Compass Photo Contest Winner


The votes are in! Giovanni Calcagno’s photo on the Via del Sale won the Compass Swift Campout photo contest! The Via del Sale criss-crosses the Italian-French border as it connects Limone Piemonte with Ventimiglia via the Maritime Alps.
To me, the photo embodies everything I love about cyclotouring off the beaten path: beautiful scenery, interesting and challenging roads, and the romance of discovering new places beyond the horizon. I can’t wait to hear the full story of Giovanni’s adventure: He’s agreed to share it in a future edition of Bicycle Quarterly.
Congratulations, Giovanni! You won a $ 200 gift certificate to Compass Cycles. The nine finalists receive a one-year subscription of Bicycle Quarterly, and their adventures also will be featured in our magazine.
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3 Responses to Compass Photo Contest Winner

  1. larryatcycleitalia July 19, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    Your suppleness points are well-taken. I was reminded of this when I recently fitted a set of hand-made open-tubulars 700 X 25 from a brand I’ll ID only as C. This width is closer to 27 mms when mounted, about all that will fit on my favorite steel road bike. An earlier set of these offered a pretty nice ride but this version was simply horrible. I have another set of the same wheels so I swapped for a known-to-be-supple pair of brand V tires, though marked 25 mm are markedly narrower. With this brand I think I can go to 28 mm as their measurements are very conservative – I can’t even ride on their 23’s, they’re simply too narrow and need way too much air pressure to hold up a fat guy like me.
    Same bike, same wheels, same marked size but ride quality couldn’t have been more different. The wider brand C was simply awful even at 75/65 psi rear/front while the narrower brand V were delightful at 80/70 psi. The only conclusion I can come to is the carcass on the brand C has been changed in some very awful way – the worst tires I have EVER used in 4 decades of cycling, despite being handmade and boasting thread count of 300 tpi.

  2. Gugie July 19, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    Can you let us know who the other 9 contestants are? Those were some really spectacular pictures!