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1952-1956 Support Vehicle – Australia’s Greatest Cycling Road Race – The Sun Tour

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Angelo Catalano

Winner (with Nino Borsari) of the 6th Stage of the 1954 Sun Tour Beechworth Mt Hotham to Omeo (103 miles).

This is Angelo’s 1948 Fiat 500 station wagon chase car – which he maintains in immaculate, concours condition.

Angelo was one of the first cyclists to introduce the wearing of helmets (leather) as he climbed the Australian Alps (Mt Hotham) in 1954.

At the age of 75, while training on Plenty Rd, Thornbury, Angelo was hit from behind by a truck and sustained serious injuries. As a result, he is no longer able to ride. (And yes, he was wearing a helmet at the time of his accident.)

At 78 years of age, Angelo is fit and active and possesses an amazing knowledge of the history of bicycle racing in Victoria.

Angel has a world-class collection of bicycles and parts dating back to the post-WWII era.

Angelo was born in Benevento, Italy, on February 4, 1931.

He migrated to Australia in 1952 to commence a competitive cycling career at age 19.

Angelo was sponsored by Nino Borsari, Olympic cyclist who won Gold in the team pursuit in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

During the Sun Tour races of the 1950s, the Fiat back up car was driven by Mrs Nino Borsari.

Bidons made from aluminium with cork stoppers.

Angelo has several bicycle wheels made with wooden rims. He said the only problem with these wheels was they tended to warp if not regularly varnished.

How’s that for bicycle maintenance?
Can’t go riding today – have to varnish my wheels.

Tools. Everything you need. Even a vice.

The spanners are antiques.

Angelo says the Campagnolo group set on this bicycle was the first imported into Australia

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