The last time the shop had been in contact with Cinelli was in the late 1980s. The frame in question is probably the one that was special ordered via the shop from Cinelli for the Estonian track cyclist Erika Salumäe, who according to Wikipedia “won the first Olympic gold medal for Estonia after the country regained its independence in 1991.
“Salumäe won gold medal in track cycling in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, competing for the USSR team and in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, competing for Estonia. From 1981 to 1989, she won 10 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals in the World Championships “
It seems very likely to me that this was the very frame she rode for the ladies gold medal in Seoul in 1988, I mean it’s a damn Cinelli Laser Pista so it needs to be the fastest bike there is, right? So now you know.
Thanks to Fixed Gear Blog for a great story. It’s interesting to think there’s a story behind every secondhand frame that will probably never be known…