Route announced - details here.
This is advanced invitation from Easy Tiger and myself of an onroad-offroad fun randonneur event through the Adelaide Hills or Little Italy as it is often referred to, on Sept 11th.
L'Eroica is an event in Italy that travels through the wine region of Chianti during spring along the "strade bianchi" (white roads) made famous in Stage 7 of the 2010 Giro that Cadel Evans won, and the classic Montepaschi Strade Bianche' one day event.
The Adelaide Hills has so many undiscovered vistas that you have probably never dreamed of existed and basically remain secret to all but the locals. The ever-opening expanses of hills, and car-less roads provide a sublime experience, that need to be shared. Logically it seems like the ideal region to have it's own L'Eroica.
We are calling it Adelaide Cyclists H'eroica - we ride h'eroica, just for one day.
It's going to be on Sunday September 11th starting at 9am. All welcome, no one is left behind. It's not a race... it's a exploration!
The route will be roughly from Norton Summit, Basket Range, Forest Range, Fox Creek, where there will be refreshments and please encourage your family and friend to come out and meet us. Returns from there can be either by Carey Gully, Piccadilly Valley or Cudlee Creek and Gorge Rd. The road surfaces will be a mix of bitumen and compacted gravel roads - "strada giallo". Accordingly your carbon fibre racer should not be used, but mountain bikes, cross-bikes, touring bikes, single-speeds, and whatever else deemed fit for purpose.
The Italian L'Eroica is not a race but a 'period' bike/ wear rally so we would love to encourage some retro bikes and kit for the event but understand not everyone has access to a pre 1980 bicycle or jersey but we will try in spirit to feel the part.
As the Italians do there will be rest stops of wine and cheese and a good get together at the end with lashings of chianti hopefully at the local winery so your family and friends can come up and share the event.
More details to come but watch the event page here on AC.
This is a video of a motorcycle going down Blockers Rd - one of the main legs of our routes - turn the volume off and put on some Italian opera music.
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This will be a complete hoot.
I went out scouting the route last weekend, and the solitude, the silence, the views, the climbs, the descents, getting (slightly) dirty, it was sublime.
Awesome vid. One look at that road confirms my booking.
But I reckon ET will do the descent faster than that motorbike did.
Thanks snap, I am feeling the love!
He comments that he was slowing down when his Conti's started losing grip, my Conti's were doing a bit the same, so no Paolo Savol-falcone-delli descents for me.
Must be able to speak a few words in Italian aka "Breaking Away" "Formaggio e vino" "Cia Papa"
keen to get on board with this one. where will it start etc
Interesting.... But I'm afraid I would lag behind too much.
25km is right at my limit.
Have fun guys
We are going to set a short course as well and we welcome everyone to come along to the pit-stop for a get together so don't rub it out of your diary just yet!
But I thought it says 25km was the short course? (the 50km one being the long one?)