Colnago Bicycles Conquer Polish Fans
Yesterday at Veloart in Warsaw, Ernesto Colnago and Czeslaw Lang presented their new partnership.
Colnago has embarked on a new adventure in Poland and has again chosen to work with Czeslaw Lang. Ernesto Colnago has a long-standing partnership – and, above all, friendship – with Lang, the director of the Tour de Pologne. Lang, a silver medalist at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and the first professional Polish rider in Italy, achieved the most significant results of his career on Colnago bikes.
Lang & Charucki will be the distributor of the Colnago brand in Poland. The new partnership was officially presented last night at the Veloart Studio & Café in Warsaw (which, more than just a bike shop, is also a meeting place for those who love cycling), with many current and former cycling champions, the media, and, especially, many cycling fans in attendance. The size of the crowd reflects the growing popularity of cycling, at all levels and at all ages, in Poland. The full range of Colnago bicycles are available at Veloart.
“I came to Poland 35 years ago to bring Czeslaw and Lech Piasecki, whom we can consider the real pioneers of Polish professional cycling, to Italy to race on the Del Tongo-Colnago team,” explained Ernesto Colnago. “I have had a special bond with Poland since I met Karol Wojtyla in Rome. I brought him a racing bike because I knew that as a young man in Krakow he was a great rider, but then we changed it for a touring bike, which was more practical for the pontiff; he used it at Castelgandolfo. That encounter left a real mark on me. I’m happy to be here in Poland. I’ve found an incredible enthusiasm for cycling. Commercially, the Colnago brand has already been present in Poland for a long time, but I hope the new partnership that will see Lang & Charucki as our distributor will bring even greater success. I’ve always remained great friends with Czeslaw. I always promised him that I would come, and now I’ve finally succeeded, and I will do everything I can to come back this summer to see the Tour de Pologne, at least one stage. This race is really growing. Czeslaw is doing an outstanding job, and I think that in terms of the technical level, media interest and public enthusiasm the race can aim to reach the level of the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.”
“Ernesto and I have a great friendship and mutual respect,” said Czeslaw Lang. “I achieved some of the greatest successes of my career on Colnago bikes, and when I stopped racing, he was the one who helped me develop the first professional team with a Polish focus, Colnago-Animex, where Giuseppe Saronni raced and where Polish riders such as Zenon Jaskula and Zibignew Spruch developed. There were many fans at the presentation yesterday. It was amazing to see so many Colnago bikes, also from the past, and everyone wanted an autograph from Ernesto, which is an indication of the fame and prestige that he and his bicycles enjoy here in Poland.”