The Adelaide Hills have so many hidden unsealed roads, and the ever-opening vistas of hills and car-less roads provide a sublime experience, that need to be shared. On the same day in Italy the famous L'Eroica ride is being held that take on the dirt roads of Tuscany through the wine region of Chianti. Logically the Adelaide Hills are an ideal region to have it's own L'Eroica on these mostly unsealed roads.
This year celebrates Adelaide Cyclists' H’Eroica ride's 6th anniversary. While it has been successful and fun in the past, we are going to tweak the format a bit. The original intent was to introduce cyclists to the gravel roads around the Adelaide Hills that they may not have been aware of. Back in 2010 when this ride was in its conception, gravel was a bit of an unknown because Strava wasn’t as incredibly popular as it is now and you only heard of these roads word of mouth, or if you accidentally got lost! But now gravel has become the new black, adventure bikes are everywhere and all the cool kids are riding 'cross.
So the plan is to return to the spirit of the Italian L’Eroica, that this ride was always an homage to, and try to get everyone out on their vintage Bianchis, dressed like Fausto Coppi and slow it down a bit to enjoy and savour all the Adelaide Hills and the gravel roads have to offer.
Setting off in one group we will ride out to Anderson Hill winery where there will be yummy pizza and burgers to eat, and drink some great wine, have a look at some retro 'Show ’n’ Shine' bikes and maybe a little swap meet, and return (as much as possible) as one group to Norton Summit.
It won’t be mandatory, but we would like everyone to make an effort to get into the spirit - so preferably steel road bikes (no mountain bikes, unless you ask very nicely), or if you can’t manage that, your cross bike. Wear a retro jersey, and woollen knicks (only joking), wrap a spare tyre around your neck and bring your spirit of adventure!
The date to remember is Sunday October 9 (note new date) leaving the Natural Resource Centre carpark, Norton Summit, at 9 am for 9.15 start. We leave Norton Summit at 9.15 am (If you are riding up meet at the Tower Hotel carpark Magill at 8.30 am).
For those new to it, this event's aim is to be fun, inspiring, eye opening, and a bit of a challenge, for those returning you know why you've come back! Non-riding family and friends are welcome to drive up for the get together - there is plenty of parking available at the winery.
We stop at Anderson Hill winery, Lenswood, at around 11 am where they will be offering food, wine, beer and coffee.
We will leave at around 2pm to return to Norton Summit along the same roads. Again, not mandatory, but the aim is to return with as big as group as possible. There are various shortcuts along the way, both gravel and bitumen back to the main roads if you are in a hurry.
RSVP and stay updated on the event page here.
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