L’Eroica, Gaiole in Chianti,Tuscany. The history runs on two wheels
Heroic day, yesterday 6th of October 2019 in Gaiole in Chianti, Siena. More than 8.000 bicycles, way more than 16.000 wheels, run on paved as well as gravel roads with those 80s bikes, woollen jerseys and fuelled by rich Italian food and wine. Amazing show for the mother of all the vintage bike races today organized in Italy. This race captures the golden era of cycling. Back in the 1997, Giancarlo Brocci had this idea to help save these roads from being gradually replaced with asphalt. And it worked, because the route is now marked with permanent signs and the hundreds of miles of lumpy, pot-holed lanes are still there. This year they prepared 5 different routes, from the 46 km, the shortest track to the 209 kms of the longest route. Almost half of the race is held on the gravel roads, the famous “strade bianche”, dirt roads cut in the middle of the tuscan landscape. Wonderful postcards along the countryside calls for frequent stops to take pictures in spite of tiredness and pain. Then back to push on the pedals even though, very often, they need to walk their bikes on the steep slopes too hard to be pedalled. Thousands and thousands of people gather every first Sunday of October in Gaiole in Chianti, a cozy little town hidden in the countryside that boasts a clutch of medieval churches, cobbled streets, cafes and trattorias. In 2008 Forbes magazine named it one of the “most idyllic locales in Europe to live”. The following pictures you’ll see down below are just a small amount of the hundreds of images taken all over, following the race. Hope you’ll enjoy my pix as much as I enjoyed being there!
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