Not this Edric, every week and month is booked now with races until January 2014, but next year.Posted 5 years ago
I’d like to hear about it from someone that has done it. The rules seem strict, but an image search shows modern bikes and even some rapha blokes doing it on Pashley Guv’nors complete with leather googles, but they sure ain’t vintage.
Got a nice original Italian number from 86 ready to go.bikebouyMember
I’ve done it five times, it’s ace.
Didnt do it last year nor doing it this year but back there next..
It can be hard,I’d say pick a group close to your ave speed and hang in there, if its wet it’ll be like a Cross event, but the road sections are just like single lane stuff here (Sth Downs) and are just as pot holy too.. Then there are the chalk roads which are hardpack and rutted. Climbs are like a lumper Sth Downs and they don’t go up as much they go on for a long time. The scenery is just amazing, you’ll spend most of your time looking around you, which if you are hacking along may not be the best thing to do. As ever the food and hospitality is typically Italian, attack the leader of the bunch and expect to be shot out the back until you’ve gained some respect.
I rode with an ex neo pro whose back here now looking for another team, he towed me around and showed me the rights and wrongs of rising with Italians.
It’s quite bonkers, there are all sorts of folks riding it these days, pre the sportive as is now it was just a hard core race, now there are bunches of shoppers and mtbers and sportive types. The good guys are let off the front, that’s the group we were in and thankfully so, as you just hack on and create some space, I’d not like to ride with the rabble, it’s very busy and such a mix of abilities you’d end up fighting your way through. Think of it like a Wiggle event over the Sth/North Downs on chalk roads and the smell of lemons and olives and rosemary and some spectacular churches and spruce lined lanes and you pretty much have it.
As far as a bucket list event it’s one of the best IMO.
If we’re still around next year perhaps Olgit and some others would like to make a trip together… Be fun that.Posted 5 years ago
So whats the best way to do this, other than buy a ticket and turn up? Really want to do but all my mtb mates are not really into it and rather not do it as billy no mates 😥
Are there any local tour companies who arrange trips with entrance/accomodation included ir just fly out, turn up and ride?Posted 5 years agogmac123Member
road it last year, tremendous experience. make sure and get there early, have a good rake around the market and register on the saturday. the roads are hard going, in terms of steep rolling short sharp hills that sap the energy as well as the rough strade bianchi. took us 3hrs longer than doing 205km back home. i was starting to bonk with a few miles to go. regarding bike rules, as mentioned you’ll see clipless, aero levers and even sti’s.. not really the spirit but not a problem…
we were denied our hampers, a bit of confusion over language at the time, turns out that it was because our jerseys weren’t woollen..ffs. we had retro looking jerseys made for the occasion but in modern material.
not going this year, but will definitely be backPosted 5 years ago
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