardin that follows its subject, the then-75 year old Marinoni, around his workshop and home before going off to Italy where the entertaining curmudgeon plans to tackle the One Hour Record for his age group. For much of the film he complains to Girardin, who is present in voice throughout, about the filming, although one is never sure if he really means what he says. When talking about frame building, he tries to be as discouraging as possible, but it is clear that as much as he grumbles he has lived for his work beyond financial considerations. We learn of his family’s history of working in metal in Rovetto, near Bergamo, in Northern Italy, but while he clearly takes pride in the more than 20,000 frames he has built, the path he took was not obvious.A successful regional racer in Italy, Marinoni came to Canada for the Tour du St-Laurent Cycliste, an amateur race between Montreal and Qubec City held from 1953 to 1965 and arguably the biggest thing in Canadian cycling. He participated in…
Source: Cycling – Pez Cycling