Cyclist Gino Bartali T shirt
In an era when Italian cyclists dominated the world Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali were the poster boys of their generation, the fierce rivalry between the pair divided Italy into two camps coppiani or bartaliani. Where Coppi was the more mercurial and charasmatic Bartali the tough dogged fighter, winning the Giro D'Italia 3 times and the Tour De France twice. But off the bike he was a modest and devoutly religious man nicknamed 'Gino the Pious'.
During World War 2 Bartali would play an instrumental role in saving and protecting the jewish community from the Nazis by carrying counterfeit documents, passports and photos across borders hidden inside his frame on his long training rides. He also hid his jewish friend Giacomo Goldenberg and his family in his cellar at huge personal risk to himself and his own family, these acts of heroism he kept to himself. "Good is something you do, not something you talk about," Bartali once explained.
"Real heroes are others, those who have suffered in their soul, in their heart, in their spirit, in their mind, for their loved ones. Those are the real heroes. I'm just a cyclist."
Eventually he told his son about his exploits during the war but was still keen not to tell others.
Our T shirt celebrates this humble man Gino Bartali
The design features Gino's quote "Some medals are pinned to your soul, not to your jacket." which sums up this modest hero of cycling.