+ 1 re photos. Most enjoyable.
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Re your Mille Miglia jersey question -in 2010 I ordered a jersey, matching two tone bib shorts(red and white, very Italian!), and a polo shirt and a baseball cap from the organisers in advance of the event. It was either an email request, or a form to complete on the website.
I put on the jersey and shorts at the second bag drop, after riding 1000k , with a mere 600k to go, so I reckoned I'd 'earned' them by that stage...However, of course I got pretty saddle-sore, wearing new shorts, so dont copy me! I have lost the cap, so if you're going, order a spare for me, and will pay later!