L’Eroica 2013 Registration by Lottery
The 2013 edition of l’Eroica will take place on 6 October. The good news is that registration will open in less than a week, on 21 January. The rest is a bit mixed.
The number of riders registering through the regular channel will be capped at 5000. I think this is sensible because there is a limit to how many participants the organisers and the region can handle. The regular channel does not include those invited by the organisers, sponsors, 200 spots being sold at a premium in May and June, and spots allocated to tour operators. There is also no limit to the number of over-60 and female participants.
If I remember correctly, the further limits on under-60 riders is new: only 2500 under-60 boys, 1500 Italians and 1000 non-Italians. The registration period for us is between 21 January and 3 March.
Now comes the real twist: It is no longer first-come-first-served. Rather, 1500 Italians and 1000 non-Italians will get a spot by a random draw. That is, LOTTERY. Many people were disappointed last year because they did not register quickly enough (I think it sold out in less than a week…). I take it that, in order to be ‘fair’, the organisers have decided to disappoint (and delight) at random instead. They have not yet announced when the draw will be.
The registration period for over-60s and women is between 1 February and 30 June. There is no limit to the number of over-60s and women, both Italians and non-Italians.
So, some anxiety ahead for us boys then.
UPDATE: go here.