For British cycling purists of a certain age the name Ciocc will forever be associated with some of the Russian, Czech and Polish hard men who dominated the toughest stages of the legendary Milk Race during the 70’s and 80’s .
The bikes many of them rode were Italian and, in particular, built by Ciocc (pronounced “church”). Success in the Milk Race made them popular in British pelotons of the era where they were often considered the equal of other better known classic Italian frames available at the time.
Fast forward 30 years and Ciocc still produce some of the finest Italian-made frames available. Ciocc is still held in high esteem by Italian cognoscenti and the current range continues to build on its racing heritage, offering a choice of carbon with the Devilry and Keen Blade or aluminium for the Mokba and San Cristobal framesets.
Ciocc cycles are now being imported by Grupetto Italia, based in the Chiltern Hills and founded by cycling-mad brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien. They aim to provide the finest Italian bikes available for customers who want a bit more than the obvious choices when investing in a high end bike. Says Dom; “What’s so exciting about Ciocc is that they are still locally produced, using skills and techniques that allow for each one to be totally unique to its owner.”
For more information visit www.grupettoitalia.co.uk