Category Archives: vintage
Saturday at the L’Eroica Britannia Festival
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The L’Eroica Britannia was born from its mother event, L’Eroica in Italy, a race where vintage rules everything and aside from the random cell phone in the palm of a rider, everything is period correct. Brooks England brought various media sources out to ride on their team and I was lucky enough to score a position.

Here in the UK, the event is in its first year and with a crowd of over 2,000 riders in attendance, they need a place to call home base. Located in the town of Bakewell, UK, riders have set up camping tents in the pleasant valley along the river.

Rolling hills and picturesque landscapes await, but until then, there is music, drinks and food to be had.

We began our morning with a cold-start descent from our cottages at the top of the hill range, down to town for a sausage sandwich, pudding and some coffee – at least that’s what they called it… From there, we rode out to Chatsworth to tour an old estate, showcasing art that was “procured” from around the world before ending back at the festival for late-afternoon food and drinks…

Today the 2014 L’Eroica Britannia awaits.

Jun 22, 2014 20 comments
Merckx Mondays
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If there is one man who is truly obsessed with Eddy Merckx, it’s Bret Horton of the Horton Collection. To celebrate this obsession – that I think we all have, at least in some capacity – the Horton Collection is offering a limited run of Eddy Merckx lithographs.

So how many of these 20″ x 24″ prints were made? You guessed it, 525.

Pick up a set at the Horton Collection.

Jun 16, 2014 Comments are OFF
Completely Insane 1914 Australian Bikepacking Journey from Adelaide to Darwin
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So, you’re really into bikepacking, that “new” thing, huh?

100 years ago, today, Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenback rode 3,000km from Adelaide, Australia to Darwin. The trip took him 28 days and in that time, he battled the elements, got carried by Aboriginal tribesmen by stick – literally, hogtied upside down – and trekked across swamps. I feel like a jackass for whining about a windy, rainy night in my posh-ass tent.

Seriously, is this a Foster’s commercial in the making? Read the whole story at the Dailymail.

Jun 13, 2014 9 comments
I’m Heading to the L’Eroica Britannia with Brooks England
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Next week, I board a plane and hop the pond over to the UK. It’ll be the first time there with a bike and while I’m not bringing anything from my personal stable, I’ll have something vintage to ride, donated graciously by Brooks England.

The mainstay for the trip is the L’Eroica Britannia, a new take on the classic Italian event, at home in The Peak District, UK. Over 1,600 riders will depart on three rides (33 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles) on pre-1987 steel bicycles.

You should check out this interview at the Brooks England Blog and more information at the L’Eroica Britannia website. Maybe I’ll see you there?

Now’s the main thing on my mind: what do I wear?

Jun 9, 2014 20 comments
Shakopee Velodrome Photos
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I love photos from track racing in the 70’s. You’ve gotta head over to Bike Jerks to see more from the Shakopee Velodrome!

Jun 9, 2014 Comments are OFF
FYXO: Pantini Bianchi Mega Pro Reparto Corse
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Photo by Andy White

Pantini has been getting a lot of attention as of late, with the release of Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist. Andy took it upon himself to jump-start the calendar to the Melbourne premiere – which I’ll be attending – by photographing this Bianchi Mega Pro Reparto Corse. It’s quite the looker.

Head over to FYXO for more!

Also, I’ll be in town for the Roobaix… See ya soon!

May 28, 2014 Comments are OFF