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    Patron saint of cycling?

    Yep, in 1949 Father Ermelindo Vigano declared Madonna del Ghisallo patron saint of cycling. This was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. The Ghisallo chapel is packed with cycling sourvenirs, all this according to cycling sport mag, page 22, May 2006.
    The chapel contains numerous world champion jerseys as well as the battered bike of Fabio Casartelli he was riding when he died in the 1995 Tour.
    Sounds like an amazing place to visit.
    Outside of the church are busts of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi.

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    Search the forums for more info and photos too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pathdoc
    Yep, in 1949 Father Ermelindo Vigano declared Madonna del Ghisallo patron saint of cycling.

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    Only road cyling?

    Where's the patron of MTB, BMX, or the lowriders?

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    I so want that as a headtube badge.
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    Here's a link, with a picture, that talks about the chapel.
    http://gorp.away.com/gorp/location/e...y/bik_ghis.htm

    I wish I would have known about this when we visited Italy 2 years ago.
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    From the Catholic Forum's Patron Saint's Index:

    Also known as
    Our Lady of Ghisallo; Madonna of Ghisallo

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    Medieval legend says that Count Ghisallo was travelling near the village of Magréglio when he was attacked by highway bandits. Spotting a image of the Virgin Mary in a roadside shrine, he broke away from his attackers and ran to it. There he took refuge, pled for Our Lady's protection - and was miraculously saved from the robbers.

    As the story spread, the Madonna del Ghisallo became known as patroness of local travellers. In more recent times, cyclists would often stop to rest and pray at the chapel, which is a local landmark, and is at the top of a steep hill. After World War II, Father Ermelindo Vigano, pastor at the shrine, proposed Ghisallo as the site of an Italian shrine for bicyclists, and she was given as patroness of cyclists on 13 October 1949 by Pope Pius XII. The chapel has become equal part religious shrine, part cycling museum, with artifacts and photos from the sport. There is an eternal flame that burns there in memory of the cyclists of are no longer with us, and services each Christmas Eve and the Feast of All Souls commemorate them.

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    This is good information, and much thanks to the OP for sharing. I have a great many Catholic relatives and friends who have been deeply worried about me commuting by bicycle. They can pray to Our Lady of Ghisallo now. I know for certain it will make the highly superstitious, Polish relations feel better right away. It will take a little more than that for the ones who were educated by Jesuits, as they have critical thinking skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    From the Catholic Forum's Patron Saint's Index:



    This is good information, and much thanks to the OP for sharing. I have a great many Catholic relatives and friends who have been deeply worried about me commuting by bicycle. They can pray to Our Lady of Ghisallo now. I know for certain it will make the highly superstitious, Polish relations feel better right away. It will take a little more than that for the ones who were educated by Jesuits, as they have critical thinking skills.
    That is certain to make my Ghisallo go faster, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeNbake
    Only road cyling?

    Where's the patron of MTB, BMX, or the lowriders?
    MTB? BMX?

    HERESY!!!!

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    But what about Bicycle Jesus??

    http://www.tuccitown.com/bicyclejesus/

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    You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.

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