The cycling world and Reno community lost a legend with the passing of Roland Della Santa. The history of his contributions to both the local and broader cycling community is rich and deep and he will be missed by many.
Roland inspired Greg Lemond's efforts to become a bike racer and built Greg's first bikes. Known for his custom steel frames made for racers and collectors, he built for many Reno cyclists, as well as customers across the country and the world. Roland was awarded a lifetime membership into the Reno Wheelmen in the 90s along with Greg Lemond and Inga Thompson.
This interview with Roland was done at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) in Sacramento.
And here is a wonderful tribute to Roland from frame builder Don Walker.
Public Viewing - Friday, May 17th from 4:00 – 7:00pm , Walton's Sierra Chapel (875 W 2nd St, Reno)
Service - Saturday, May 18th at 10:30am, Lady of the Snows Church (1138 Wright Street, Reno)