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The impressive story of the 77 year-old who descended the Stelvio at night with no bars or brakes

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Giuliano Calore

Giuliano Calore, born in Padova (north-east Italy) in 1938, is a living legend of extreme cycling.

Some of his extraordinary exploits are now to be found in the Guinness Book of World Records, and led him to receive the coveted honour of King of Records in his field.

In 1981 he cycled up and down the Stelvio Pass playing 4 musical instruments, carrying a total weight of 33kg. In 1983, he crossed 14 Dolomite passes in 13 hours.

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The 77-year-old Italian has decided to suprise everyone achieving one last record: he wanted to exploit the twists and turns of the legendary Monte Stelvio Pass, the scenic location of some of his previous astounding demonstrations of equilibrium, tenacity and inexhaustible strength, and also where some of the most famous moments in the history of cycling have taken place.

This is his most impressive challenge so far: descending from the Stelvio Pass – at an altitude of 2758 m – at night, with all of its 48 hairpin turns, on a bike with no handlebars or brakes, illuminated only by a torch and moonlight.

Calore’s attempt was filmed from beginning to end for the film 48 Tornanti di Notte.