Road to Valor

Road to Valor

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Andres McConnon, Historical Researcher; Co-author, Road to Valor
Aili McConnon, Journalist; Co-Author, Road to Valor

Gino Bartali was a chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, Tuscan cyclist who won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, and set the Tour record, unbroken to this day, for the longest time span between victories. During World War II, Bartali secretly used his cycling fame to help Jews being persecuted by the Nazis by smuggling false identity documents, hidden in the frame of his bicycle, past military checkpoints and by sheltering a Jewish family in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings. Andres and Aili McConnon, authors of Road to Valor, the first book in English about Bartali and the first book  to fully investigate Bartali’s humanitarian efforts during the war, explore his life and legacy as one of the most important athletes of the 20th century.

MLF: International Relations
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing 
$20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: In association with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition