The Ride

A Great British Adventure

On Sunday 19th June 2016 - You, our adventurers will gather, bikes polished and magnificent for a 3 route tour of the Peak District. We're known as The World's Most Handsome Bike Ride so be sure to ensure your ride day outfit is as handsome as your bike! Bells will ring and the thrill of 3,700 riders on pre-1987 bikes will resonate around hill and through vale for Eroica Britannia.

Come and experience a true Great British Adventure. An exploration of some of the most beautiful countryside punctuated by World class heritage sites and areas of astonishing beauty. Plus - enjoy our 'Feast Stops' laden with local food and drink to nourish, sustain, surprise and delight you. All food and drink on whichever route you choose is included in your Ride ticket price.

We have a top tip! Ahead of all these wonders! Get your training in! The Peak District may sound friendly but we're got a real challenge lined up for you!

What They Say

"You must ride a vintage bike older than 1987. Your attire should be of similar age, as well as your shoes, gloves and other accessories but don’t be mistaken, this is no casual jaunt around the park. This is no leisurely stroll, only sated by a cold beer at a pub. Eroica Britannia is a ride for cyclists." The Radavist


"Rolling back into Bakewell showground really is quite something, the crowds had swelled in the sunshine and riders were flooding in through the finish as the commentator read their names aloud and a Bakewell Pudding and an ale greeted them too. All in all one of the most fun cycling events you can go to. Do it!" Cyclosport


"The vintage focus of the festival gives it a lighter and more friendly atmosphere than the competitive-spirited cycling sportives so popular around the UK – it’s more like a huge fancy dress party." The Guardian

SELECT A LOCATION ON OUR ROUTE

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Short 30m

A great choice for riders of all levels of fitness. It is fairly undulating but definitely enough of a stretch to give you a challenge.

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Medium 55m

A bit more adventurous and does require you to be reasonably fit. Several long climbs will give you a stern work out – but the descents are glorious!

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Long 100m

A real challenge but it covers all the very best of the Peak District National Park. Open to all you Men and Women of Steel out there!

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What They Say

"Back at the festival after an exciting 55 miles of road and gravel, our group reconnected and talked about the experiences of the road. The stories were all the same: old bikes are brilliant fun, long descents and old brakes make for aching hands, and why didn’t we all keep our pre-1987 bikes? They’re great fun!" Cycling Weekly


"Even better was the announcers shouting: “Here’s James Maloney from Liverpool.” To which I punched the air as if I’d won said Grand Tour." Spin Cycle Magazine