2 New Ts from Junkfunk featuring Gino Bartali and the Peace Race
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.Probably the biggest sporting event held behind the iron curtain during the cold war in the former communist eastern bloc countries the Peace race was first staged in 1948 and was meant to galvanize the communist spirit and rival the wests ‘Tour de France’ in many ways it was a bigger event as factories and schools were encouraged to down tools and support the race as it trundelled through the towns and villages encompassing the cities of Prague,Warsaw and Berlin resulting in huge crowds and swathes of people lining the route.
The Peace Race also known as ‘Friedensfahrt’ (German) ‘Závod míru’ (Czech) ‘Preteky mieru’ (Slovak) ‘Wy?cig Pokoju’ (Polish) and ‘Course de la Paix ‘(French) has now been consigned to the pages of history,
Our T shirt celebrates this historic race in our updated graphic.
Andy: I like both tees in terms of design, but I feel like you need to be a cycling fan to get away with the Gino Bartali shirt, whereas the Pease Race design is something I’d happily wear despite not getting on a saddle for quite a few years.