Cycling history will be made when Derbyshire welcomes the most handsome bike race in the world.
The Peak District will host L’Eroica next month, the first time on British soil for a race which is traditionally held in Italy.
It may not be the biggest cycling show to hit the area this summer but it’s still a big deal with riders from all over the world pedalling in to our region..
Thirty percent of the 2,000 riders are travelling from locations abroad, including Hong Kong, South Africa and Switzerland.
Tim Hubbard from L’Eroica Britannia said: “The response to the ride has been phenomenal.
“The Great British Adventure has really captured the imagination of cycling fans in the UK and beyond. We are bowled over by the passion and support that riders are showing towards the event.”
Adventurers wearing vintage clothing will ride their pre-1987 bikes on bone-shaking roads, covering 30-mile, 55-mile and 100-mile trails.
Their journey on June 22 will take them through the beautiful landscape of the Peak District, including the private lands of the Chatsworth Estate. The ride will also take in the Monsal Trail, where riders will experience a series of viaducts and tunnels before filtering off on their chosen route.
David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, said: “The opportunities the L’Eroica Britannia will bring to the Peak District area are widespread, not only showcasing the well-known but also the lesser well-known attractions. It will be a unique platform to highlight the jewels of the communities en route - whether they be food and drink, historic places or cultural attractions.”
The heartbeat of L’Eroica Britannia will be a free festival running from June 20-22 on Bakewell showground.
Curated to reflect the vibrancy and excitement of a Great British Adventure, the interactive festival is packed with fun things to do for all the family.
Visitors are encouraged to wear vintage outfits as there will be prizes for best in show as well as awards for best dressed rider, best dressed village and best dressed window.
The extravaganza will boast a vintage fair, bike jumble, live entertainment, 200 local, national and international lifestyle and cycling brands, a Spitfire flyover on the Sunday and the opportunity to cheer the race participants on their lap of honour.
Both the festival and ride mirror the original Italian ethos which celebrates and values sustainability, territory, environment, heritage, wellbeing and the joys of local food and drink.
L’Eroica is the headline event in the Peak District’s 100 days of cycling, which will include the world’s fastest cyclists speeding through the northern tip of the national park on Sunday, July 6, during the Tour de France.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Peak District has aspirations to build on its already enviable reputation as one of the best places to cycle for leisure in the UK and put us on the world map.
“Our fantastic network of traffic-free trails, connections with great cycling cities like Manchester and Derby, some of the best elite road cycling and excellent tourism make the Peak District the ideal cycling location.”