With all of the bad news that seems to go on around here (people getting doored, road rage, etc.) and having experienced many close calls on my ~40 mile commute, I figured there might be some sort of saint or good luck charm for cyclists. Enter the Catholics!! (of course...) I just did a quick Google search and found the story of Our Lady of Ghisallo or Madonna of Ghisallo.
Even though I'm not Catholic, I'm half tempted to pick up her medal and carry it with me when I'm biking. Figure it couldn't hurt, right?
Do any of you carry around good luck/protection/etc. charms?
Below the story of Madonna of Ghisallo from Wikipedia:(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_del_Ghisallo
Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill close to Lake Como in Italy. It is named after a legendary Marian apparition.
According to the legend, the Medieval count Ghisallo was being attacked by bandits when he saw an image of Virgin Mary at a shrine. He ran to it and was saved from the robbers. The apparition became known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, and she became a patroness of local travellers. In later times, Madonna del Ghisallo (the hill) was made part of the Giro di Lombardia bicycle race.
In 1949 a local priest, Father Ermelindo Vigano, proposed that Madonna del Ghisallo (the apparition) be declared the patroness of cyclists. This was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. Nowadays the shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo contains a small cycling museum with photos and artifacts from the sport. There also burns an eternal flame for cyclists who have died. One particularly notable artifact is the crumpled bicycle that Fabio Casartelli, a native of the region, rode on the day that he died in a crash in the Tour de France.