The popular Eroica movement in Europe and the United States has spilled over to criterium racing. Regulations stipulate that all bikes must be built before 1987, with similar clothing regulations to boot.
A monster of an adventure, the route makes a loop around Lake Tahoe over the course of 430 miles and 70,000 feet of climbing. This short film documents the 2014 edition where only four men attempted the feat.
This August 29 participants will get to ride along with Jens Voigt and members of the Trek Factory Racing team on a one-day, 175 mile coast-to-coast route along Wisconsin’s southern border, ending with a trip around the Washington Park Velodrome.
Based on Italy’s L’Eroica, which since 1997 has encouraged cyclists to don vintage clothing and ride vintage bikes, the first-ever Eroica California aimed to “rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment.”