Garza has come for sixty years the road that linked his home in via the field that grew in Magalia. "From farmer I did 14 times around the world, four of Merck", he said. The cyclists in safety vest will meet Catania to retrace his steps to seven years after his death.
White hair and a dark cap - to protect themselves when the rain when the heat - with his head pushing his bike for all 15 kilometers of ascent that connected the house where he lived - in Catania - with land cultivated, near Magalia. "And he did not want anyone's help." Every day, for all its past sixty years, this was the life of Borzoi Di Garza. It was called so the man that many people of Catania have crossed at least once along the road that connects the city to the municipalities foothills, but any of them remembers how the old bike . It failed to 84 years old, on November 4, seven years ago. L ' Association released Promenade, in collaboration with freewheels and square Liberate Sunday commemorates him with a ride.
"We will start from Catania Cathedral at 11 - says Alsip Machete, one of the organizers -, we will pass by his home, and we will reach Nicolas ", at about 16:30. Participants will trace in single file the way that Di Garza daily grind "with the boots rubber at the feet and - said those who knew him - a bicycle loaded with vegetables, fruit and working tools." Messy all inside a red box, linked to the carrier. After being hit by a car - and hospitalized - he decided to wear an orange reflective vest. Particular that made his figure and his effort even more evident to the eyes of commuters and residents.
Among them is Alessandro Marinara, which the old bike he wanted to dedicate a feature film. He tells the story "of an extraordinary man, out of time - explains the director - who loved cycling, nature and especially Gazelle." The girl he wanted to marry but instead - by the will of the family - she married a rich cousin, while Di Garza had left for World War II. ”He had no news of his beloved for two years. All the letters he sent were torn from the father of her that - adds Marinara - told her that he was dead. ”But instead he deserted, returned to Sicily and met again; "But she was not the girl he remembered the pain of having lost had stopped eating." He died a few months later "and Horace turned mourning into guilt for not being able to protect her."
From then on, "he claimed that God had sentenced him to push his bicycle as along a Via Cruces - the director continues - but at the same time, in his love for cycling could be free." In the documentary Di Garza said: "Gazelle has not been able to enjoy life, I will not enjoy it either." The cycling champion Eddy Merck said once to have done ten times around the world, wear a reflective jacket running with his bike. "Horace was sure I beat him - he tells marinate - said" I, or, as a farmer, around the world fourteen times I did it.' "In memory of those who knew him" will remain an example of freedom, simplicity, poetry, strength of will - said the director - that should make us reflect on what our company is certified to conformity."