«Cosa dovrebbero fare i giovani (e anche i vecchi) ciclisti italiani in caso di guerra vera»: velocipedismo, “sport del turismo” e Corpo Volontari Ciclisti Automobilisti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] «What should young (and old) Italian cyclists do in the event of a real war»: velocipedismo, “tourism sport” and Volunteer Corps for motorcyclists

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Abstract

The experience reflects a way of defining the sport-athletic activities as "useful" in developing the individual and collective moral state. The Corps Volunteer Cyclists-drivers, was able to gather, though in its short life span, the intentions of a typical Milanese progressivism; the futuristic exaltations of many artists, the late-Risorgimento patriotism, still looking to realize the national revolution leading Italy in taking a place among the great powers. The educational value - in a physical and "spiritual" sense- bestowed to the activities of "free time" found in each “Volunteer Corps Cyclists-drivers” its natural place, emblematic of the social and the national "sportman" represented not merely as the man leading the game but rather embodying the competitive spirit necessary to overcome ones individual limitations and natural difficulties. Thereby maturing those civic virtues intended to benefit the nation, especially in crucial times of War. The contribution reconstructs the story of the birth of the military Corps Volunteer Cyclists-drivers, considering its cultural background and social context, which enabled and promoted the rise of the Touring Club in particular and the Audax association with their unique vision on"sports tourism".
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] «What should young (and old) Italian cyclists do in the event of a real war»: velocipedismo, “tourism sport” and Volunteer Corps for motorcyclists
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLo sport alla Grande Guerra
Pages36-54
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventLo sport alla Grande Guerra - Firenze
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

Publication series

NameQuaderni della Società italiana di storia dello sport

Conference

ConferenceLo sport alla Grande Guerra
CityFirenze
Period1/1/15 → …

Keywords

  • ciclismo
  • cycling
  • prima guerra mondiale
  • sport
  • volontari
  • volunteers
  • world war I

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