The Eroica Britannia vintage cycling festival, to be held over 15th-17th June in the Peak District, will now include the Eroica Nova, a 130km sportive where modern bikes are allowed.
The Eroica Nova concept was piloted in April last year at the Tuscan L’Eroica event, and following its success the ride has now been brought to the Eroica Britannia with plans to roll it out over all L’Eroica events worldwide. The Classic rides deem that participants must use old-school steel bikes with downtube shifters built before 1987, but the Nova permits those who might not own a vintage bike to get involved with the event too. Eroica Britannia say they expect the Eroica Nova to attract “an entirely new audience of discerning, affluent, well-heeled cyclists, and their accompanying tribes.”
The picturesque 130km route is a mix of tarmac, white road gravel trails and off-road tracks (28mm tyres are recommended) and features some of the most iconic climbs in the Peak District including Winnats Pass and Monsal Head, both of which are included in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book by Simon Warren. While the Classic Eroica rides are traditionally mellow, some competitive elements have been introduced to the Nova such as time trial sections and a hill climb, so riders have the option to relax for the most part but still test themselves.
The Eroica Nova is on Saturday 16th June, with the Classic rides taking place on the 17th. You can visit the Eroica Britannia website here for ticket info. We also previewed some of the Eroica Brittania ride routes on both vintage and modern bikes recently. Check out this article + video to see how we got on...
We’re running a special Eroica Britannia comp until 5th March, giving away two ride passes, festival and camping tickets plus all the kit you’ll need to look the part during the ride. Click here to get your entry in!
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