Colnago owners' day: celebrating the Italian brand with its biggest fans

Last autumn saw the very first Colnago owners’ day in the UK — CW joined the Italophiles in Gloucestershire to ask them what makes their bikes so special - Photos by Jesse Wild

Colnago Owner's Day 2017

(Image credit: Jesse Wild)

"I was on Twitter one day and I saw another brand talk about an owners’ ride and it looked very kind of… not amateur but not very organised,” recalls Yanto Barker in his famously languid way. So the former pro and owner of the Le Col clothing brand decided to do something about it.

“I thought, we should do that. Ten times as well. I have a good relationship with Windwave who distribute Colnago, I ride a Colnago, have been sponsored by them and I know they’re a brand that has the most loyal following of any in the industry — so there should be a Colnago day.”

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.