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1980's Benotto pista (sold)

Again in found a trackbike where my gut feeling said it is not what it seems to be ... Frameset was used by a Dutch newcomer national champion she won a omnium national championship in 2008 on this frame. Hence the tranfers for sponsorship. Benotto was founded by Giacinto Benotto, in Torino, Italy, 1931. Like so many Italian bike manufacturers of the era, Benotto himself was a passionate racer and had first hand experience of the competitive world of racing. He knew of the need for high-quality designs. Giacinto, together with his brother, researched extensively into the development of racing bikes for the future. However, early in 1948, the story of the brand took an unusual turn. Having read about the newly discovered oil in Venezuela, Benotto was keen to travel to South America in order to set up his classic bicycle brand and capitalise on this new found area of wealth. The Benotto brothers reached port La Guaira in the summer of 1948, along with 200 newly designed Benotto bikes. As they went through customs, Giacinto explained his concept of introducing bikes to Latin America. Despite his best efforts, they weren't convinced. They maintained, 'here in Venezuela we don’t ride bicycles, we drive Cadillacs'. Despite this initial opposition, Giacinto became a successful bicycle pioneer. Benotto developed the first Venezuelan folding bike, the first tandem and a five person bicycle which became famous through television appearances. Alongside the pioneering business vision of the Benotto brothers, their synonymous brand would also sponsor a series of successful professional cycling teams. 11 World Championship titles have been won by riders of Benotto bicycles, the most most notable winner being Franscesco Moser in San Cristobal, Venezuela, 1977. In addition, Ole Ritter set an hour record on a Benotto bicycle in 1968; 48.653 km in Mexico City. 53cc 54 ct 54 tt

Frame:
Columbus SLX

Fork/Headset:
Columbus SLX

More Info:
Framenumber : 54 8181 1 0091 "sold"

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. stage 2.

Added by kobe. Last updated over 2 years ago.

As of over 2 years ago, kobe has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

3 Comments

pearleen

pearleen says:

did she beat others that had carbon/alu bikes ??? interesting story... any info ?

Posted almost 3 years ago

kobe

kobe says:

yes she did ;)

Posted almost 3 years ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

ahahah .. would love 2 have more info ;-) if you can
thanks !

Posted almost 3 years ago