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MAILLOT JAUNE

Wooden wheels and stuff

Wasn't sure where to stick this (no funny comments please!) thread, but as I was googling stuff about Bellagio and surrounding area in preparation for going to see the Giro di Lombardia in October (I know, it's a long way off, but I'm soooooooo bored) that I thought you might like to have a look at this site:
http://www.cerchiinlegnoghisallo.com/homeeng.php

Never knew this place existed and I've been going to see the Giro di Lombardia since 2004!!! There's always a wooden bike loitering about outside the church on race day and can only assume it is connected to this place - you'd think they'd have the sense to put some advertising on it though!
Bartali

Wooden wheels ..... nobody noticed them on the Tommasini in the 'Bike Cave'?
MAILLOT JAUNE

Just had a look back at your pics. I was too busy looking at the cat in one of the Tommasini photos!
Bartali

That would be Oliver.  The other one, Jack, is suffering from stress at the moment. Sad

How he can be stressed when he's asleep for 20 hiours a day I've no idea.  I'm going to suggest a job swap!!
MAILLOT JAUNE

Was Jack the first cat you got? If Oliver was second then maybe Jack's noise is out of joint.
Bartali

Both at the same time .... but you are spot on in that there is a bit of a power struggle going on.
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
Both at the same time .... but you are spot on in that there is a bit of a power struggle going on.


Oh the furry tails (!) I could tell!

There is an ancient bike in the Alford Transport Museum with wooden wheels, whats more they have been repaired at some point, the inlays on the wood are superb, the craftsmanship mindblowing!
Biosphere

MJ

What keeps bringing you back to Lombardy year after year? Would you recommend a visit? The race that is.

Bart

Not belittling, but maybe bemused in the manner you seem to be. How do cats get stressed? How does it manifest? Who did the diagnosis? Just curious.

When I think cats, part of me thinks Eddie Izzard stand up routines and stress doesn't seem to be on agenda. Laughing


Link

Again, not meaning to be inappropriate etc.
Slapshot 3

Cats get stressed when.....

1. You don't get up out of bed when THEY are hungry
2. You don't give them what they want when they want it
3. The litter tray doesn't have enough litter in it for them to crap comfortably
4. The litter tray has too much litter in it for them to crap comfortably
5. You bring in a hooligan of a kitten who thinks he's god.... Wink

5 really winds older more mature cats up!!!
MAILLOT JAUNE

Bio, I love watching the race, the build-up beforehand, the helicopters appearing out of nowhere, the Church bells being rung as the riders pass by, for all of the 3 mins or so that it takes to crest the top of the Ghisallo, the atmosphere, the Madonna del Ghisallo church, the Museum (now that it's opened - never thought it would happen), the food plus it is a beautiful area of Italy. Kind of the same reasons I go to see the TdF every year (except of course, it's France!).

Eddie Izzard - what a star! Saw him live in Amsterdam last year - class act.

Trouble with cats is that there will always be a more dominant one and if the other one doesn't or won't accept the situation, it can lead to problems which manifest themselves in many ways.

We had 3 cats at one point - 2 males and one female - all introduced at different times. The males seemed to get on fine with each other and us - the odd scrap but both OK with each other. Then the female arrived and she didn't really get on with either of them -hissing and swiping at them, kept her distance and wasn't particularily friendly with us - you couldn't pick her up, she'd go mental. You could stroke her, but only for a while until the claws came out without warning and she'd attack. But eventually, after the 2 males died, she was like a diferent cat - she'd let us pick her up, she'd sit on our laps etc. The change in her was amazing.

Sorry to prattle on but just thought I'd put my two-penneth worth in.
PS. Yes, forgot to say that I'd thoroughly recommend going to see the Giro di Lombardi. I always stay in Bellagio - it's wonderful.
Bartali

Yup - what they said.

In this case it was diagnosed by the vet and manifested itself in the form of a fat bottom lip.  Apparently a fiorm of acne brought about by stress.

Oliver has always been the less dominant cat, but all of a sudden he has grown in confidence and that has disturbed the status quo.  Jack's nose has certainly been put out!
Biosphere

MJ

I took a setting sun train ride along Lake Lugano and Como at the start of August, so I wasn't surprised to see you mention the countryside.

Bart

Sorry to hear that Jack is going through a rough patch - tough for you given that there's not a lot you can do to influence their ongoing relationship (AFAIK) and you've almost just got to let it play out?  Confused
MAILLOT JAUNE

Wow! Setting sun train ride sounds fanatstic. The light in the mornings can be wonderful as well. There's a little tourist "train" that goes round the roads of Bellagio - maybe I should give it a go this year!!!!
Juggernaut

So have you made it to Bellagio MJ? Based upon your enthusiastic endorsment (and a long-seated desire to see the race myself) I'm now camped in town, awaiting the passing of the race...

And to keep on-topic, I have indeed seen the wooden wheels in the local bike store. They are remarkably like regular wheels - you wouldn't look twice unless you knew about them in advance, especially with familiar michelin tubs on them...
MAILLOT JAUNE

Blimey, juggernaut - you're keen!!!!! I'm heading to Bellagio on Friday 15th.

How's the weather? It's always a gamble - a few years ago it was 25 degC!

Have fun and enjoy the race!
Juggernaut

Beautiful and sunny today, mild and little wind - ie : ideal racing conditions. Let's hope it lasts for a few more days.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Oh, how sweet - where are you based ?
Juggernaut

I'm in an apartment in the middle of Bellagio. Since we have a wee baby here with us I thought staying central and within walking distance of everything would be a good idea.

It's another gorgeous day - if it's like this tomorrow then it will be fantastic to take a picnic and some bubbly up the mountain and sit on the grass and watch the whole thing go by. We won't we able to go too far up the climb to Ghisallo to watch (I can't push a buggy that far!) but the gradiant is fairly steep near the start of the climb which isn't far from Bellagio, so I think we'll go there.

I've been surprised that there are so few other cyclists around. I climbed the Ghisallo a few days ago, and only saw one other cyclist (who just smirked at me on my antiquated old hire bike).
Juggernaut

Oh well, the weather didn't hold. Cold and light rain this morning. But very little wind. Off to walk up the mountain and see the race...

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