Taken from Basso 1990
and 1978, when he retired, he won 82 national and international races,
including many stages of the Tour of Italy and, the high point of his
career, the world championship road race in 1972 in Gap, France. The finish
of this race, typical of his style, will remain unforgettable to the
spectators because of the suddenness with which he reacted in the last 20
meters and beat and outsmarted the other contenders including Guimard who alone had pulled the small group (with Marino in the rear of course) up
to the failing Bitossi. The amazed expression on his face and his
half-raised arms show that he himself couldn't entirely grasp his good
fortune. After retiring at 33, he lent his experience to the young company
which his 2 brothers had just created. From him stems the basic concept of Cicli Basso to offer the public the same traditional tool that the
professional riders use.
He was also a good enough racer to absolve his military obligation in an army cycling unit. But his main skill was mechanical. While still a teenager he started as a mechanic with his brother's teams and later continued this until Marino's retirement. This brought Alcide all over Europe to the classics in Belgium, the Tour de France, not to mention all the races in Italy. He thus worked for such teams as Salvarani, Bianchi, Magniflex and Selle Royal-Inoxpran and with such champions as Gimondi, Adorni, Mike Neel, Bertoglio and Battaglin. In 1976 he opened a retail store, in 1979 he displayed for the first time at the Milan show, and in December 1981 he opened the present factory. This is also when Cicli Basso began to export, primarily to Germany thanks to Renato.
Throughout this time and even up to today, Alcide has constantly strived to combine practical experience in all aspects of cycling with research into the behavior of metals. To this end he collaborates with engineers at the Universities of Padua and Graz (Austria) and with local steel companies and testing laboratories. In an extremely short time hr_ has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of racing bicycles, primarily by not resting on the natural Italian advantage in this field.
Today the company's major markets are Germany, the USA, Austria, Switzerland, and Sweden. Recently dynamic importers have been found for France, England, and Benelux (Jan Janssen!). This story illustrates how far drive and ambition can bring a person even from modest origins. It runs in the family.
Jim Booth's very special BASSO bicycle
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