Day 14: The Patron Saint of Cyclists

17 01 2010

I guess if I were either (a) someone who attends church or (b) a more experienced cyclist, I would have known before now that there’s a patron saint of cyclists: Madonna del Ghisallo. According to, “Legend has it that in mediaeval times, a local count was being attacked by bandits when he saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, and running towards this vision saved him. Thus, the Madonna del Ghisallo became the patroness of travellers. Then, in 1949 a local priest managed to persuade Pope Pius XII to admit her as the patroness of cyclists.” The shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo, on a hill close to Lake Como in Italy, includes a small cycling museum with photos and cycling-related artifacts. I guess there’s a patron saint for just about everything.

I tend to be pretty superstitious. One of my biggest superstitions occurs when I fly on a plane. I hate to fly. It terrifies me like nothing else. (Spiders follow in a close second place). I avoid flying whenever possible, but when I do have to fly (or when a loved one does) I wear a St. Christopher medal (the patron saint of travellers). I was wearing that medal during a bad car accident I was in back in college, so it’s been my good luck charm since then. Now that I know there’s a patron saint of cyclists, I’m on a quest to find one of those medals. I’ve seen a few photos of the medal affixed to the top tube on people’s bikes, but I don’t know where to get them. If anyone knows, any information would be appreciated.

Today’s starting weight: 151. I’m determined to get under 150 this week.

Today’s food journal:

— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal.

— 2 pieces leftover pizza = 676

Dinner (at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant):
— Alicha doro wot (a stew with chicken, potato, garlic and other spices) = 278
— Kik Wot (spicy lentils) = 120
— 1 cup brown rice = 216

— Fat free pudding =60

Thanks for visiting! See you tomorrow.



One response

28 09 2010
Day 268: Athlete’s HoneyMilk « Cyclingproject365

[…] Did you know that yesterday was National Chocolate Milk Day? Yeah, me neither. I saw it mentioned online yesterday after I published last night’s post. There seems to be a national holiday for almost everything. Much the same as there seems to be a patron saint for just about everything (even one for cyclists, as I mentioned here and here.)  […]

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