Self Preservation Society, L’Eroica 2011

by Chikashi

The 2011 edition of L’Eroica was absolutely fantastic.  Glorious weather, festive atmosphere, beautiful bikes, breathtaking landscape and a very challenging route (75 km).  It is actually quite surprising to see that a little village like Gaiole, which my English friends call Gay-au-lait (life would be so dull if they had not built the Tower of Babel, no?), can accommodate more than 4,000 visitors at one go.

Other than one tired and cranky old rider who was in a hurry to get to supper, everyone was congenial.  Many, many thanks to the army of locals who volunteered to make this event a reality, from the start line to the pit stops, back at the finish line, and everywhere in-between.  Massive effort, job well done.  And, of course, hats off to the nutters that rode the 205 km or the 135 km route:  Heroic.

We all made it back in one piece, and Simon got his podium finish.  I have never been covered in so much dust, and I loved every minute of it.  These strade bianche must remain untarmacked.