Eroica Britannia 2017 Review and Photos

Eroica Britannia 2017 Review and Photos

Eroica Britannia by Meccanica Clothing

For the fourth year running, on the hottest weekend of the year Meccanica Clothing joined 4,500 riders and just as many non-cyclists for the latest Eroica Britannia.

Eroica Britannia is the British version of the classic Italian L'Eroica vintage ride, which began in 1997 to draw attention to the damage being done to famous Strade Bianchi (white roads) of Tuscany. Ridden on pre 1987 road bikes only, the British event took in three routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles through the quiet lanes and stunning trails across Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Whilst L’Eroica has tried to remain true to its roots of simplicity and strict adherence to the original rules, it has spawned a second Italian festival along with global events in California, Spain, Japan and South Africa which are pushing the spectacle to attract as many riders and show goers as possible. 2018 sees the inaugural gravel bike trail for 200 riders in California.

The British event is certainly the loudest being overtly family based, hosting a gaggle of attractions (including dog shows) plus boasting legendary DJ Norman Jay and 1980s band ABC on the main stage.

Founders Luciano Berruti (the face of Eroica) and Eroica founder Giancarlo Brocci were in attendance with the riders being joined by legends Chris Boardman and David Millar along with ABC front man Stephen Fry.

It is billed as The World’s Most Handsome Bike Ride and attracts riders from Australia, Japan, USA, China, New Zealand and Europe. We’ve included a good selection of photos, if you were there perhaps you are in one!

Next year’s ride dates – learn more here https://eroica.cc/  

Eroica South Africa, 17 - 18 March 2018

Eroica California, 14 - 15 April 2018

Eroica Japan 19 - 20 May 2018

Eroica Hispania, 2 - 3 June 2018

Nova Eroica, 28 - 29 April 2018

Eroica Britannia 15 - 17 June 2018

L’Eroica Chianti 7 October 2018

 

Flying Bianchi on the Maserati Stand

Bianchi at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Saturday Riders

Saturday Riders at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Bikes bikes bikes - one of many stands

Vintage Bikes at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

More vintage bikes

More vintage bikes at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Detail is king

vintage bike bottles at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing L'Eroica

Saturday rider on 40's BSA

1940 BSA at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Hero's on hand to fix anything - thanks for the help chaps

bike meccanica at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Handlebars anyone?

Handlebars at at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Seriously? More handlebars?

vintage handlebars at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Saturday The Guvnors Assembly prepare strategy

Our Merino Wool Jerseys can be surprisingly cool. Buy it here.

meccanica merino wool jersey

Man and machine - early 7:00 am start. It's 26 Degrees C

retro cyclist at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Our Milano friends from Boccondivino restaurant in Bra/Milan.

Mad italian cyclists at Eroica Britannia 2017 Meccanica Clothing

Men and machines

retro cyclists jerseys at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire Eroica

50 and 100 milers

50 and 100 mile riders at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Contemplating green

green jersey riders at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Glass of champaigne...

glass of champaign at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Before the off on 1950's Legnano Roma

italian rider on legnano roma vintage cycle at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Colourful

rainbow stockings leggings at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

The MC waves all off

mc and union jack start at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Chris Boardman at the start before being a thoroughly nice cyclist

chris boardman at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Early morning start

eraly morning start at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

1412 669 and 2433 start your engines

early starter at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

En route to Millers Dale

legnano roadster at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Lunch stop Bulls Head Monyash

lunch stop at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Lunch in a box.. very nice

lunch box bulls head monysh derbyshire

Monyash to Over Haddon - Derbyshire Peak District

monyash over haddon at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Tissington Trail - worth a visit

tissington trail wirksworth derbyshire at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

No 3754 How did he do this in 30 degree heat...

pannier man at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

5 km to go

derbyshire peaks at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

3 km to go

fernlea derbyshire at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

Missed photo of the finish - but after the ride comes the pub

pub at at Eroica Britannia 2017 Derbyshire L'Eroica

 

In Memory of Luciano Berruti, The Father of Eroica who sadly left us this year. Thank you for everything.

Luciano Berruti L'Eroica founder sadly passed away 2017