The condition for participation is that bike models used should date from 1986 or earlier. Many cyclists even wear the old gear, and carry spare tires slung over their shoulders. The race for the keenest is 205 kilometres long while the shortest is 35 kilometres.
Either way the cyclists have to deal with hilly terrain and some unsealed roads, as well as older bike technology.
We were at Panzano for the Festa Aprilante, the monthly food and crafts fair, and managed to see quite a few brave souls pedal past.
Cecchini, our famous local butcher, was on hand as usual to offer refreshments. We were amused to see the cyclists scoffing wine and bread smeared with Cecchini's herbed lard!
Useful calories I suppose.
Apparently 5,000 cyclists took part in L'Eroica this year: che eroi!