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L'Eroica is an annual non-competitive cycling event which takes place since 1997 in the province of Siena, Italy. The theme of the event is vintage cycling, with participants using vintage (= pre-1987) bikes, accessories and clothing, and the route often including unpaved roads. It is held in the first Sunday of October.
The event is open to everybody, but cyclist participating with a vintage bike are honored with a certificate certifying their participation. Vintage bikes are defined by characteristics typical of racing bikes used until the 1980s. These include:
- steel frame
- gear levers mounted on the down tube of the frame
- external wires
- pedals with toe straps
- wheels with at least 32 spokes and low-profile rims
- "Why L'Eroica is one of the best bike rides in the world (photos) - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- Regolamento sul sito ufficiale Archived 2014-10-28 at the Wayback Machine.