L’Eroica is an event that celebrates the romance of cycling’s past. Rooted in history, L’Eroica was founded in 1997 in Italy to allow people to reconnect with cycling’s heritage, which inspired so much in Italian literature, culture, and music. This year L’Eroica came to the US for the first edition of Eroica California, held in Paso Robles on April 12, 2015. Giro attended the event as a global sponsor not only to connect with the many people who attended, but also to ride the 127-mile route for the true Eroica experience.
L’Eroica is Italian for “the heroic,” and we discovered why the event is given this name as we rode the longest route. Completing this ride was truly a heroic achievement. The challenge of riding Eroica comes not only from the route itself, but also from the bike and equipment you must ride. We left our modern machines at home because Eroica is all about history, and to participate, you must embrace all aspects of vintage cycling, from bikes to apparel. It’s required that you ride a bike that was built pre-1987, with classic components including downtube shifters and toe-clip pedals. When riding Eroica, you should feel like you’re riding amongst the forefathers of cycling, experiencing the sport in its purest state.