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L’Eroica – one of the world’s best amateur cycling events?

 

This wonderful video is a terrific introduction to L’Eroica – an Italian event that you can only compete on vintage bike (pre 1987). I have to say that for me it appeals way more than something like the Etape du Tour – the annual Amateur Tour de France stage. It’s a great excuse to scour ebay for an old bike, grab some retro kit and ride through Chianti country over Strada Bianchi (gravel) roads, with great camaraderie and an atmosphere that looks unmatched in anything I’ve seen to date.

 

L’Eroica is now firmly on my cycling wishist, along with the Flanders sportive.

 

Enjoy the video, it’s a great watch.

 

You can find much more on L’Eroica here, including the rules on bikes. Entries are full now for 2011 but hey there’s always 2012 – you never know, you might see me there too: http://eroica.it/

 

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