Our first Eroica South Africa was a big success, and a great lot of fun! This year we decided to bring our celebration a little closer to that other well-loved and very famous event, the Cape Town Cycle Tour. This way we can give our international visitors a little more incentive to travel all the way to Africa to come and ride with us. So, clear the weekend of 18 March 2017, one week after the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and come celebrate vintage Italian road cycling culture with us - bring your classic racing bicycles, and ride with us through the beautiful Karoo around the dirt roads north of Montagu in the Western Cape. Of course there will be great food and wine, and lots of old bicycles to lust over. With South Africa's rich cycling history, we’re proud to have this celebrated Italian event honoured on African soil. See you there!
18th March 2017, Montagu
come join us for a weekend of vintage bicycle celebration
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. Today Giancarlo's tradition continues, and through the International Eroica events we're helping people rediscover the great history and the physical challenge of the sport that we so love. Giancarlo says it so beautifully, “We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest”.
WATCH THE VIDEO
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. From the earliest fixed-gear or single speed racing bikes, to the 1980s speed machines captures the soul of the Eroica bike, but 1987 is where we draw the line between classic cycling and modern racing. Since there simply aren't that many of these classic bicycles in South Africa, there is a slight concession made for our local event here.
EROICA SOUTH AFRICA ON THE RADAVIST!
Our very first South African Eroica got a great full-length feature on John Watson’s famous cycling blog, The Radavist. Check it out!
Pictures by Joy Steyn
Eroica is captured by Joy Steyn's 35mm film camera.
Eroica on Kwêla!
Eroica South Africa was featured on the South African lifsetyle and culture programme, Kwêla.
A selection of photographs from our first Eroica South Africa.