The glorious ‘VBC Rides’ cycling team, with riders from a variety of the local mills. We’re in front of the Oropa monastery, at the end of the glorious climb from Biella that was made famous by Pantani in the 1999 Giro: his chain came off at the bottom of the climb yet he managed to win the stage, overtaking 60 riders on his way up.

Below: on the other side, contemplating the descent and the climb up to the Bielmonte ski station.