Robert Dill-Bundi, Swiss Pursuit Champion

$325.00

A fantastic looking jersey in great condition.

Robert Dill-Bundi was a standout track cyclist specializing in the Pursuit. Notably, he clinched the Junior World Pursuit Champion title in 1975 and 1976. His success extended to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, where he took home the gold in the Pursuit event. In 1984, he became the World Keirin Champion, adding to his achievements as a multiple-time Swiss Champion in Pursuit, Kilometer, and Points events. Additionally, he and partner Urs Freuller secured victory at the Zurich Six Days in 1982, and he won Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia.

This jersey was acquired directly from the Augusto Gotti family and was part of the collection in the legendary Bar Augusto in Villa d’Alme, Italy. Bar Augusto was a key host to professional and amateur cycling teams from the 1960s through the 1980s.

This jersey includes the original label and photo of Dill-Bundi from Bar Augusto.

Size: N/A

Chest: 38 inches / 96 cm  (19 inches / 48 cm measured armpit to armpit)

Length: 28 in / 71 cm

Maker: N/A

Each jersey is one of a kind; please look carefully at the photos to determine the condition.

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Description

So what is Pursuit?

Pursuit is a track cycling event that showcases both speed and strategy. It involves two cyclists starting from opposite sides of the track and racing over a set distance, typically 4 kilometers for men and 3 kilometers for women. The objective is to catch up to and overtake the opponent, with the race ending when one cyclist successfully closes the gap. The tactical element comes into play as riders must gauge their pacing to conserve energy for the final push. It’s a test of physical endurance and strategic prowess, making Pursuit a compelling and dynamic discipline in track cycling.

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Bar Augusto

Bar Augusto, located in Alme (Bergamo), Italy, was renowned for its support of cycling teams and its world-class bicycle racing collection that focused on trophies and race-worn jerseys. A family-owned business, the bar and its attached inn flourished in the 1970s and 1980s. Augusto Gotti, the enterprise’s face, welcomed amateur national teams to stay at Bar Augusto while the riders trained and raced in the region. Many Western and Eastern Bloc national teams embraced the Gotti family’s welcoming spirit and were among the most ardent supporters.

Bar Augusto 1966
Augusto Gotti (Center) with Edy Schütz (Left), Luxembourg National Champion and winner of the 1966 Tour of Luxembourg,  and an unknown third person pictured in the interior of the famous watering hole.

Augusto was a devoted cycling fan and astute collector of jerseys. Active and retired professional and amateur riders gave the bar hundreds of jerseys, all hung with pride on the walls of the storied bar. The jersey collection read like a venerable who’s who of the cycling world from the 1950s through the 1980s. Coppi, Gimondi, Motta, Merckx, Anquetil, Van Looy, Altig, and hundreds more professional jerseys hung alongside the best of the best Eastern Bloc riders. Given its incredible diversity, depth, and breadth, it would be challenging, if not impossible, to build the same collection today.

With time, Augusto decided to retire, close the bar, and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life in his autumn years. A year or so before Augusto passed away, and with the help of former Polish and US National Team Coach Eddie Borysewicz, we were honored to acquire the Gotti Collection. Augusto’s and our collection combined beautifully, and between the two, there were only two overlapping items: an Eddy Merckx maillot jaune and a Bernard Hinault Renault team jersey. To this day, our collection is what is thanks in no small measure to a quaint bar and inn tucked into a picturesque valley in Northern Italy.

By Brett Horton, Jan 2021

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Each jersey is one of a kind; please look carefully at the photos to determine the condition.

 

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs