Benotto pista

It’s November 18th, 2014, and the opening night of the Six-Days of Ghent. We were at the entrance of the legendary “Kuipke” velodrome. Man and woman from all ages and social classes have gathered to witness a competition amongst world’s best track cyclists. But it’s not just about cycling – many people are here for a party that will go on for another five nights.

As soon as you enter the velodrome, you will be hit by loud disco music and roaring derny’s accompanied with the smell of fried onions, hamburgers and Belgian beer. The atmosphere in the venue is something exceptional. The opening night of the Ghent Six-Days races is a big event on the social calendar of this city, directed by the famous track cyclist Patrick Sercu.

‘t Kuipke is located at Citadel Park in Ghent, East Flanders. A literal translation of t’ Kuipke is ‘the little tub’. When you enter ‘t Kuipke for the very first time you are immediately impressed by the dimensions of the wooden oval. The track is only 166 meters long with extremely steep 48% banks in the corners. For the 6-day riders this small and steep track means a difficult technical ride, very different from most other 6-day tracks that are 250m to 333m in length. For the 6-day racer ‘t Kuipke means short straight-aways and tight quick turns. The centrifugal force will literally whip the track cyclists through the corners and catapult them out down the straightaway. Many track cyclists have said; if you can ride here, you can do it anywhere…

In between team- and individual eliminations, flying lap time trials, madisons, super sprints and derny races we go fueling up at the bar. Next to us a tall man in his seventies, wearing an old cycling jersey is writing in his pocket notebook. He is so focused that he forgets about the queue at the bar. A cacophony of applause and cheering from the spectators indicates a new race is about to begin. While the bartender serves our drinks, the tall man checks his watch, takes a few more notes and disappears in the crowd.

We are at the center of the track and this is where the party is going on… along the way we meet people dressed up in carnival costumes, groups of friends singing along to drinking songs, laughing, dancing and treating themselves to local beer. While the crowd was dense and constantly moving, the tall man catches our eye again; he’s alone, observing and analysing the performance of the cycling teams.

Out of curiosity we decide to approach the man for a chat. His passion for the Six-Day race event runs deep he says; ever since he was a child he has been facinated and intrigued by track cycling. He tells us he had never been able to cycle due to medical reasons and about his dream to share this passion with his son. The bell indicates the final lap. The man checks his watch and takes another note in his book. He became a football player he said – a good one. He rode his track bike twice and it’s been catching dust for the last 35 years he continued…

We told the man about our passion and exchanged contact details. What follows next is the result…

This Benotto pista frame has it’s orginal, beautiful “Champagne” paint and decals. The chrome forks are in perfect condition! It came with a mix of low-quality components – but we knew what to do. We spent almost 2 years sourcing Campagnolo Record pista, NISI, and Cinelli parts from all over the world, cleaning the frame carefully and building it up slowly, with close attention to details and period correctness.



A closer look at the lug details and decals…

Cinelli pista components and Benotto handlebar tape – what else!

Frame details, Cinelli Unicanitor saddle, Campagnolo Record pista groupset and NISI pista Speciale rims

Please find some additional information on the components below:

Headset Campagnolo Record pista
Crankset Campagnolo Record pista 167.5 – 144 BCD
Chainring Campagnolo Record pista 52t
Sprocket Campagnolo Record pista 15t
Chain Wippermann Red Star 1/2 1/8
Hubs Campagnolo Record pista 28h
Rims NISI Pista Speciale
Pedals Campagnolo Record pista
Stem Cinelli 2A pista
Handlebars Cinelli pista
Seatpost Campagnolo Record 27.2
Saddle Cinelli Unicanitor

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Comments (9)

  1. Nice build and photos! I have the same bycicle, with Campagnolo Record, San Marco Concor Super Confot and Cinelli Milano Combo (stem and handlebar). It is a great frame forever. Im from Guatemala

    1. Hi Santiago, thank you for your feedback!
      It’s a great frame indeed and don’t we all love champagne ;-)
      Feel free to post a link where we can see yours. Kind regards, Ciclostudio

  2. Hi,
    First of all, congrats for this beauty. Patience during buildup was worth it.
    I have also a Benotto, road race model with the same lugs, same panto on the seat stays.
    I was not able to identify who build the frame. I was told that it could be from the Italian frame builders Péga of Picchio. Do you have any idea?
    Kind regards from Belgium (and yes, also passionate about 6 days Ghent) ;)

    1. Thank you for the feedback Nico! I’m sorry but I haven’t done much research on Benotto framebuilders.
      Feel free to share it here if you found out more… always happy to learn!

  3. Hallo.

    Erik Boelen en ondergetekende zijn al een tijdje bezig met het op juiste wijze reproduceren van zo juist mogelijke stickers/decals van Benotto.
    Op deze Pista Benotto zitten precies dezelfde als op mijn (gestolen) Benotto 2500 uit1979.
    Zou het mogelijk zijn om de foto’s in een zo goed mogelijke kwaliteit naar me te mailen. De kleur van het frame hebben we met behulp van 5 Benotto’s zo nauwkeurig mogelijk proberen te benaderen. Als u een exacte kleur weet, zou dat voor ons een bevestiging kunnen betekenen. We zijn niet van plan hier een winst-handel van te maken.
    Bij voorbaat dank!
    Theo de Bruijn
    Erik Boelen

  4. Beste Theo,

    Bedankt voor uw bericht. De exacte kleur(code) van het frame weet ik helaas niet. Dit frame zit nog in de originele lak en ik ben er daarom nooit naar op zoek gegaan.
    “Gus Salmon Decals” heeft me ooit gecontacteerd met dezelfde vraag over de decals, hij had toen enkel nog een foto in hoge resolutie nodig van de seat tube decal om zijn decal-set te finaliseren.
    Hij zei me dat hij een enorme Benotto fan was en deze set tot in de puntjes ging uitwerken. Misschien kan u bij hem terecht voor de complete set?
    Indien ik u van dienst kan zijn doe ik dat ook met plezier, laat maar weten indien nodig.


  5. Hi there. I just got a similar Benotto frame. The original owner stripped it down and painted candy red but it left the fork and the back silver. Would love to get your opinion on where to source the rest of the parts to make it looks similar to this beauty. Thanks!

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