Gino Bartali's Secret Rides to Save Lives

Gino Bartali’s Heroic Rides to Save Lives

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Here’s a brief glimpse into Gino Bartali’s secret rides in defiance of the Nazis during World War II.

It follows an Israeli pro cycling team on a very special ride. The riders ignored their specific intense training routine and took on a 200km journey through the heart of Tuscany – starting in Florence and finishing at world heritage city of Assisi – copying the exact same route Bartali use to ride by himself.

The course, that started in Bartali’s house in Florence and ended in Assisi, took the riders along the route that Bartali rode through, while delivering fake documents for Italian Jews.

It was later discovered that Bartali did a lot more than just deliver documents.  If this topic interests you I highly recommend the movie My Italian Secret. which goes into detail on Bartali’s secret life helping the Italian Resistance.

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