On March 20th, 2016, Team Cycling Academy - Israel's first pro cycling team took on a special ride.
The team, which consist of 14 riders coming from 10 different countries, chose a different path than the one it usually practices on its daily training rides.
For a day, the riders ignored their specific intense training routine and took on a 200km journey through the heart of Tuscany - starting in Florence and finishing at world heritage city of Assisi - copying the exact same route Bartali use to ride by himself.
The course, that started in Bartali's house in Florence and ended in Assisi, took the riders along the route that Bartali rode through, while delivering fake documents for Italy Jews.
Bartali, who was honoured in 2013 as a Righteous among the Nations by the Yad Vashem institute, used his bike to save more than 800 Jews during the Holocaust.
During the war, the Italian Champion, who won multiple editions of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, used his fame to carry messages and documents to the Italian Resistance. Cycling from Florence, through Tuscany, pretending to being "training", he hid the secret documents inside his bike frame, risked his life, and in doing so helped save over 800 Jews.
Years later, it was announced that Bartali hid a Jewish family in his cellar, and kept them away from the Nazis.
Yet, Bartali never talked about his great deeds during the Holocaust. "il bene si fa, ma non si dice" he used to say- "Good is something you do, not something you talk about".