An Italian legend

Northern Italy is known as the country's manufacturing heartland. Places like Turin and Milan have always been famous for their elegant industrial design. So you can imagine our intrigue when we were asked to cover an exclusive story in that part of the world.

We felt privileged to be in a region so steeped in cycling's glorious heritage. Although our stay was a short one we were exposed to some amazing history, both of road cycling and of Italy itself. We can't give too much away for the time being as we're sworn to secrecy, but all will be revealed in issue 4.

We managed to get a few miles in, savouring some glorious Italian roads and hills on bikes bearing a legendary name. We also found the time to savour some delicious local foods and wines. Even the shortest of breaks can be stimulating and relaxing in the right company, more to follow...