L’Eroica: A Race Against Time – NYTimes.com

By JEFFREY FURTICELLA

 

L’Eroica: Old Wheels on Tuscany’s Gravel Roads

Of all the things a cyclist could list as essentials for riding, the road is not likely to be the first to jump to mind; it is a given. But in the vineyards and rolling hills of the Chianti area of Tuscany, preserving the heritage of the white gravel roads inspired a vintage-bicycle race that has grown to more than 5,000 participants.

L’Eroica, which means “the heroic” in Italian, takes place each October. It offers four routes of increasing difficulty, from 38 kilometers (24 miles) to 205 kilometers (127 miles). Read More

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