H'eroica 2015 ride - gravel roads, pizza and wine. Sunday 4 October

The Adelaide Cyclists H'eroica ride is back for its fifth year and everyone is welcome to ride.

The Adelaide Hills has so many hidden unsealed roads and ever-opening expanses of hills, and car-less roads, providing a sublime experience that needs to be shared.

Sunday 4 October please join me and Easy Tiger for H'eroica 2015. The ride meets at the Natural Resource Centre carpark, Norton Summit, at 9 am for 9.15 start. We leave Norton Summit at 9.15 am (Magill Tower Hotel carpark at 8.30 am). 

Here's the event page.


This ride's aim is to be fun, inspiring, eye opening, a bit of a challenge, as well as including our non riding family and friends in a get together at the end.

On the same day in Italy the famous L'Eroica ride on the dirt roads of Tuscany, logically it seems like the ideal region to have it's own L'Eroica on our mostly unsealed roads. Like L'eroica, you are encouraged to ride in vintage cycling gear

As the Italian L'Eroica event is held on the strade bianchi roads of the Chianti region, we are riding the unsealed roads of the 'Little Italy' region of the Adelaide hills - Norton Summit to Lenswood like you've possibly never ridden before. 

We stop at Anderson Hill winery, Lenswood, at around 11 am where they will be selling pizza from their wood fired oven as well as cheese platters and home-made cakes and coffee. Families and friends are welcome to join us.

Like past years, there extended an ride adding an extra 30 kms or so to the original Norton Summit to Lenswood via Blockers Rd ride. Easy Tiger will guide you out towards Gumeracha on more gravel. This group are arrive at the winery not too long after the basic route group.

If you are riding, up meet at the Tower Hotel carpark Magill at 8.30 am

A note on the course. Thre are some steep sections. The road surfaces will be a mix of bitumen & 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.

RSVP via the event page. There's also a Facebook event as well that you can share. 

Some photos here and here.

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2014 photos by Gilllian

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A word to the wise - even though it is possible, and some brave souls have ridden H'Eroica doing so, 23mm racing tyres like Conti GP4000s are not really appropriate. Their sidewalls are particularly susceptible to cuts, plus traction on gravel, particularly corners and on steep climbs is paramount so something wider would be advisable. Lower tyre pressure helps, but that also invites pinch flats.

I ride 25mm Conti GP4Seasons on my road bike, and I would think that is the minimum I would use on these roads. They have a Vectran belt like Gatorskins, but only weigh a tiny bit more than GP4000s. 28mm and up with tread and 70PSI would be ideal, cx tyres at 65-70PSI probably perfect!

Enjoyment is also paramount on this ride, and no-one wants to be stuck on the side of the road fixing flats (albeit in serene landscapes), especially sidewall ones which cost my group 6 punctures and about 45mins, while everyone else scoffed pizza and wine!

We left 2 people behind last year. Their corpses are still there next to some wrecked tyres. I'll always remember you, "fully period correct 1960s Bianchi guy" and "that guy with a British-y accent"... I'm not good with names...

British-y accent   was a mate of mine  ( I got to check if he is doing it again ) 

Haha british-y accent, guess that's me. I was riding gatorskins that day and the tiniest shard of rock embedded itself deep into my tyre. I couldn't find it when out on the road, it was invisable to the eye and unfeelable by touch. It wasn't till I was home with a toothpick investigatting every crack in the tyre did I find the culprit. It just shows that with the best tyres you need spares and lots of them!

@Gareth - I think I have found what you should have had fitted - a flint catcher!

I spent all weekend getting my bike ready for H'eroica in October. I do hope there is enough red to get me around the course.

Michael, if you haven't already drunk all your red celebrating your birthday there will be plenty more at Anderson Hill. Their pino is very nice.

Here's a video for inspiration by James/Just Ride. It's also a lesson on being prepared.

Yeah don't be like me, take 2 tubes and a puncture repair kit! I don't suppose it's been graded since I filmed this... man... that's going to be quite a challenge on the day.

that video James is brilliant 

really looking forward to doing this ride again,  hope this time i can keep up with more of you  when we head up Norton's  that killed me last year.  

thought i was doing well till I got to the top and you all had just left.  

Daylight saving starts on Sunday 4th October, so if you are old school, watches forward an hour 


Thanks for the heads up. We do this on the same weekend every year and every year we probably lose a few people to DLS changes.


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