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Thank you to everyone who sent us an article explaining why Marco Pantani was an inspiration for them. After reading all of your submissions, we decided to publish James Layland's small exert on the way Marco shaped his teenage life. Like many of us, James found solace in what the pirate portrayed. What has always amazed us is the wide variety of inspiration Pantani was able to create, from the youngest aspiring cyclist to the adult struggling with their inner demons.


Please feel free to add your own experiences in the comments below and continue to get in touch about the ways in which Marco Pantani inspired you. We hope many more people can continue to find comfort in Il Pirata.


My Inspiration - James Layland


I was 4 in 1997 when I first saw Marco Pantani on the Telly, narrated by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Pantani inspired me through to my early teens when I asked my parents for a new bike for my birthday. They took me to the local 'tatty' toy shop and said pick one. I said these are all totally wrong. I want a racer. I want to be as fast as Pantani. My Dad just laughed to himself as he was a marathon runner and 'got it'.


As I got older I trained hard, I was 6ft4 and rode up climbs in a 53x19 like it was nothing. Then I found alcohol and a full time job. I packed it in (stopped cycling) as sponsorship 15 years ago was sparse in comparison to what it is today.


If it wasn't for Marco, I'd probably be like many of my childhood friends, alcoholics with not much to show from their life. Marco may have lost his life, but he saved so many and gave so many such inspiration to fight and be the underdog.


Welcome to our new Marco Pantani blog!


This space will be a forum dedicated for discussion of all things Il Pirata. Pantani Brothers will regularly post feature topics for discussion which users can then comment on.


Our first blog post will be released on the anniversary of Marco's 52nd birthday, Thursday 13th January. Our article topic: why / how Marco Pantani was an inspiration for you? Please send in your responses by Wednesday 12th January. Articles should be sent to our email address: pantanibrothers@gmail.com or you can contact us directly on our social media (Instagram / Facebook) @pantanibrothers.


Pantani Brothers favourite article will then be posted for discussion on Thursday 13th January. Other articles received will be stored, reviewed and possibly published in the future. Thank you to everyone who has sent us messages over the last year and supported our vision. We want to preserve the memory of a great man who gave everything to his sport. We look forward to receiving and reading your articles before discussing Marco with you all!


Finally, special mention goes to Tom Worthington (IG: @misterworthington) for suggesting La Gazzetta Del Pirata. A great name to continue the legacy! Thanks Tom.


We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year,

Pantani Brothers