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C&V events in Europe 2019

Since I've been getting questions from various members about C&V events here in Europe, I thought it would be a good idea to put up a thread with the relevant information, such as dates, locations and links to ride reports.

I'd like to reserve this first post for a list of ride events, starting with the ones I know of. I'll try to keep this post updated as more information becomes available.

Calendar 2019

3-5 May - Velocipedia - Moulins, France

5 May - La Vieille Boucle Lustinoise - Namur, Belgium

4 May - Tweed Run - London, England

19 May - The Gert Lush - Bristol, England

1-2 June - Eroica Hispania - Cenicero, Spain

8-9 June - La Polverosa -Montechiarugolo, Italy

15-16 June - Retroronde - Oudenaarde, Belgium

14-16 June - La Chianina - Marciano, Italy

16 June - In Velo Veritas - Poysdorf, Austria

XXX - Tour d'Historique - Haarlem, the Netherlands (CANCELLED)

29 June - Eroica Limburg - Valkenburg, the Netherlands

5-7 July - Anjou Vélo Vintage - Saumur, France

12-14 July - Veloretro - Ulverston, England

18 August - Eroica Britannia - Bakewell (Peak District), England

XXX - La Savoureuse - Havelange, Belgium (CANCELLED)

22-24 August - Eroica Germania - Rheingau, Germany

25 August - Über die Grenze - Huissen, the Netherlands

6-8 September - Mostra Scambio, Imola, Italy

20-22 September - La Francescana - Foligno, Italy

29 September - La Superba - Portofino, Italy

6 October - L'Eroica - Gaiole in Chianti, Italy

18-20 October - L'Intrepida - Anghiari, Italy

Please feel free to share any suggestions or additional information. Or better still: plans to come and join the fun!

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A short description of the events I've been to and links to my reports for those who are interested:

L'Eroica
The mother of all C&V rides. Started in 1997 as a playful protest against the paving of the strade bianchi in Tuscany, it has grown into a worldwide franchise. The original event in the small town of Gaiole now hosts thousands of participants every year during the first weekend of October. While that may sound daunting, it is amazing to see how well the Italians handle it. And how relaxed the atmosphere is, even though the town is brimming with people from over fifty different countries. Various ride distances, from a (relatively) short 46km to the grueling 209km. None are to be underestimated, though.
I've been there in 2013, 2015 and 2017. And will likely be back in 2019.

Retroronde
Where L'Eroica finds its inspiration in the history of the Giro d'Italia, and heroes like Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, the Retronde is based in the Flemish countryside where the Ronde van Vlaanderen has challenged riders with mud and cobblestones since 1913. Here the heroes are Flandriens like Briek Schotte and Rik Van Steenbergen. The 800 participants from all over Europe fill up the town of Oudenaarde nicely, for a weekend where the festivities are as important as the ride. Ride distances vary from 40km to 160km. The shorter routes are relatively easy but the 100km and 160km have all the nasty bits.
Mrs non-fixie and I were there in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. And will definitely be back next year.

La Savoureuse
A heads-up from a fellow BF member brought us here last year, and it was so nice that we came back this year. A fairly small event (~200 riders) with a "retro" focus and routes for various skill levels. Important ingredients are the stops every 10km or so, to savour the local produce. Very nice!

Tour d'Historique
A small but lovely event, organized by a couple of friends from Haarlem if and when they can find the time. This year was its fifth edition. Here are the reports of editions three and four. A group ride of around 60km at a moderate pace with 80 participants this year. Which is about all they can handle, so don't come over all at once .

EDIT: the original organizers have pulled out, and while they are encouraging others to take over, no-one has come forward yet, AFIK, so likely no Tour d'Historique this year.

Eroica Limburg
The Dutch Eroica franchise chose Valkenburg as its home base. This is the hilly area that has hosted a few world championships and of course the classic Amstel Gold Race. Since it is close to the German, Belgian and French borders there are lots of participants from those countries. This year about 1,000 in total. A well-organized event in an interesting area: borders are crossed, so bring your passport. Various ride distances, but the 60km always ends up being 75km for some reason. And so far that has not been a particularly easy route either. Yet we enjoyed ourselves every time (2016, 2017 and 2018) and will be back next year.
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Would be nice to be relatively close to all these great rides.

How about adding Eroica Hispania- early June?

Cheers.

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Would be nice to be relatively close to all these great rides.

How about adding Eroica Hispania- early June?

Cheers.

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Thanks, Brad. Added Hispania, as well as the new Eroica Germania.
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I will add L'Intrepida, Italy, October
La Chianina, Italy, June
But really, this ought to be a sticky thread. Just a quick pass through the Tonton site showed me a half dozen events that I would like to look at further. Likewise, there are other rides in Italy that folks might want to know about. And, there might be some right here in North America, like Cino, that are woth doing.
That said, I wil post more events as I gave time.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
I will add L'Intrepida, Italy, October
La Chianina, Italy, June
But really, this ought to be a sticky thread. Just a quick pass through the Tonton site showed me a half dozen events that I would like to look at further. Likewise, there are other rides in Italy that folks might want to know about. And, there might be some right here in North America, like Cino, that are woth doing.
That said, I wil post more events as I gave time.
Thanks! Added both to the list. La Chianina seems to be somewhat similar in concept and scale to La Savoureuse: lots of promoting the local produce and culture. Nice! L'Intrepida's website shows some familiar faces. Since it is in Tuscany, just east of Gaiole in Chianti, that's probably not so surprising.
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Last I checked, and Brexit notwithstanding, the UK was part of Europe so there are these rides:

May (exact date TBD) Tweed Run

June (exact date TBD) Eroica Brittania

12-14 July Velo Retro England

Despite these being in my homeland, I haven't ridden any of them....YET!
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I think a ride on any one of those would be a bucket list item.
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La Francescana Ciclostorica dell'Umbria italy, mid september.
Just gotta say, that this one is not too long. For me, having done the long Eroica ride and then someting shorter like L'Intrepedia, there is merit to both. But my criteria for suggesting a ride is only that the website or the FB page show people on steel bikes with old jerseys. That said, word on the piazza is that the Italians are working towards a general format on their C and V rides and are trying to not schedule competing rides on the same date. I don't think you can go too wrong with sny of these rides.
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la polverosa. Lapolverosa.eu. July
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Thank you @non-fixie! I can see I have more reasons to be in Reims in June and July next year.
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Thanks for posting this! I agree it would make a great sticky thread. Thanks to a PM from non-fixie earlier this year I got to 2 of those events, and this coming year look forward to lots more.
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Excellent thread. Thanks.
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Great idea @non-fixie. Bob and I did the Hispania and the route is fabulous. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of youtside catering facilities and the fact that the Spanish have a tendency to eat dinner at about 10pm. Makes it hard to get a good night's sleep. We had thunderstorms, lightning, shivers, and horrendous cold, but I remember it in some ways as being a better ride than Gaiole.
Targets next year are Anjou and Gaiole, with a couple of local non-vintage weekends thrown in.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Last I checked, and Brexit notwithstanding, the UK was part of Europe so there are these rides:

May (exact date TBD) Tweed Run

June (exact date TBD) Eroica Brittania

12-14 July Velo Retro England

Despite these being in my homeland, I haven't ridden any of them....YET!
Thanks, Dave! I've added them to the 'dream itinerary'.

English friends of ours have taken part in the Tweed Run organisation and I'm sure it is a lot of fun, but a different concept, compared to L 'Eroica. On their site they state " The Tweed Run is a metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style. We take to the streets in our well-pressed best, and cycle through the city's iconic landmarks. Along the way, we stop for a tea break and a picnic stop, and we usually end with a bit of a jolly knees-up". Which petty much sums it up, I think.

We did Eroica Britannia this year. The report is here. I just watched Theresa May's press conference on the proposed "Brexit deal", and I think it's better to not share my opinion on whether England is part of Europe or not.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
La Francescana Ciclostorica dell'Umbria italy, mid september.
Just gotta say, that this one is not too long. For me, having done the long Eroica ride and then someting shorter like L'Intrepedia, there is merit to both. But my criteria for suggesting a ride is only that the website or the FB page show people on steel bikes with old jerseys. That said, word on the piazza is that the Italians are working towards a general format on their C and V rides and are trying to not schedule competing rides on the same date. I don't think you can go too wrong with sny of these rides.

Thanks, Mr S! Added. Interestingly, their site says: " The Franciscan is the 13th stage of the Tour of Italy Historical, the Italian circuit of vintage cycling events." I thought I was seeing some common features on the Italian websites.

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la polverosa. Lapolverosa.eu. July
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Great idea @non-fixie. Bob and I did the Hispania and the route is fabulous. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of youtside catering facilities and the fact that the Spanish have a tendency to eat dinner at about 10pm. Makes it hard to get a good night's sleep. We had thunderstorms, lightning, shivers, and horrendous cold, but I remember it in some ways as being a better ride than Gaiole.
Targets next year are Anjou and Gaiole, with a couple of local non-vintage weekends thrown in.
Thanks, Milo! I would really like to do the Spanish event some day. Love Spain. For next year, however, Anjou and Gaiole are also part of our plans, so maybe we'll meet again. Owe you guys a cuppa char.
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Thanks @non-fixie. I've added entries to the Vintage Cycling Events calendar which have concrete dates.
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I'll be at two events in 2019. The Anjou: been going to that every other year since it started, and will be going again to my little known Spanish event. Oh, and by the way L'Eroica Friden is in the Peak District, nowhere near Newhaven in East Sussex - save confusion.

And of course the cycling World Championships are here in the UK in 2019.

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Added a date for La Savoureuse: 25 August.
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Another couple of updates to the first post. Most notably Eroica Britannia, which has now moved from June to August, to coincide with, and be part of Bakewell's 200th anniversary event. Also, the ride will be limited to 500 entrants and the rules will be enforced more fiercely than before, apparently because of a film that is to be made of the event.

You can imagine the flak they're getting in the social media.
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Thanks. I updated the vintage cycling events calendar with both the change to Eroica Brittania and La Savoureuse.
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Thanks. I updated the vintage cycling events calendar with both the change to Eroica Brittania and La Savoureuse.
Thank you, Skip. Much appreciated.
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