The most famous story of the MASI workshop is dated 1956. The Coppi hour record had been unbeaten for 14 years when Jacques Anquetil arrived at Vigorelli Velodrome to launch the challenge. But the French’s champion bicycle was too light to bear the curves of Vigorelli. After two failed attempts it was clear that a different bicycle was needed within the next day and only Faliero Masi could build one in such a short time. Faliero unperturbed started working with the help of his son Alberto and two other collaborators. After a night spent cutting, welding and smooth, the Florentine frame builder put Anquetil on the saddle who, at 8 pm on 29 June 1956 in front of a crowded Vigorelli Velodrome, surpassed the record unbeaten since 1942, covering 46,159 km in an hour.
Documentary | Directors: Morgan Bertacca and Matteo Inzani | In production