Nova Eroica Prosecco Hills
Race, Ride, Relax on this modernized version of the Eroica retro event.
Given that “eroica” is Italian for heroic, this is the ideal event for a Cycling Hero. The original Eroica takes place every year on the ‘white’ roads of Tuscany and now other locations around the world, and requires all participants to adhere to strict clothing and bike rules to ensure the look and feel of a bygone cycling era.
The Nova Eroica retains the epic on/off-road concept but allows more freedom to ride and wear what you like. The abundant vineyards and steep ‘sterrate’ or gravel roads on offer in the Nova Eroica Prosecco Hills in the Veneto region make the event every bit the challenge of the Tuscan original. Gravel bikes are the ideal option given the hybrid road surfaces, but given the routes are over 70% asphalt, they are easily doable with a road bike, as well.
The format of the event is as follows: there are several timed uphill segments that you are welcome to ‘race’ that count towards a sector and overall standing. The overall finishing time is not really important, so you can just ‘ride’ the other parts of the route tranquillo. There is a big party at the finish line, with tasty food and a festive environment where you can ‘relax’ and share your experience with others. All in all a wonderful and inclusive day out on the bike.
There are three options to choose from that all start and end at the beautiful Borgoluce Winery just outside of Susagana. All three options start together and share the same route up to the top of the first challenge, the steep paved climb to Via Collagù, which is also the location of the first replenishment station. After a wonderful descent, the routes pass through Soligo, where the longer options split off and head for Valdobbiadene, while the short version heads directly for Rolle. Upon reaching Valdobbiadene, the medium and long options head up to the highest point of the route near Combai, before taking in the breathtaking views at Rolle. Here the long option bears left and passes Revine Lake and Vittorio Veneto, before looping back and joining the other two routes at the Molinetto della Croda for a last replenishment station before the finish back at Borgoluce. Prosecco time!
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