Inside Colnago: The making of a legendary brand

Italian firm Colnago has become a byword for quality and understated style; we talk to founder Ernesto about the making of a legendary brand

Do you remember the film ‘Breaking Away’? This 1979 coming-of-age drama features Dennis Christopher as Dave, a young man obsessed with cycling. He owns an Italian bike and is obsessed with Italian cycling, insisting on eating pasta and even affecting the accent.

His family struggle to understand this fixation, but there are few CW readers that won’t understand the lure that Italy has for bike riders.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.