translation of L'Eroica is literally - heroic - and this aptly sums up
the calibre of the entrants for this vintage cycle race.
contrast to the sleek professionalism of the teams and riders in the
Tour de France, the L'Eroica race is limited to bikes made prior to
1987 and support vehicles are not allowed alongside riders. In the
Chianti race, the rest stops and water stations full of rehydration
bars and glucose drinks of the professional circuit give way to
homemade stews, cakes and glasses of the locally produced wines for the
enter into the Retro spirit of the race by wearing outfits that would
not have been out of place when their bikes were produced. Merino wool
cycle suits and leather caps replace lycra and cycle helmets and add to
the enchanting atmosphere of the day.
a day it becomes too with families, locals and tourists mingling
together with picnics and cameras at the ready to cheer the riders on
their way. Riders choose from 3 different courses to complete - 38km,
75km or the full length 205km race.
the majority of the race takes place on the "strada bianche" roads (the
white gravel topped roads or "boneshakers"), those completing the full
205km circuit truly are herioc.
To watch the race, make sure you are in Gaiole in Chainti on Sunday 2nd October. Click here for available accommodation from Saturday 1st October.
If you cant make it this year, watch this video to find out more about the race, the route and the riders..
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