L’Eroica was born in 1997 out of a love for the values of a bygone cycling era—an era that inspired Italian literature, culture and music and that left its mark on Italian history. The core identity of a L’Eroica ride is to strip away the trappings of modern cycling, revert to a time before carbon fiber and electric gear shifting, and embrace the pain and joy that comes from the pure experience.
For 20 years, cyclists have been pulling on wool jerseys, saddling up their vintage steel road bikes and exploring dirt roads, beautiful countrysides and enjoying fine food at these events. L’Eroica expanded to the United States in 2015 with Eroica California, which returns this year as the premier race. At that event, four routes are offered: 120 miles (the Eroica or Heroic), 85 miles, 67 miles and 38 miles. See the full event calendar, below.
This year, L’Eroica will travel to South America for the first time with Eroica Punta del Este. Famed for being one of the most scenic and welcoming tourist destinations on the continent, Punta del Este in the Maldonado region of Uruguay will welcome riders December 4-6 2016.
Expanding the list of L’Eroica events taking place in Europe this year is Eroica Limburg July 3, which brings the unique blend of vintage flair and arduous suffering to the Netherlands—a country that is as steeped in cycling heritage as Italy, France and Spain.
The new Eroica South Africa completes the trio, taking place on 23 April 2016 in Montagu of the Cape Winelands district—famous for its mountains and hot springs.
- April 10: Eroica California, Paso Robles, United States
- April 23: Eroica South Africa, Montagu
- May 1: Eroica Primavera, Buonconvento, Italy (20th anniversary)
- May 15: Eroica Japan, Eiyu
- June 5: Eroica Hispania, Cenicero
- June 19: Eroica Britannia, Bakewell, United Kingdom
- July 3: Eroica Limburg, Netherlands
- December 4-6: Eroica Punta del Este, Uruguay
Event founder Giancarlo Bocci said it is the “the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest” that keeps riders coming back.
More information: eroica.cc
Bay Area Peeps! Be there November 22 at the Cow Palace for the seventh annual celebration of cycling know as the SF Bike Expo. Now a one-day event with a low $5 entry fee, there is sure to be something for everyone, from tall bikes to lowriders. We sure love this event for the way it captures the diverse Bay-Area cycling culture.
Awesome bike shops like College Cyclery and Yuba Expeditions. Gear from Abus, Two Fish, Hydrapak, DZR, E-thirteen, and Light and Motion. And of course, your own Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines will have some lovely offers.
There will be a “Rail Jam” contest and a swap meet that is not to be missed. We’ll be there from 11am so please stop by!