17 March 2018, Montagu


Our latest Eroica South Africa was a big success, and a great lot of fun! We had some great gravel road riding, beautiful steel vintage bicycles, and fantastic food to enjoy. Come join us for a weekend of vintage cycling culture next year! And from now on we’ll keep 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 17 March 2018, 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. Registration for our 2018 event will open in October this year, but for now sign up to our mailing list to stay informed. So, remember - 17 March 2018 in Montagu! We hope to see you there!


THE HISTORY

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”.

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THE INSPIRATION

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.



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