On the 1st day of Spring ride to Bardolino we stopped to visit with Paola Pezzo, mountain bike Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney). Paola, along with her partner and Giro stage winner Paolo Rosola, has opened a very nice bike shop. Named the "Olympic Bike Center" the shop features mountain and road bikes, and accessories. The address is via G. Marconi, 60; 37011 Bardolino (VR)
While we were there the Saunier Duval pro team car pulled into the parking lot to pickup a few things. The team then wizzed by, too fast for me to grab a photo. They were training for Milano-Sanremo on Saturday.
Paola also sponsors the Granfondo Paola Pezzo which is a mountain bike granfondo held in April. More information is available at http://www.paolapezzo.it/
Paolo also rides road bikes as can been seen in the photo above in which she is racing up Peri-Fossi, a well known local climb of 10km at 10%.
Photos: Paola Pezzo in her new store; Saunier Duval team car in front on Paola's store; in a ride with friends up Peri-Fossi.