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    I'm in! Now to get ready for L'Eroica in Italy

    Last week I discovered that I was selected to participate in the 2013 L'Eroica. This event has become the world largest gathering for vintage bike fans who are willing to endure a day on the strade bianche. But what's not to like? The event will feature 5000 cyclist on vintage bikes, various routes through the hills of Tuscany, great food & wine and a bike fair.

    I'll be traveling with my local C&V buddy and his wife.

    I have my work cut out for me. I need to modify my 1978 Trek for gravel roads and I should lose 20 lbs if I want to enjoy the ride;

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    What's not to like? What's not to like is >15 % gradients on those strade bianchi!

    However, congratulations on getting in. It's become quite an event, this one, you'll have a brilliant time. And do I recall from somewhere that you speak Italian? All the better.

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    Who else thought that said L'erotica at first look?
    Congrats. Have a great time, and be sure to show us pictures.
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    Congrats!! A nice training goal to shoot for.
    Ride your Ride!!

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    From videos and articles this ride looks absolutely brilliant. Almost makes me want to get a road bike.

    Have a great time and I hope you're getting in some training for the food and wine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    Congrats!! A nice training goal to shoot for.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
    From videos and articles this ride looks absolutely brilliant. Almost makes me want to get a road bike.

    Have a great time and I hope you're getting in some training for the food and wine.
    My goal is to lose 20 pounds while training before I arrive in Italy, and to gain 10 lbs while enjoying my stay in Italy!
    When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

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    Congratulations Barrett, that is the creme de la creme of vintage rides, we do expect lots of pics and a ride report or three when you get the chance after the ride. What is the date of the ride this year?

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    A few years back the Disco channel ran a series called Dhani (Jones) conquers the globe. One of his trips included a Gran Fondo up the Biggio Mountano del Grappa or whatever. He said it was the worst suffering he ever did in his life. He did speak very highly of the people and the cuisine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    A few years back the Disco channel ran a series called Dhani (Jones) conquers the globe. One of his trips included a Gran Fondo up the Biggio Mountano del Grappa or whatever. He said it was the worst suffering he ever did in his life. He did speak very highly of the people and the cuisine.
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Congratulations Barrett, that is the creme de la creme of vintage rides, we do expect lots of pics and a ride report or three when you get the chance after the ride. What is the date of the ride this year?

    Bill
    The first Sunday in October, 10/06/2013.

    I just hope that winter ends and I can train outdoors by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

    ― Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
    Good quote. I've enjoyed my four trips to Romania and Ukraine. Wish I could go to Greece and Rome, but I've always opted for Eastern Europe. I managed to pick some Romanian and some Russian, but no Ukrainian. Ukrainian just looks like a bunch of misspelled Russian to me. Romanian is kind of like misspelled Italian, so I ought to be able to do better than "Biggio Mountano", but I didn't learn that in Romanian, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Good quote. I've enjoyed my four trips to Romania and Ukraine. Wish I could go to Greece and Rome, but I've always opted for Eastern Europe. I managed to pick some Romanian and some Russian, but no Ukrainian. Ukrainian just looks like a bunch of misspelled Russian to me. Romanian is kind of like misspelled Italian, so I ought to be able to do better than "Biggio Mountano", but I didn't learn that in Romanian, either.
    Yes, Romanian is a Romantic language (funny how that works), and closer to classical Latin than modern Italian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Yes, Romanian is a Romantic language (funny how that works), and closer to classical Latin than modern Italian.
    Which is why they get really ticked when someone refers to it as Rumania.

    But anyway.
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    You lucky devil. I'm jealous. I'd be interested to know how well you can maintain cadence after several glasses of wine. I have this theory that while Roman legions certainly played a part in Roman conquests, It was mostly Italian charm that allowed then to rule the Mediterranean region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berner View Post
    You lucky devil. I'm jealous. I'd be interested to know how well you can maintain cadence after several glasses of wine. I have this theory that while Roman legions certainly played a part in Roman conquests, It was mostly Italian charm that allowed then to rule the Mediterranean region.
    The Romans were great Civil Engineers, I not only enjoy the natural beauty, art, and food of Italy but also all that great architecture. And yes, I find Italians very charming. I married a native Italian and University of Rome graduate almost 30 years ago.
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    Holy cow!

    My Italian is a little rusty, but I think the narrative goes like this:

    What possesses you to show up with your bikes at 5AM?

    Because its there, dude.

    Is this a retro grouch convention? I couldn't help but notice that every single bike was a steel is real special, and everyone was wearing cool wool retro jerseys.

    You might want to check out the English translation of our web site.

    BTW, did you realize that not only do you have to climb like a gazillion feet, but you have to do it on dirt roads?

    If it was good enough for Fausto.....

    Well, it looks beyond cool. Good luck and ciao.
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    Lucky you! Congratulations, this looks it will be an unforgettable experience. Very cool. We will be expecting an outstanding and informative ride report! I'll bet you can't wait.

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    Our plans are coming together. I'll meet-up with Bikegeek1968 and Bibliobob & wife in Chianti.

    Here is the link to the website for the two apartments we have put a deposit on: http://www.borgoricavo-villainchianti.com/

    This is info about the town, It's five miles from Gaiole: http://www.comune.gaiole.si.it/cultu...lecchi-chianti

    Images: http://www.google.com/search?q=lecch...w=1263&bih=607

    We have the two units for four nights, starting on Thursday and check-out is on Monday.

    I'm also considering some bike touring the week after the event. It might be fun to ride from Chianti to Grosseto and catch a train from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Who else thought that said L'erotica at first look?
    I confess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Our plans are coming together. I'll meet-up with Bikegeek1968 and Bibliobob & wife in Chianti.

    Here is the link to the website for the two apartments we have put a deposit on: http://www.borgoricavo-villainchianti.com/

    This is info about the town, It's five miles from Gaiole: http://www.comune.gaiole.si.it/cultu...lecchi-chianti

    Images: http://www.google.com/search?q=lecch...w=1263&bih=607

    We have the two units for four nights, starting on Thursday and check-out is on Monday.

    I'm also considering some bike touring the week after the event. It might be fun to ride from Chianti to Grosseto and catch a train from there.
    Wow. What an awesome experience that will be. I know you'll have a great time.
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    Congrats!

    It's a great ride and experience. What distance are you signed up for?

    I rode the 205km last year and am doing the same this year.

    You're going to have a great time..... And feel a lot of pain!

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    I've been posting lately from the town library where they have a travel book I've been thumbing through a book entitled "Back Roads Italy". It is full of luscious photos of beautiful places. It looks to me that a cyclist can't go wrong anywhere in Italy. And then there is the food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berner View Post
    I've been posting lately from the town library where they have a travel book I've been thumbing through a book entitled "Back Roads Italy". It is full of luscious photos of beautiful places. It looks to me that a cyclist can't go wrong anywhere in Italy. And then there is the food.
    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzboy View Post
    Congrats!

    It's a great ride and experience. What distance are you signed up for?

    I rode the 205km last year and am doing the same this year.

    You're going to have a great time..... And feel a lot of pain!
    I'm targeting the 134km ride. 205km on gravel would require me to train every day for three months, and I still would be dead-on-arrival at the finish. I admire anyone who has done it.

    I am planning on touring in Tuscany on my bike for several days after the event. I hope to put in about 250 miles the week of the event, I'm planning on riding from Chianti to Grosseta: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/185104392
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    I lusted after the idea of riding this several years back, put me in the envious column. Enjoy your travels and ride!



    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post

    Holy cow!

    My Italian is a little rusty, but I think the narrative goes like this:

    What possesses you to show up with your bikes at 5AM?

    Because its there, dude.

    Is this a retro grouch convention? I couldn't help but notice that every single bike was a steel is real special, and everyone was wearing cool wool retro jerseys.

    You might want to check out the English translation of our web site.

    BTW, did you realize that not only do you have to climb like a gazillion feet, but you have to do it on dirt roads?

    If it was good enough for Fausto.....

    Well, it looks beyond cool. Good luck and ciao.
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