For the fourth consecutive year le coq sportif is a partner of the legendary Italian Cyclotour . L'Eroica is always a very special event in the calendar of an amateur cyclist. For those who have the chance to participate is in Tuscany , one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. A breathtaking scenery and an unforgettable journey on the famous " strade Bianche " and its long white Tuscan roads. The best way to finish the cycling season!
The day we arrived on Saturday , we were far from the idyllic vision that you can expect when in Tuscany. Torrential rain fall down relentlessly on the village of Gaiole in Chianti, thick clouds surrounded mountain ridges and a thick mist filled valleys.
The next day, the day of the race , the weather is still not at its best. L'Eroica in the rain also promises a lot of beautiful pictures but basically everyone would prefer to participate in this race under the sun , if only to enjoy the scenery.
The usual training ride to test our bikes will eventually be replaced by a long lunch and a few cappuccinos until later in the evening, dinner heroes in the big tent erected in the village .
Sunday, up at 6am for a start at 8am. The sky is threatening but offers a beautiful spectacle. The heart of the village instantly filled with runners looks from another time. Our team , in turn , is aligned with the first appearance in the L'Eroica performance Jersey, combining historical nod, local color and technique, the jersey is very well received.
From the beginning of the race the sun comes out gradually as to support and welcome this celebration of cycling. Everyone is ready for a day of cycling on the outstanding 75km course and its challenges. Those who have already made the L'Eroica 130km journey know, the 75km route is deemed more difficult : the necks are linked quickly and leave little respite, and a difficulty limit is feared , for many it is impossible not to set foot on land. But like every bike ride , the sport experience and contact with the surroundings are such that you quickly forget the suffering...