Ordinary people for Extraordinary stories

Extraordinary stories

Emiliano Galli, 41 anni, marito di Emily, padre di Pietro e Amelia, professione fashion designer e un’infinita passione per lo sport e l’estremo. Emiliano incontra il ciclismo dopo aver praticato per anni sport da combattimento e paracadutismo. Entra a far parte della community Rolling Dreamers nel dicembre del 2019 e racconta a Coach Zaina con stupefacente naturalezza di aver raggiunto nell’agosto dello stesso anno l’omologazione Everesting…

Emiliano nell’agosto del 2018 raggiunge l’omologazione Everesting ripetendo la salita del Monte Serra per 12 volte in 23 ore e 49 minuti, totalizzando un dislivello totale di 9322 metri ed entrando a far parte della “Everesting Hall of Fame Italy”, il registro italiano in cui sono attualmente presenti 316 atleti. Dopo questo grande successo personale nel 2019 Emiliano alza l’asticella mettendo nel mirino “Everesting Hall of fame HRS”, registro al quale si accede coprendo un dislivello di almeno 10000 metri.

Emiliano per questa sua nuova imprese sceglie una salita di tutto rispetto, il San Pellegrino in Alpe: 12.6 km, 1089 metri di dislivello, pendenza media del 9,1% . Non una salita, una vera e propria avventura, in cui i primi 9 km oscillano tra il 9% ed il 12% e nel finale non scendono mai sotto 15% con punte oltre il 20%.

Cos’è Everesting? Il concetto è molto semplice: prendi una salita e ripetila tante volte quante bastano per totalizzare un dislivello positivo almeno pari all’altezza del Monte Everest, 8848 metri, ovviamente in una sola ride.

Emiliano inizia a lavorare duramente insieme al Rolling Coach Luca Zaina e al nutrizionista Andrea Zonza per curare tutti i dettagli della preparazione atletica e nutrizionale. Al resto ci pensa la motivazione, la resilienza e la passione di Emiliano che riesce a far fronte a un programma di allenamento di 30 settimane con continuità e precisione: passa da lavori di forza e qualità sui rulli durante la settimana a dei “lunghissimi” nel weekend con uscite da più di 10 ore e oltre 7000 metri di dislivello.

Il 13 Agosto 2019 è il grande giorno: Emiliano parte allo scoccare della mezzanotte e in 19 ore e 32 minuti copre 10000 metri di dislivello e 240 km percorrendo per 10 volte la salita prescelta. Il tutto reso ancora più impegnativo dalla notevole escursione termica che nel corso della giornata ha visto il termometro passare da una minima di 8° a una massima di 36°.

Grazie Emiliano, il tuo essere straordinariamente ordinario ci ha emozionato e ci rende orgogliosi di averti con noi. E adesso? Testa e gambe al prossimo traguardo da raggiungere insieme…


RD Athletics

Rolling Dreamers goes Athletics

Two years have passed since the official opening of the Rolling Dreamers Club. We had unforgettable adventures and lived experiences that we thought were impossible.

Today a new chapter of the Rolling Dreamers project opens, and is the demonstration that the time spent chasing dreams is never wasted, and that sharing dreams they become more real, and bigger. Today begins the adventure of RD Athletics: our way of understanding training for endurance sports.

RD Athletics is a project based on the experience and professionalism developed over the years, but above all it’s something about our passions, and the desire to put into practice what we have learned working together with people, and sharing dreams and aspirations.

RD Athletics was born to offer high quality training services for endurance sports and more, and is designed – as always – for those who put their body, mind and heart into sport, without stopping dreaming.

RD Athletics was born to offer high quality training services for endurance sports and more, and is designed - as always - for those who put their body, mind and heart into sport, without stopping dreaming.

Selective not exclusive training club

RD Athletics, “Selective – Not Exclusive – Training Club”, is a closed-number training program.

We decided to adopt this formula to be able to closely monitor every member of the club, and be able to focus on individual needs and goals. The training courses will be customized so that everyone can work at their best, and achieve the best results based on their level of preparation, their goals and their needs.

To access training programs – for sport endurance or functional training – there are no special requirements, we work with athletes at every level of preparation, from the novice to the expert. The only thing we ask for is a right mental attitude, motivation and the desire to get involved. From here our adventure can start: your goals will become our goals, and together we will develop a 360° personal growth path.

We are ready to start this new adventure, with our feet firmly on the ground and always looking at the moon.

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows

— Ralph Marston

Francesco’s way

Towards the IRONMAN

Francesco Giannecchini has been one of the first member of the Rolling Dreamers’ family,  when the project was still in its first step. Together with us, and under the guidance of Coach Zaina, he approached the triathlon and grew up crossing one finish after the other. His adventure started with the first triathlon on Olympic distance in Sirmione in 2017, and went on with the 2018 successes at the 70.3 of Pula, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualification in South Africa, the Florence Marathon, the Iron lake 70.3 in April 2019 and at Ironman 70.3 in Barcelona in May 2019.

In the last two years he went big and found the determination to achieve his goal: to participate in an IRONMAN distance race.

Let's celebrate this new goal together, proud to have you with us and ready to live a new adventure together!

A great performance

Francesco Giannecchini and Coach Zaina had set themselves a goal for the 2019 season: taking part in an IRONMAN, the toughest competition in the triathlon discipline.

Francesco’s debut was the IRONMAN of Klagenfurt in Austria, last 7th July.

When he crossed the finish line, closing with the remarkable time of 9 hours and 34 minutes, it was the achievement of a dream, not only personal but also shared with all the Rolling Dreamers.

Thanks Francesco for showing us once again that with enthusiasm and determination we can make our dreams come true, and that any limit can be overcome. This is the Rolling Dreamers approach and you are a model of passion, motivation and mentality.

Let’s celebrate this new goal together, proud to have you with us and ready to live a new adventure together!

Pain is the sign that I’m taking things to the next level


- Daniela Ryf

Memorable Challenges

What a couple! Giannecchini and Coach Zaina

Francesco Giannecchini joins the Rolling Dreamers family in 2017, when he faces his first Olympic Triathlon in Sirmione. It is the beginning of a journey with Coach Zaina, based on common goals: chasing the passion for sport putting our body, head and heart, with the desire to enrich ourselves as people. This synergy leads to great results and 2018 is a year of discoveries and growth for Francesco.

The participation in the 70.3 of Pula brings Francesco to the world championship final in South Africa, which he closes with a great time 4h:28′ for the 52nd position in his category. In November the racing season ends with the Florence marathon, where Francesco sets his personal record 2h:48′ and brings light in a cloudy day with an stunning performance: perfect synthesis of passion, sacrifice, willpower and great consistency in managing the mental and physical fatigue accumulated in a very busy year.

Go Francesco!

The challenge continues: on the way to the Ironman

The Ironman in Klagenfurt next July is the primary goal of Francesco and Coach Zaina for this 2019. An adventure beyond the Alps whose outcomes will be crucial for the next steps, with the hope, by both the athlete and the coach, to be soon on a plane to Hawaii for the IM World Championship. Dreaming is a must for a Rolling Dreamers, but come back to reality is not so bad considering the great start of the season! The winter hard, started with Coach Zaina in a week of busy training in Lanzarote, paid off and Francesco closed the Iron lake 70.3 on third place on April 28th. Next race on May 19th in Barcelona, ​​what to say? Go Francesco!

A good coach allows people to blossom. I've seen that.

- Dominique Moceanu

A Not Ordinary Camp


We are always looking for new ways to stop the routine and live some days of wonder, unexpected, adventure. That’s why we love so much the Not Ordinary Camps, the rare opportunities to do sport in our favourite way: out of the gym, with other people, open to anything. We believe this is the best way to make sport a unique experience, to team up and get in touch with nature. And the last three days in Bolgheri (29/31 March) did not disappoint us. We put together two groups – one of triathletes the other of pure cyclists – and we started a new experience.

Il Not Ordinary Camp is an opportunity to do sport in our favourite way: out of the gym, with other people, open to anything.

More than training

Not Ordinary Camp is not a common training camp. Certainly we had the technical side, and it is organized as a great training path. The training moments are fundamental and are managed by our coaches in a serious and professional way. Anyway, this isn’t a full immersion, but rather a path that allows you to enjoy a ride on a white road between the vineyards or a sunset on the cypress-lined avenue.

It’s an experience that provides moments of sharing, team building and openness to new realities. We had time for calm and relax at Podere Arduino, which gave us amazing food and breathtaking views. Awakenings full of energy in the quiet of the countryside. Moments of pure fun born of the chance encounter with locals, authentic and exuberant characters, 100% Tuscan. Three magical and extraordinary days, in perfect Not Ordinary Camp style.

When I prepare, I am not messing around. I find the right places, the right people, and the right environment.

- Conor McGregor

Keep it simple!

Keep it simple!

The Rolling Dreamers Club is a whirlwind of activities that give us energy and fill our hearts. But we know when it’s time to a change of pace and to put aside agendas, appointments and emergencies. Let’s take a break and clear the mind. Let’s get back to simple things.

We follow a simple but crucial idea: focus on the essential. A great challenge: learn how to take control of our life and time, ina a time  full of tasks and activities. Understanding what is essential and what is unnecessary and not be afraid to give more consideration to the simplest actions.

We have found in nature a great teacher, and be in harmony with it is a way to learn how appreciate the elementary laws and achieve a positive state of mind. It’s a joy that everyone can have at any time, but that often is taken for granted.
This is way we give ourselves moments dedicated to the discovery of simplicity in its extraordinary nature, moving away from the chaos of everyday life in the city.
Little things that help us live better and find our balance.

Biking, observe a landscape, enjoy friendship, light a fire or contemplate the beauty of nature. Because sometimes slowing down is the best way to move forward.

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

Paulo Coelho

A Wild Experience

Night Out in Bolgheri

Our passion for cycle tourism has taught us to love the natural landscapes and the territory, always in the journey perspective. We wanted to try a different approach, to experience nature in a more close and unconditional way.

So last January 11, a small but determined team of Rolling Dreamers left for the campaign of Bolgheri, a beautiful Tuscan village. The goal was to live a different experience, far from both the hustle and bustle of the city and the adrenaline of sports competition.

We arrived at the top of the hill, here the forest opened up revealing the immense vault of the sky, serene and starry.

Rolling Dreamers Base Camp

First we set up the base camp. We dealt with the tents and the wood and then we made the fire that helped us with the low winter temperatures. Then we dedicated ourselves to preparing the meal, trying to follow the techniques of bushcraft, which involves the use of resources available for survival in natural environments. We used elementary foods like potatoes, onions and eggs, using the ash and the embers of the bonfire to cook them. After this simple but tasty meal we took a long walk at night, up to the top of the hill above us. Here the forest thinned out revealing the immense vault of the sky, serene and starry. Before went back to base camp we made a new fire to be able to rest, get a hot drink, and enjoy the incredible wonder of nature.

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

- Stephen Hawking

A weekend at the Clubhouse

Bike Fitting with 4 Performance

A good way to start the year is find new energy and ideas, and this January we are doing a lot to get off on the right foot.

Last weekend – the 19th and 20th of January – the Club House hosted a lot of different events, rich and interesting moments and extravagant contests!

We are happy to have hosted the 4Performance guys, Enrico Licini and Alessio Camilli, who arrived in Florence from Treviso to share with us their skills, expertise and enthusiasm.

Enrico and Alessio work on bike fitting, and in the 3 days that we spent together they set the bikes of the Rolling Dreamers Club’s members. Bike fitting is a very technical process to set the bike (saddle, handlebars, stems) and allow the athlete to draw the most efficient angles while cycling: it’s a key step that works both in terms of performance and posture.

The bike is the perfect marriage of technology and human energy.

— Jeremy Corbyn

Sport&Endurance Nutrition Workshop

Enrico and Alessio participated with us in the life of the club, taking part in the Sunday tour and in the second event of the weekend at the Club House: the Sport&Endurance Nutrition workshop. This was an opportunity to introduce Andrea Zonza, biologist and nutritionist, but above all new member of the Rolling Dreamers Club staff.

Andrea held the workshop together with the coach Luca Zaina and they introduced a new project, which involves the two main aspects of sport, training and nutrition. Luca and Andrea will work together during this season to provide the Rolling Dreamers, along with the usual training tables, the nutritional indications based on the athletic goals and the seasonality of food.

The evening ended with the crowning of the winner of the contest “the better dessert for a sportsman”, followed by a caloric peak for all the participants of the workshop!

Luca and Andrea will work together during this season to provide the Rolling Dreamers, along with the usual training tables, the nutritional indications based on the athletic goals and the seasonality of food.

Join the RD Club!

2019 Membership Campaign

It’s been a year since the creation of the Rolling Dreamers Club. It was a year full of challenges, new projects and fun. But we’ll wait until the last day of 2018 to think about the year that has passed.

Now it’s time to start a new adventure and open the doors of the Rolling Dreamers Club to new energy and new friends: it’s time for the 2019 membership campaign!

If you believe that sport is a vehicle for positive values, if you want to share your daily sporting experience, if you like traveling and are always looking for new challenges: maybe you don’t know this, but you are a Rolling Dreamer!

There are no constraints to be a Rolling Dreamer, the only requirement is to share the values: dream, train, explore.

Be a Rolling Dreamer

The Rolling Dreamers Club is an international community that joins sportsman from 14 countries around the world, with members on all continents. There are no constraints – of experience, age, gender or belonging – to be a Rolling Dreamer, the only requirement is to share the values: “Dream, Train, Explore”.

DREAM because we believe in the social value of sport, and its positive effects on humans and environment.

TRAIN because we think about sport as a day-to day effort in achieving our goals and exceeding our limits.

EXPLORE because sport is not just training but also experience, made of discovery, adventure and local relations.

You can train under the sign of the crescent moon, and become a Rolling Dreamer, by joining the Club within the period of the 10th of December 2018 to the 31st of January 2019. If you are already a member of the Club, this is the opportunity to access the Ambassador program by introducing us 3 new Rolling Dreamers!

SporT BUILDS character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose. It teaches you about life.

— Billie Jean King

Challenge Forte Village

Half Ironman

As usual, the Italian triathlon season ended with the Challenge Forte Village.
On October 27th and 28th the southern coast of Sardinia hosted the international event that is a mix of adrenaline, fun and breathtaking landscapes.

The scheduled distance was the “half Ironman” – 1.9 km swimming + 90 km bike + 21 km run – but it was turned into a duathlon with only the bike and run fractions due to the sea conditions that didn’t allow the swim.

Among the 1400 participants at the Challenge Forte Village also Fabrizio Castelli, historical member of the Rolling Dreamers Club, who brought our colors to the finish line!

Oggi esultiamo per una nuova sfida compiuta, grazie alla condivisione dell’allenamento e alla passione per lo sport!

Training with Rolling Dreamers

Fabrizio Castelli, a paralympic athlete and hand-biker, is also an authentic Rolling Dreamer. This is why, once he achieved his goals in rowing, he didn’t stop and took the opportunity to move his goal a little further and begin a new adventure.

This is the beginning of the Fabrizio’s journey to the Challenge Forte Village, a year ago. An adventure to approach the multidisciplinary sport par excellence, triathlon, which he shared with the other members of the Rolling Dreamers Club. The coach Luca Zaina coached Fabrizio in the preparation for the competition, teaching him how to manage distances, efforts and transitions between the disciplines.

Today we are happy for a new Rolling Dreamers milestone, achieved thanks to the sharing and the love for sport!

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

— Muhammad Ali