Why GB600?

The GB600 is a tribute to cycling legend Gino Bartali. A multiple winner of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, Bartali was considered almost unbeatable in the mountains and for years triumphed in the major races alongside his friend and rival Fausto Coppi.

With the outbreak of the Second World War and the occupation of Italy by Nazi Germany, Bartali's sporting career came to an abrupt end. A devout Catholic and staunch anti-fascist, he joined the Resistance, the opposition to the Nazi occupation of Italy. A prominent cyclist known to the German occupiers, he used his training rides to smuggle documents and passports to enable persecuted Jews to flee the country. He also gave shelter to some of the persecuted Jews in his own home. In this way he saved the lives of many hundreds of people and is now honoured at Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

Our tour will take us through regions where right-wing extremism has long since reasserted itself as a dominant social force and is threatening to assert itself politically in the upcoming elections. Not least against the background of the growing influence of right-wing and far-right ideologies, we honour Gino Bartali with the GB600 as an example of practical solidarity, whose courage and humanity remained unbroken even in the darkest times and serve as an example to us all.