Eroica Britannia weekend will now include the Eroica Nova sportive, where modern bikes are allowed

The usual Eroica rules state that participants must use a bike built pre-1987; however the addition of the new Nova event to run alongside the ‘Classic’ rides allow entrants to use any bike over the 80 mile course

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.

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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!

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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