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  • Desire: Pro rides & dreamy bikes from the Colnago Owners Day

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    An Elizabethan manor house, top professionals and rows of glistening Italian bikes on the lawn: it could only be the Colnago Owners Day

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    Photographs: Gareth Winter

    Set in comfortable surrounds of Chavenage House in the Cotswolds, Colnago and Le Col played host to the Colnago Owners Day last weekend.

     

    Not just a chance for some 200 owners to swoon over one another’s Italian stallions, it was also an opportunity to head out onto the surrounding roads with Ben Swift, fresh from fifth place at the World Championships in Bergen.

     

    Upon return from the hilly 40 mile loop, riders were greeted with a champagne reception and live jazz band on the lawn.

     

    Read:  fine vintage – Colnagos of the past

     

    When energy stores were sufficiently restored, attendees settled into a Q&A with Ben Swift and enjoyed Rouleur’s gallery of Colnagos before heading home with a subscription to the world’s finest cycling magazine. Lucky bunch…

     Ben Swift and his UAE team issue C60 wearing its training get-up.
    The sumptuous Arabesque – read more.
    Six-Day legend, Maurice Burton and his ready-for-anything C60. The Londoner proudly admitted that few things please him more than putting the ‘young guns’ in their place on a punchy climb.
    ‘Doctor D’ working his magic on an owner’s C60 on the lawn.
    A rightly proud owner and her classic Master.
    Inside, a C40 decorates one of Chavenage House’s many hallways.
    Who doesn’t dream of a dining room filled with classic Colnagos?
    Shop the Colnago cycling cap – every owner should have one.