the true Italian
Craftsman of the past
My name is Giovanni Pelizzoli, I was born in Curno on the 01/03/1942 and I began my adventure in the world of cycling at the age of 12; thanks to the passion passed on by my father who was a bicycle mechanic. At the age of 14 I competed in my first bike race, obtaining a good result, which encouraged me in continuing on for the next 3 years.
When I interrupted my racing career I became manager of the junior team and, at the same time, I helped my father fixing bikes. It was in that moment that my dream of building a bicycle from the frame up started growing.
My dream pushed me forward and I started working for an artisan from Bergamo where I learned how to weld and build a frame. Afterwards, once the skills were acquired, I could move on and work with other respected frame builders.
In 1969 I created the brand CIÃ–CC and built my first frames. The brand was finally sold in 1980.
I worked as a mechanic for the pro team G.S. ZONCA, where Gianni Motta was racing, while producing my CIÃ–CC bicycles. Great results were achieved in the amateur racing too. In 1977 I won the world cup with Claudio Corti racing one of my bikes. Claudio also won a Giro dâ€™Italia for amateurs and many other races.
A frame that during the years gave me countless victories in the amateurs, the SAN CRISTOBAL, was built In honour of the world title conquered by Claudio.
During the 70â€™s and 80â€™s also the polish national team, and some polish racing teams, competed on my bikes. Those collaborations lead to a second place at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, a second place at the Warsaw-Prague-Berlin and victories in many other amateur competitions. All the bicycles used were branded CIÃ–CC and signed Giovanni Pellizzoli. Signature that guaranteed the brand CIÃ–CC back then; and the brand PELLIZZOLI today.
In 1993 the company F.LLI MASCIAGHI, owner of the brand Fausto Coppi, put me in charge of the design and manufacturing of both their top line racing frames and of the ones for the pros of Team Polti. The pro team included Gianni Bugno, winner of the Flamish Tour, Mauro Giannetti, Mirko Celestino, Richard Virenque, winner of the pois jersey at the TOUR DE FRANCE, Davide Rebellin and Ivan Gotti, winner of Giro dâ€™Italia.
From 1995 a new team joined the Coppi family; G.S MG. With this new team Gianni Bugno won an Italian championship; racing on the first aluminium frame I built specifically for him. With the same aluminium frame Pascal Richard, Max Sciandri and Ralf Sorensen dominated the first Olympics open to professionals with a 1Â° 2Â° and 3Â° place respectively. In the same team, great results were also achieved by Michele Bartoli, Gilberto Simoni and Paolo Bettini.
With Coppi bikes we manufactured frames also for pro women. Special mentions go to Fabiana Luperini, winner of 5 Giro dâ€™Italia and 3 Tour de France, and the street world champions Alessandra Cappellotto and Staruschaia.
In 2005, the team G.S. Alessia, competed with Coppi bikes too and won a Giro dâ€™Italia with Paolo Savoldelli.
Beside all these successes on the streets, my competence was growing also on track frames. Many track champions like Merlon, Martinello, Villa, Risi and Beusc used my frames. Many frames were also built for the Italian Cycling Federation.
Titanium and Carbon frames were recently introduced in our line and the new factory T.I.T.A.AC. founded.
In recent years, due to the high demand, I got back personally,and with great enthusiasm, into the production of steel frames; making sure that welding and plating are perfect in every little detail.
Since 1983 my bikes are branded PELLIZOLI; a brand, and a signature, that stands for quality.