Flavio Zappi rode as a professional cyclist in the early 1980s, wore the king of the mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia and finished 12th in the 1984 Milan-San Remo Classic, which was won by Francesco Moser, before quitting cycling and concentrating on a career in the catering industry.
Zappi has lived in Oxford since 1997, where he now runs a coffee shop. However, he only got back on his bike in late 2007 when he rescued an old bike from a skip and after a few outings met up with the Oxford University CC for a ride – although he didn’t reveal his illustrious pedigree first time out.
Zappi now has his own club in Oxford and offers an opportunity to be part of a club and enjoy clean cycling, sharing a passion and spreading the word to young people about the virtues of cycling.
You can find out more about Zappi’s CC here