Cycling and Bicycle Museums Go to the Giro: We report with these notes on initiatives related to the Giro d’Italia 2024, which kicks off on Saturday, May 4. ACDB Museum of Alessandria is at the start of the Giro with its Bicycle, on display at Venaria Reale with an exhibition that tells a nineteenth-century story related to the bicycle. The Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum in Magreglio is present again this year at the Giro d’Italia Start Village with some “fundamental” Memorabilia for the history of the Pink Race.


the title is 1884 – 2024. 140 years after… the first italian cycling championship the review put on by La Venaria Reale where this year’s Giro d’Italia takes off. The exhibition launches with the Pink Race from May 4 to September 29, 2024. Also on display will be the Bicycles loaned by the Alessandria City of Bicycles Museum, which this year is celebrating a small exhibition at Palazzo Monferrato entitled in turn Accoppiata Giro – Tour, to highlight the exceptional double passage in Piedmont and the province of Alessandria of the two great stage races that have made the history of cycling and bicycling. A tribute and widespread sensitivity to the promotion of Giro and Tour.

And with the Giro d’Italia of the future and its history, it will all begin on May 4 in Venaria Reale. On the occasion of the departure of Giro d’Italia number 107 in the atrium of the Scuderie Juvarriane there is a small display telling the story of the First Italian Championship in the history of cycling, which took place 140 years ago in Turin, as part of the Collateral Festivities of the Italian General Exhibition. The year was 1884 and the race saw velocipedist athletes engaged in the first nationwide races.

It was Giuseppe Loretz (Milan, 1860 – Rubiana, TO, 1944), the first national champion in the history of road cycling, who won the gilded bronze cup offered by His Royal Highness Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta and which the public finds displayed along with posters and photos of the time. The year before, Loretz also won a National Race in Venaria Reale itself, one of the first of many successes: the “Award Diploma” from that victory is on display. Accompanying the account of Loretz’s victories is a rare and distinctive bicycle from around 1880. The Bicycle came out of the Alessandria City of Bicycles exhibition at Palazzo Monferrato, an exhibition-museum that tells the story of the first bicycle to arrive in Italy, in Alexandria, in 1867.

Il Museo del Ghisallo at Giroland
At the Giro Village there will again this year be a small but intense exhibition with memorabilia from the Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum, which becomes Ghisallo in Giro and promotes among other things the world’s largest collection of pink jerseys project resulting from the collaboration between Gazzetta RCS Sport and the Magreglio Museum. Ghisallo in Giro in Giroland will set up these memorabilia:

Pink Jersey of Fiorenzo Magni, Giro d’Italia 1955

Fiorenzo Magni, a professional from 1941 to 1956, was considered the Third Man because of his ability to insert himself into the rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He won the Giro d’Italia in 1948, 1951 and 1955, winning six stages and wearing the pink jersey for twenty-four days. After his cycling career ended, he was a sports director, entrepreneur as well as the creator and founder of the Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum.

Pink Jersey of Francesco Moser, Giro d’Italia 1984

A professional from 1973 to 1988, he was nicknamed “The Sheriff” for his ability to manage the peloton during the race; he won a Giro d’Italia in his career, wearing the pink jersey 58 times. With 273 road victories as a professional he is to date the Italian cyclist with the most successes, almost tied with Giuseppe Saronni.

Pink Jersey of Miguel Indurain, Giro d’Italia 1992

Nicknamed Miguelón, he was a professional from 1984 to 1996. He had passer-scaler characteristics, was a skilled downhill runner and very strong time trialist. He won two Giro d’Italias paired with the Tour, in 1992 and 1993, wearing the pink jersey 30 times. In his career he also won the world time trial champion title in 1995 and the Olympic gold medal, in the same specialty, at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

GARIBALDI of 1949, 1961, 2007

It is the book that is given to insiders, riders and teams and journalists to know everything about all the stages of the Giro d’Italia. This volume has been called “the Garibaldi” by the men of the caravan for years now. In the beginning it was just a modest pamphlet. Today it is a beautiful volume that is close to 400 pages all in color. In 1961 it carried the image of Garibaldi on the cover-that year was the centenary of the unification of Italy-since then, the name of the Hero of Two Worlds has identified this indispensable guidebook. In 2007, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Garibaldi’s birth, the organization decided to celebrate him by touching, with some stages, places related to his history; on the cover of that year’s volume, we find made explicit next to his stylized face the ‘code’ name of the publication: “The Garibaldi.”


Small blackboard with a wooden bottom and tubular suspenders used in the 1980s by the Giro d’Italia escort to indicate to race participants the missing mileage at the end of the stage.


Bag of plastic marbles of cycling champions. Cyclists’ marbles were considered the summer version of football players’ cards, a game that punctuated the vacations of so many kids in the 1960s and 1970s.


License plate that was applied to cars (the largest) and motorcycles (the smallest) following the Giro d’Italia, granted only to authorized vehicles.