‘The beauty of fatigue’ and the ‘thrill of conquest’, these are the roots and values of a cycling era which categorises the Eroica challenge in Montagu.
The original L’Eroica was imagined in 1997 by Giancarlo Brocci, who through his admiration of the values of the cycle races of old, wanted to reconnect others to the integrity, history and sense of familial celebration cycling used to offer. This cycling movement is spreading globally with races in 8 countries including Japan, the US and European countries.
Eroica draws its inspiration from classical cycling – the black and white photographs sensationalizing the early great races, to the idolizing of the heroes of the sport like Bartali, Coppi and Merckx. The soul of Eroica is captured by the earliest fixed-gear or single speed racing bikes, to the 1980s speed machine, but 1987 is where they draw the line between classic cycling and modern racing.
Thankfully, South African’s don’t have to have all the classic gear to compete. So don the woolen cycling jersey and ride through the beautiful Karoo dirt roads North of Montagu and of course, there will be great food and wine, and lots of old bicycles to lust over.
Check out their webpage here – http://eroicasouthafrica.com/
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