Pedal of Honour presents … The Classic
Sunday September 3rd 2017
Take yourself back. Way back. Back when bike riding was real, when bikes were made of steel, you had less gears, less braking and the roads were potholed and rutted (OK, you don’t need to go back much for that last one). Back when even cars didn’t have disc brakes and ‘electronic shift’ was a 60s pop group. In short, back to the golden age of cycling.
So get ready to saddle up your steel road bikes from yesteryear and indulge in some truly heroic riding across the rolling Chiltern Hills.
Now in its third year, our Eroica-style sportive mixes quiet country lanes with bridleways and unmade roads to create the feel of the Tuscan original. With great scenery, welcoming pubs (for essential hydration) and a relaxed vibe we’ve forged a great retro cycling event in a beautiful part of the country. This is essentially a sportive (although we don’t really like that term) with an entry fee of £20 payable on the day. In return you get a hosted ride, great scenery and great food stops.
To whet your appetite for your retro adventure, here’s the detail of this year’s route. There will be a few amendments but essentially the route begins at the Alford Arms, Frithsden and ends in Berkhamsted, taking in elements of the Ridgeway, where rideable on the day. Just click on the image below for the details. Berkhamsted is easy to get to: it’s on the main line between Euston, Birmingham and Manchester, while the M1, M25 and M40 are all close by.
There are always rules and with the original Eroica event, the rules were essentially: pre-1987 steel road bikes only, downtube shifters, brake cables arcing back over the handlebars, toe clips and of course a retro jersey to set the whole thing off. Well, we subscribe to all that, but being practical we’re a little less dogmatic about the detail. We’d love you to ride a lovingly restored classic lightweight or even your dad’s old road bike from the garage, but the right attitude and a nod or two to the retro ethos of The Classic will do just fine. Just make sure your brakes work and the tyres aren’t perished.
If you’re extra special keen to ride a classic steel road bike, then get in touch with our friends at Glory Days who can sell or hire you the ideal ride for the day.
It will be useful to know if you’re planning on taking part, so please use the link below to register your interest. Once you’ve added your details we’ll stay in touch as the Classic approaches.
That’s it for now, more details to follow. See you soon.