Italian professional road racer Ivan Basso returned to racing at the Japan Cup last October, and his bike sponsor Cannondale is auctioning the custom SuperSix he raced, with proceeds to be donated to the Emiko Seal Fund.
Emiko Seal is a committee member of the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club. In 1989, she started a world tour by bicycle with her husband Steve. Together, they cycled 77 countries and over 11,000 kilometres. Just before completing the goal in 2001, she was diagnosed with cancer and was given just six months to live. She fought the cancer into remission and recommenced the tour in 2004.
Last year, the cancer returned and Emiko now fights for her life. She continues her lectures “Dream, hope and courage” and has written a book Beyond Cancer: Aim Towards the Horizon.
“Cancer has touched my own family, too,” Basso added. “It’s something that has united many of us in cycling, and I’m proud that this bicycle is going to an excellent cause.” Basso's mother died from cancer in January 2005.
The bike, custom-painted by Artech Design near Bologna, Italy, features a Japanese warrior theme and Japanese writing that denotes the occasion of Basso’s return to pro cycling in the 2008 Japan Cup. It was raced by Basso to a third-place finish in the race behind compatriot Damiano Cunego.
The auction can be found from www.cyclestyle.net and ends March 20.