Eroica Britannia Moves to Goodwood
We are delighted to announce that Eroica Britannia is moving to Goodwood, the sporting estate in West Sussex.
We are very sorry for the radio silence. Since 2019 we’ve been searching for a permanent new base in the Peaks and then further afield that allows the event to flourish and to set down new roots. We’re thrilled that Goodwood, in the heart of the South Downs National Park, is to be Eroica’s new home.
The Goodwood team are kindred spirits. Indeed, when we first started planning Eroica Britannia back in 2012, the Goodwood Revival was a major inspiration. What’s more, Goodwood has a cycling history: for those who remember, it hosted the 1982 UCI Road World Championship, aptly won by an Italian, Giuseppe Saronni.
"We leave Derbyshire with great memories and are excited about the next chapter. Goodwood is the perfect venue for an event that has captured the imagination of cyclists and festival-goers from all over the world."
Tim Hubbard, co-founder of Eroica Britannia.
Eroica Taster at Goodwood Revival, 17-19 September 2021
We're still very much in the planning stages post-Covid. However, please put 17 - 19 September 2021 in your diaries, when you’ll be able to enjoy a taste of Eroica Britannia at the Goodwood Revival.
Join us for vintage bike displays and a parade around the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit before the official launch of Eroica Britannia at Goodwood in 2022.
The 2022 Eroica Ride & Festival at Goodwood
We’re working hard to create a beautiful route for you all and will keep you posted on that over the next few months. So far, we know it will start and finish at Goodwood and take in the stunning Sussex South Downs along the way.
Excitingly, it gives regular riders a chance to explore a whole new landscape. Sussex is renowned for its vineyards, charming villages, rolling hills and beautiful views of the coast. As ever, pre-1987 bikes will be the order of the day, and we’ll be calling off to sample the best in local food and drink along the way: maybe even fish & chips and ice cream by the sea!
The beautiful three-day family festival we loved so much at Bakewell will become bigger and better at Goodwood. There are plans for brilliant entertainment, the likes of which we could only dream of at our previous venues, including a track race around the historic Motor Circuit and Hill Climb competitions.
Old favourites will remain, such as the Best in Show and the Twilight Ride. The Goodwood Motor Circuit also allows us to have a safe and epic Family Ride to inspire future generations of Eroici!
We can't wait to see you all again.
"We're thrilled to be bringing Eroica Britannia to Goodwood and to be adding cycling as yet another sporting pursuit you can enjoy on the Estate. A sense of passion and derring-do fuels everything we do: we're looking forward to sprinkling a bit of Goodwood magic on an event that is already hugely successful. The stories of heroism from cycling’s glorious past will come alive as we create a festival that will delight cycling fans from around the world."
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon. Goodwood.
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"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!"
Men's Health Magazine
"It was great riding and by the time we came off the trail and hit a first (unofficial) coffee stop, the true character of the event was really starting to show. This wasn't really a race, it was a grand social occasion. Nobody was in a hurry and riders sat around sipping espressos, chatting, joking and admiring each other's vintage attire. A wonderful atmosphere."
"Eroica Britannia is not a themed ride in that sense, although many of those traits apply here. 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."
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"Covering a total distance of 100 miles, The Long Route is an ultimate test of cycling ability and both physical and mental fitness."
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"It's not just about the riding though - this huge three-day festival welcomed some 40,000 people last year with is mix of live music, bike jumbles, bars, eateries, camping."
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"Eroica rides are something completely different to any other sportive. Organised around cycling festivals, they celebrate the heritage and history of two wheeled travel."
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