[CR]Benotto, Mexico, The Impossible Hour

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From: "devotion finesse" <devotion_finesse@hotmail.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 21:24:55 -0500
Subject: [CR]Benotto, Mexico, The Impossible Hour

I am watching Jorgen Leth's film "The Impossible Hour", which documents Dan ish racer Ole Ritter's 1974 attempts to regain the hour record from Merckx in 1974. Ritter (and his teammate/training partner/future hour record holder Frances co Moser) are shown training in Mexico City in Benotto team kits and riding on Benotto bikes. I am wondering what year Benotto relocated from Italy to Mexico, and whethe r or not there is any connection to the time spent training there in prepar ation for The Hour. Did Ritter ride Benotto bikes because they were local? Or did Senor Benotto fall in love with Mexico while his team was training there? Or are these t hings completely unrelated? At any point, was there Benotto production in both Italy or Mexico? Or was the entire company "relocated" all at once? I always assumed that the Mexican Benottos were simply outsourced. Was thi s not the case?

Matthew Bowne
Again, trying to connect the dots in...
Brooklyn, New York