L’Eroica Italian Retro Bike Race

Originally started in 1997 to help save Italy’s “strada blanche” roads (white gravel), the L’Eroica bike race is a return to the old days of cycling.  Riders who compete must do so on bikes from 1987 or before, woollen jerseys are a must, and of course leather caps and shoes.  There’s no support cars, and the race food is more akin to an Italian feast than a bike race.


Riders can compete in distances ranging from 38 to 202km.  Anyone finishing the longest distance in under 12 hours gets a prize (it’s just that tough).  Over 3000 people compete in these races each October, the majority from Italy, but interest is growing round the world each year.


via Guardian

Photo of the Week

Well, keeping with the endless bike theme (and to think last week was all photography…), here is a photo from the Tour de France as it passed through Antwerp.  I set the shutter speed quite slow so that I could get most of the bikes blurred, then I panned while shooting, which got me a few cyclists in still motion, while the rest of the pack and the background has motion blur.  Taken with my D300.