Born in 1931 in a small rural town in the state of São Paulo, Anésio Argenton grew up to become the icon of Brazilian cycling during the sport’s golden years from the 1940s and 1960s. While the likes of Gino Bartali were dominating the glamorous European cycling scene to fanfare, the tall and handsome Anésio juggled his training regime while still working on the railroads in his home town of Araraquara - meaning the ‘hole full of macaws’ in the indigenous Tupi dialect - and was known by locals as ‘the boy who cycled faster than a bullet’.
With almost no financial or personnel support and with substantially inferior equipment to his competitors, he went on to excel at two Olympics and was the winner of a number of prestigious international competitions, including the Pan-American games, during his career for Brazil and Brazilian bicycle maker Caloi.
After hanging up his Caloi 10 road bike, Anésio discretely retired to Araraquara to run his own small bicycle repair shop and passed away in 2001. Largely unknown to younger generations, Anésio Argenton and his distinct cycling jerseys are only now being remembered as cycling grows in popularity and the appreciation for Brazilian heritage waxes across the country.