Feature film about Il Campionissimo with supporting vintage footage

Fausto Coppi is to be celebrated at a set of film screenings at the Hammersmith Cyclists' Film Show 2013.

Coppi, twice winner of the Tour de France in 1949 and 1952, rode to victory in all the grand Tours, one day races, world championships and record attempts. He was known as Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions.

His trademark move was to ride massive time gaps over his opponents – “the man alone” was the greatest of cycle racing’s escape artists.

The Hammersmith Cyclists' Film Show 2013 will be showing the 1996 feature film Coppi – An Italian Story, at 1.30 pm on Sunday January 27th 2013, at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

The supporting programme includes films of the UK racing scene from 40 years ago, and extracts from the film biography of Beryl Burton.

Tickets cost  £8.50 (£7.50 concs) and the event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets early.

For more information and to book tickets, visit Riverside Studios.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.