Antoni Folqué includes more than a hundred years of Martorell cycling in his book

Presentation ‘History of cycling in Martorell’ by Antoni Folqué

Antoni Folqué presented his book this Thursday on the terrace of the Library History of cycling in Martorell. 1889-2006. A review of the evolution of the sport of cycling in our country, with proper names, milestones, anecdotes and images. He was accompanied by the Mayor Xavier Fonollosa and the Councilor for Sports, Gerard Mimó, and Cisco Querol acted as master of ceremonies.

Between 1992 and 2014, Folqué was president of the Penya Ciclista de Martorell and discovered that the history of this sport in our town came from afar. He met many cyclists, collected many images and documented himself at the Museu Antic de Barcelona, ​​the Museu Municipal Vicenç Ros and the Arxiu Municipal de Martorell in order to write a book. Thanks to the information gathered and his prodigious memory, he made a first draft of 67 pages and now, at the age of almost 90, he has written about 300.

Antoni Folqué, autor

The book highlights proper names such as Maties Gasulla, who in 1929 was the first cyclist from Martorell to take part in the Tour of Catalonia. After the Civil War, Jaume Montaña and Josep Vidal were the great cyclists of the time. Montaña went to the Giro d’Italia in 1952 when it was very difficult to get there, as he went there for national teams. And Josep Vidal was selected in 1953 for the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. Vidal also inaugurated the 2,765-meter-high Stelvio Pass that year. He was the first Catalan to go there and Folqué the second, a few years later. Other brilliant names such as Gonçal Sariñena, Josep Fisa and Israel Núñez also appear in the publication.

Antoni Folqué, autor

The author became interested in cycling at a very young age, in the late 1940s, when he lived in the neighborhood of Can Carreres and met Jaume Montaña, who took part in the Volta a Catalunya every year. On both wheels, Folqué felt weakened by the ascent to mountain ports, about 190 have climbed to Montserrat, Ordal, Ullastrell, the plains of Peguera or Coll de Pal. Also in the Catalan and French Pyrenees; in the French, Swiss, Austrian, Italian and German Alps.

He has cycled three times a 147-kilometer march in the Dolomites, passing through eight mountain passes at more than 2,000 meters. His first race abroad was at the port of Galibier and Lizoart, doing up to 192 kilometers of ascent and 4,500 meters of elevation gain.

Interview with Antoni Folqué on Ràdio Martorell


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