L'Eroica - We used to bike like this ...

 

A RACE ON ANCIENT ROADS USING OLD BIKES SURROUNDED BY THE CHIANTI LANDSCAPE IN JUNE AND OCTOBER

L'Eroica in Chianti offers something truly unique: a race on ancient roads using obsolete bikes, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and fuelled by a mouth-watering selection of food and wine. L'Eroica has an entirely different ethos to modern events on the cycling calendar. The name literally means "the heroic", and that's precisely how it feels. The rough surface breaks bikes and shreds tires, crashes are a distinct possibility and there are no support cars to help you out when any of these things happen. Bikes must be made before 1987 - and the outfits are retro too. The race starts on Sunday, Oct. 7th 2012 from Gaiole in Chianti, a picture postcard town that boasts a clutch of medieval pieves (churches), cobbled streets, cafes and trattorias. "It's about getting to the spirit of what cycling was really like in the old days of gravel roads, old bikes, woollen jerseys - that was the spirit behind those great heroes of the Tour de France we all emulate today. They were fed brandy, figs, salami, then they'd go on their merry way again. It's set up like that and it's a real treat to come and experience it. The races are divided into distances to suit all levels of riders, from the 38km that the majority tackle to the full 205km course, which is so demanding that anyone who finishes in under 12 hours is awarded a huge hamper. Come on! Sign up!
In 2016 it will take place on Sunday October 2nd.

 

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