Motta’s big year
Gianni Motta wins the Giro d’Italia and finishes second at the Milan-San Remo race. Ernesto Colnago is at his side throughout, providing technical expertise and moral support.
Italian team mechanic
From Sallanches in 1964 to Barcelona in 1973, Ernesto Colnago is mechanic for the Italian national team at 10 world championships.
A tough decision
Ernesto Colnago leaves Fiorenzo Magni, moving to Gianni Motta’s Molteni team.
Gastone Nencini triumphs at the Giro d’Italia on a bike with a special geometry tailor made for him by Ernesto.
His first Giro
Ernesto Colnago plays a star part in his first ever Giro d’Italia, assembling the bike that carries Fiorenzo Magni to the race leader’s pink jersey.
A key encounter
The very first Colnago bike is built. Ernesto Colnago meets great Italian rider Fiorenzo Magni, known as the Lion of Flanders and becomes deputy mechanic for the Nivea team.
Colnago workshop opened
His first workshop is a small, 25 sq metre shop at No. 10 Via Garibaldi, Cambiago. Ernesto’s father cuts down the family’s mulberry tree to make a workbench.
A lucky accident
Ernesto Colnago breaks his leg in a crash is forced to rest for 50 days. He starts building wheels for Gloria at home and realizes he wants to start up on his own.
Ernesto Colnago’s cycling career
Ernesto Colnago’s first success as a cyclist comes at the Coppa Gabellini race. It’s followed by a further twelve victories.
His first job
Ernesto Colnago starts his working life as a welding assistant at Gloria, a Milan-based bicycle manufacturer. Not long after, he starts racing bicycles.
The perfect gift
Ernesto’s parents give him his first ever bike: it was black, third hand and called ‘Perla’.
Ernesto Colnago is born into a farming family on 9 February in Cambiago, a small rural village in northern Italy, not far from Milan.