Joe Vargetto is the Weekly Rider! In between owning and running Italian restaurant, Mister Bianco and setting up his new Italian Osteria, Massi in Little Collins Street, Melbourne, he always finds time to get out on the bike.
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Name: Joe Vargetto
Lives: Balwyn North
My current bike is the one. Pinarello Dogma F8 Black Di2 Durace, Enve Wheels from Bike Gallery... I bought it 3 months ago.
Favourite local ride.
I love the ride from my house to Sorrento, I like how the landscape changes from urban, city, then country.
My current cycling goal is...
Is to ride in Italy with InGamba tours, the beautiful chianti region and beyond.
When I am on the bike I...
Enjoy the freedom and the real world and stresses are a million miles away.
How did your love for bikes come about.
My love for bikes has been always evident, from riding retro dragsters as a kid to today. I enjoy travelling long distances knowing it's just you to get there and no engine.
Share a cycling memory.
There have been many memories but one really positive one was when had stopped riding for a few years.
Amy Gillet ride was launched in Geelong, I wanted to do it for her memory. It was 180 km in scorching hot whether and with no training. I did it and that catapulted back onto the saddle... and I also ended up 30kg lighter!
I love to ride because...
Riding is about fitness and the bonds that you make along the way. I love the community and how we support each other.