Let me ask you this? What is cycling for you? Or what is your first thought when the term cycling comes into your mind? Tour de France, maybe? Or sometimes that extreme BMX freestyle. But there lies a section which takes this sport to an extreme level possible and a certain Vittorio Brumotti of Italy is the prime specimen of it.
Vittorio Brumotti, who has 10-time Guinness World Record to his name, says cycling is something which started as a passion before it eventually became his way of life. Born in Liguria, Italy, Brumotti – on paper – is a road bike freestyler who never fails to achieve the extremes of life. Now 38, Vittorio’s interest in cycling commenced at the tender age of 11 when he saw “two Italian riders performing a show in his country,” and since then, the only way was up.
Enroute to winning various tournaments and championship, Vittorio also managed to grab as many as 10 Guinness World Record; first of which came in 2007 where he jumped the rear wheel of his “pedal companion” 20 hurdles, which where 1.5 meters distant from each other. Another one of his records includes climbing up the tallest building on the planet, Burj Khalifa. Vittorio bunny-hopped the 4,000 steps in just 2 hours 20 minutes.
And for achieving such artistry, Vittorio has worked for every tear of his sweat. “A regular training day starts with a good breakfast and some exercise. I train on the road bike, riding 100km. Then I go to my personal training box to try new performances and new stunts,” he told Bikes Magazine back in 2015.
Vittorio’s life is all about achieving the impossibility, as he has ridden his pedal companion at the most unfavourable conditions possible. You don’t believe? Watch him riding his bike at the edge of Grand Canyon:
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And to say ‘you need the nerves of steel to do that’ would be an utter understatement in this case, wouldn’t it? Another one of Vittorio’s stunts was performed in Barcelona where he was seen riding on the edge of a wooden walk bridge high above the ground.
And if you think the Italian’s life is as smooth as a whistle, let me tell you that he has acquired several critics over the years with his stunts. His showing in Barcelona, in particular, gathered several carping as many mentioned his act could have caused a severe accident amongst the drivers driving due to a distraction.
A commentator, Gavin Knight, said: “Stupid. I love watching talented cyclists perform remarkable feats, but this is selfish. One slip and not only would he have risked his life, but the lives of those below.”
“Imagine a cyclist crashing through a windscreen, or landing in the road ahead of you. Nope. He should be getting a bollocking from his sponsors for that bullshit.”
Some even demanded a firm police action against the Italian.
As of now though, he has developed leaps and bounds and remains associated with Astana Pro Team. And as far as his personal life is concerned, he was once associated with designer Roberta Armani and is now in a relationship with Sardinian showgirl Giorgia Palmas. Furthermore, says he loves cooking, has several tattoos on his body and has a passion for special cars.
Vittorio is an Italian hero and has also appeared in several local TV shows, including Striscia la Notizia programme, which is a satirical Italian show. He has been associated with the show since 2008 and while it was initially all about him bringing reports through his stunt, his task has improved, to say the least.
Cycling Tips quotes that he now works as an undercover, who wears a hidden camera and covers the dangerous side of the country, which includes getting footage of drug dealers. And the job, obviously, isn’t easy as he has been beaten multiple times and has received threats on occasions.
Camorra is the cancer of Italy. It is the mafia from Naples,” he tells CyclingTips. “My job is to go in the supermarket of drugs, cocaine, with the spy cam, and ask about cocaine.
“Then to go back to pusher, the boss, and return with my reporter card and show him his face [in secretly-recorded photos]. ‘You are a pusher.’ After this, usually the pusher puts a shot in my car, but I have it bullet proofed.
“I think is a revolution. Because I am from sports. Sports is a unique drug, a unique cocaine. This is my cocaine – adrenaline.
“Stop with the fucking drugs.”
Back in February this year, police even found a bullet hole in his car, which Andrea Oddone – his agent – described as the most dangerous moment. “When I received the news of this attack, I sent a message to him,” says Oddone. “I said, ‘wow, now it is going to be very, very dangerous…’
“And he replied to me with a message: a smile.
“This is Vittorio…”
Now you know why he is the Daredevil, right?