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Is there a patron saint for bicycling?(18 posts)

Is there a patron saint for bicycling?gail
Sep 28, 2001 10:52 AM
I need all the help I can get for a long ride this weekend. If there is a patron saint is there a photo somewhere?
Madonna of Ghisallogod
Sep 28, 2001 11:00 AM
Pope Pius XII issued a formal decree on October 13, 1949 naming the Madonna of Ghisallo as "Principal Patroness of Italian Cyclists"
Madonna of GhisalloGreg Taylor
Sep 28, 2001 11:04 AM
Yes! There is a marvellous chapel in Italy dedicated to her. Lots of cycling memorabilia, including jersey's from Merckx and Indurain, etc....

There is also Saint Jude, the patron saint of Lost Causes...
Help me out. How does one pronounce "Ghisallo?"*LAIrish
Sep 28, 2001 3:53 PM
Gee za low (nm)god
Sep 28, 2001 4:39 PM
Is that a hard or soft "g?"LAIrish
Sep 28, 2001 5:00 PM
And no jokes about anyone saying "Gee" if its hard.
re: La Madonna di Ghisalo ??Akirasho
Sep 28, 2001 11:02 AM
I'm not Catholic, but a Google search is bound to turn up a few...

Also saw mention of Saint Christopher...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Saint Christopher it is!Nessism
Sep 28, 2001 7:26 PM
My wife gave me a wonderful little embossed St. Christopher metal with the picture of a bicyclist racing down in the drops on it. It came with a nice little clamp on the back so I attached it to my seat post for good luck. So far it's working
The honorable Sheldon Brown...Cima Coppi
Sep 28, 2001 11:02 AM
Of course!MB1
Sep 28, 2001 11:04 AM
The fact that there are bikes and jerseys from Fausto Coppi...Greg Taylor
Sep 28, 2001 11:10 AM the sanctuary at the Chapel of Madonna di Ghisallo is really pretty funny. When he was riding, Coppi drew the ire of the Pope and the Catholic Church (and police, because adultery was a crime that was actively prosecuted in Italy) for abandoning his wife for the infamous "Lady in White". The Pope supposedly refused to bless the peloton during the Giro as long as Coppi was in it... This was in contrast to "Pious Gino" Bartali, who ate his meals with a religious statue on the table and had many audiences with the Pope. Coppi died young, while Bartali lived to a ripe old age...
The fact that there are bikes and jerseys from Fausto Coppi...mtb
Sep 28, 2001 11:13 AM
thank you mr. history!!!
Sep 28, 2001 11:10 AM
You are ALL saints!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh no we are not!!! nmMB1
Sep 28, 2001 11:13 AM
The Energizer Bunnygrzy
Sep 28, 2001 1:25 PM
It's all anyone needs!
Article right here on RoadbikeREVIEW!!gregg
Sep 28, 2001 2:32 PM
We have a photo essay from one of our community members just a couple of clicks away.
Check out the photo essay here

Prayer in haiku formatpeloton
Sep 28, 2001 6:54 PM
Oh help me up hills
Madonna de Ghisallo
Grant me O2 now

In the spirit of spiritual haiku :)
sorry i'm a little late. better late than never...Spiritual Haiku
Oct 1, 2001 5:14 AM
long ride this weekend
please stay strong, legs, butt and lungs
and go 'til i blow!