White gravel roads. Vintage brakes. 28mm hand-sewn tires, and downtube shifters. Grey-haired old men in wool jerseys and goggles. Red wine and ribolita at rest stops. These are just some of the things that make Tuscany’s most iconic cycling event so memorable.
João has called l’Eroica “the most fun he has ever had on a bicycle” and there’s a good reason; the spirit of the day is palpably festive, the roads historic, unforgiving and rewarding. Consider this an invitation to ride straight into cycling’s yesteryear – a kind of historical re-enactment that reveals the true nature of the sport in its glory days.
The world-renowned spectacle known as l’Eroica granfondo has come to be recognized as one of the most significant and unique cycling events in the world. All participants must ride a pre-1987 bicycle and are encouraged to wear vintage cycling gear. Every year, the event sells out in a heartbeat as Italians and foreigners alike scramble to secure their spot on the famed pre-dawn start line in Gaiole.