December 2013


From the event website:

“Join us and make iconic British history. We present L’Eroica Britannia ‘the most handsome bike race in the World’ alongside a 3 day bike and style festival in the green, very pleasant and spectacular lands of the Peak District National Park, UK. Come to Bakewell the ‘ancient capital of the Peak’ in the heart of The Peak District National Park and join us on our Great British Adventure, 3 weeks before The Tour de France comes to the UK. Over the 3 days we’re celebrating a very British take on the values of  territory, sustainability and the joys of food and drink. The festival’s pinnacle is on the 22nd June with our ‘Great British Adventure’ as we embrace the romantic idea of  heroic cycling as it once was, placed alongside aspects of lifestyle, belonging and the British Countryside with a 3 route bike tour of The Peak District.”

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motobecane12Overall I have not been a huge fan of French made bicycles. That is not to say that there are not some desirable French bicycles out there, its just that they have not captured my imagination like the Italian Marques have. The French Randonneur bikes are an exception to that however. The French invented the sport of randonneuring and for a time made the best bicycles intended for that sport. The best of these were light and fast and designed for any weather and any road. They could take an intrepid rider far and wide through the French countryside. (more…)