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Ride L’Eroica

June 15, 2015
June 15, 2015 - Ride L’Eroica
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The L’Eroica Britannia is an amazing celebration of cycling combined with vintage lifestyle, and what better place to cycle than the stunning hills of the Peak District National Park!

vintage bikes

The 3 day cycling festival is held in Bakewell from 19th to 21st June and is based on the original L’Eroica cycle ride held every year in Gaiole, Tuscany, since 1997: a celebration of the “heroic” days of good old-fashioned cycling before carbon fibre, power meters and energy gels.No electric bikes allowed!


Do you have a pre 1987 steel road bike? Then dust it off, dig out some vintage clothing and join in the race along with 3,000 other cyclists. Race is perhaps a strong word, the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed and it’s more of a grand social occasion where riders take time out to sip espressos, chat and joke and most of all admire each others vintage attire.

If you haven’t got an old bike don’t worry, you can just join in the festival fun, with live music, entertainment, shopping and the world’s biggest bike jumble. Families can enjoy a ‘vintage sports day’, a beach area and a traditional fairground featuring a helter skelter and a steam-powered carousel.

A taste of what to expect!

The Peak District hills are quite challenging so there are 3 race routes according to your fitness level.

Short - 30 miles
A great choice for riders of all levels of fitness. It is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge.

Ascent: 2528ft (771m)
Refreshment Stops: Tideswell 14 miles, Eyam Hall 21 miles
Start Times: 9:15am - 10:30am
Off Road: 25%
GPS route guide

Medium - 55 miles
A bit more adventurous and does require reasonably fitness. Several long climbs will give you a stern work out – but the descents are glorious!
This route passes Hoe Grange farm, so we will be cheering on!

Ascent: 6113ft (1864m)
Refreshment Stops: Hartington 20 miles, High Peak Junction 37 miles, Chatsworth 52 miles
Start Times: 7:15am - 9:15am
Off Road: 30%
GPS route guide

Long - 100 miles
For the really fit - rather you than me!  A real challenge but it covers all the very best of the Peak District National Park.

Ascent: 9252ft (2821m)
Refreshment Stops: Tideswell 10 miles, Goyt Valley 32 miles, Hartington 51 miles, Ilam Hall 63 miles, High Peak Junction 78 miles, Chatsworth 94 miles
Start Times: 6:00am - 7:15am
Off Road: 25%
GPS route guide

If you're not cycling find some bells and whistles and cheer the riders on!

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