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L'Eroica 2013 (6 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist at the start of "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (Siena).

In the 2013 edition more than 5.400 participants from all over the world came to "L'Eroica" to ride their vintage bike through white road, vineyards and nature.

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L'Eroica 2013 (7 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Felice Gimondi, one of the most famous italian cyclist at "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

Gimondi, nicknamed "The Phoenix", is one of the five cyclist to win all three Grand Tours of road cycling (Italy, Spain and France).

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L'Eroica 2013 (2 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Womens cyclist are waiting for the start of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

There are few rules for "L'Eroica", but the most important is the main criteria: "only cyclists with "heroic" bicycles will be permitted to participate".

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L'Eroica 2013 (1 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A young cyclist with traditional clothes ready for the start of "L'Eroica".

"L'eroica" 2013 took place on 6th October 2013, starting from Gaiole in Chianti with 4 different routes.

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L'Eroica 2013 (3 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A participant of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti, a little village close to Siena in the heart of Chianti.

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L'Eroica 2013 (4 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist waiting for their friends along a white road near Pianella (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling

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L'Eroica 2013 (8 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists along a white road with a traditional stone wall.

"L'Eroica" is one of the most famous vintage old-style tourist cycling event in the world

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L'Eroica 2013 (9 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A cyclist take a break surrounded by vineyards.

In the 2013 edition people came from many countries in the world, especially this year was registered an high number of participants from Asia.

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L'Eroica 2013 (10 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists take a break in a little bar.

Many people come to Gaiole in Chianti (SI) to enjoy the magic atmosphere of "L'Eroica", and to visit the amazing landscape of Val d'Orcia and Chianti.

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L'Eroica 2013 (11 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists riding through a white road in Chianti (SI).

Every year during the first week end of October thousand of vintage-bike lovers come to Gaiole in Chianti, near Siena, to participate at "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (20 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Traditional clothes, vintage bikes and vineyards during "L'Eroica" 2013.

A dive into the past along the white road of Val d'Orcia and Chianti create an unique atmosphere in one of the most beautiful corner of Tuscany.

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L'Eroica 2013 (19 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Participants of "L'Eroica" take a break in Radda in Chianti (SI).

Along the route in some villages, cyclists can find a refreshment with local food and drink. A break to take a rest and enjoy the little village in the heart of Chianti.

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L'Eroica (18 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A woman ride a bike near Radda in Chianti (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling during "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (14 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Participants of "L'Eroica" wait at the end of the route.

Each participant has the opportunity to choose either the long (200 or 135 km) or short (75 or 38 km) route that best suits his or her fitness level.

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L'Eroica 2013 (15 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A man watch the finish of "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

As the rules of "L'Eroica" explain, "Heroic" bicycles are bicycles which have all the following characteristics:

• road racing bikes, built before 1987 (not cyclo-cross or time trial bikes); • steel frame (the only aluminium frame bikes permitted are ALAN or VITUS with either screwed or glued joints);

• gear shift levers on the down tube of the frame (exceptionally, only pre-1980 bar-end gear shifts are allowed);

• pedals with toe clips and fitted straps (quick release pedals are not allowed, except Cinelli M71 pedals); • passage of brake cables outside the handlebars (the passage of cables inside the frame is acceptable);

• wheels must have at least 32 spokes with a low profile (less than 20 mm).

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L'Eroica 2013 (16 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists in front of a local supermarket after the finish of "L'Eroica" 2013.

This unique event, the biggest in Italy and one of the most important in the world knows only few rules: only vintage bikes and instead of competition the true spirit of "L'Eroica": a genuine passion for cycling, nature and food.

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L'Eroica 2013 (17 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

The arrival of "L'Eroica" 2013 in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

People from all over the world share their passion for vintage cyclism during the first week of October in Gaiole in Chianti (SI) during "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (13 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A local butcher in Gaiole in Chianti (SI) with an old bike inside.

During "L'Eroica" everything is arranged to host the vintage cycle event, representing an important occasion to share their products, traditions and lifestyle.

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L'Eroica 2013 (12 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Luciano Berruti, an italian old-bikes collector during "L'Eroica" 2013.

Every year, during the first weekend of October, thousands of passionate cyclists reach Gaiole, a small village in the Italian region of Chianti, for the most famous old-style tourist cycling event in the world, the so-called "L'Eroica" ("the heroic" ).