Monday, August 16, 2010

2010 L'Eroica: Registration Deadline is 6 September

The deadline for registration for the 2010 L'Eroica is 6 September. Four routes of 38, 75, 135, and 205 km are available. L'Eroica is held on 3 October and a large vintage swap meet is held the day before .

L'Eroica an event that relives the heroic age of the "Giants of the Road". Participants ride on vintage racing bicycles and wearing the wool jerseys of bygone eras through some of the most beautiful roads of Chianti, Valdarbia and Valdorcia, with many sections of unpaved surfaces ("strade bianche", gravel & shale roads) which makes it possible to relive the atmosphere of "heroic" times of cycling.

Over the last few years the organizers permitted all types of bicycles and particpation grew to 3,000 cyclists. The organizers decided, in 2009, to re-impose rules permitting only vintage bikes All riders must now start only with historical bikes; this "means road race bikes built before 1987, with switch lever on the oblique loom tube, toe clips and belts, external brake wires."

Photos (above) by: Dale Brown of "cycles de ORO", Greensboro, North Carolina.

Among the related L'Eroica ride stories that have appeared here in ICJ are:

Martin Appel's L'Eroica adventure in three parts: Part I, Part II, and Part III

Riding L'Eroica on a 3 speed Pashley (includes a link to a video)

Riding L'Eroica on a fixed gear

Official website here.

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1 comment:

  1. L'Eroica folks are great! They set up a food stand along a stretch of the route used by this years Giro d'Italia. Larry was VERY happy to find them along the route with ribollita, pinzimonio and some nice Chianti to go with it no charge!
    Eventually we'll get some old bikes and participate in this wonderful event.