The 21st edition of L’Eroica took place in Tuscany, Italy, on Sunday, gathering together a spectacular collection of vintage bikes on an even more spectacular route.
Since its inception in 1997 by Giancarlo Brocci, the annual event has rapidly become one of the most popular mass cycling events in the world. It’s easy to see why, as the riders snake their way through the rolling hills and along the area’s famous white roads, strade bianche.
Brocci started L’Eroica as a celebration of cycling’s rich history, and everyone taking part must do so on a bike made in 1987 or earlier – or a replica machine that adheres to strict ‘vintage’ rules, such as downtube shifters and toeclips. And no internal cable routing, either.
As well as the bikes, riders also dress in authentic vintage clothing. For anyone who hasn’t turned up suitably attired, then there are stalls from which to buy a whole range of authentic and replica kit.
Several route distances are offered, ranging from 46 to 209 kilometres. All routes start and finish in Gaiole in Chianti.