Published: 28/01/2018
ISBN: 9781788039321
eISBN: 9781788030854
Format: Paperback/eBook



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Born in Trinidad (West Indies) and a lifelong cyclist, Mark Pritchard has worked throughout Britain and abroad as a forester. He has been a board member of Forestry Commission, Chief Executive of an e... read more

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Passione Celeste
Captain Century’s Bianchi Bicycle Diaries
by Mark Pritchard

Shares long-distance cycling adventures in this highly entertaining and personal story.
Blends the love of cycling with engaging accounts of people and places encountered.
Explains the history and growth of the iconic Bianchi bicycle brand.


On his third birthday, Mark was given a tricycle. Thus began a lifelong journey pedalling everywhere he could. In his teens Mark discovered the joys of long-distance cycling and the freedom a Bianchi bicycle could provide. Nowadays he rides around 15,000 miles each year with his Bianchi family.

Passione Celeste is the story of some of Mark’s recent rides, including a 1,000 mile tour from Land’s End to John O’Groats as well as tours in Italy and the Pyrenees.

At the heart of Mark’s story is his love affair with his family of Bianchi bikes. Passione Celeste takes a look at the history and growth of Bianchi and explains why the bikes have acquired a unique place in cycling around the world. It is about the places he visited, the stories he discovered there and the interesting characters he met along the way.

Mark’s story gets inside Bianchi’s DNA giving it a new and unique perspective. That is the Passione Celeste of this engaging and entertaining love story.

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