Eroica California


This is the third year for this event…….

Riders gathered for the 7:00 start wave.

In all of my previous Eroica events I have always ridden the longest available route. I wanted to get the full “Heroic” experience out of each location, Italy, England, Spain as well as California. This year however I chose one of the shorter distance options which may have marked a turning point in my cycling.

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Vintage Bicycle Concours

1947 Maury Tandem, original condition!

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The day is finally here, and Eroica California is on! Approximately 700 riders have signed up for one of the three routes, a 40 mile short course, a 65 mile route and of course the 127 mile long route. My frequent riding partner Bob and I will be riding the long route.

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Today was a good day. I brought my old motorbike over to the concours of bicycles and hung out for a while. I hooked up with Bob, my riding buddy from Utah and we chatted with lots of people over the next hour or two. Andreas who works for Brooks, Nicola who is with the L’Eroica group from Italy and Tim from L’Eroica Britannia. All very interesting people who were wonderful to talk to about their passion for the sport.

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After arriving last night, today was about getting out and seeing a bit of the area, on a bike! I was able to do a bit of a pre-ride on the first 30 miles of the route and what I can say at this point is that it is a spectacular course. It will also be a challenging route which traverses endless rolling hills, punctuated by some dirt roads as well as some real climbs. Heroic is definitely an appriopriate adjective for this event.

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Photo from Eroica California website, by John Watson?

Photo from Eroica California website, by John Watson?

Registration just opened this morning and I am in. I’ll be doing the long route which is 123 miles with approximately 9500 feet of climbing, over half of which will be on dirt roads. The bike I will be using is my L’Eroica Britannia veteran 1962 Legnano Gran Premio. It will be mostly original for this ride and will certainly meet the standards of an historic bike!

Eroica California website

The long route on Ride with GPS

More to come later on this great event!