The Britannia Times
The Champion’s ChoicePublished on 13th. March 2017
The Sunday Telegraph: David Millar's includes Eroica Britannia in 10 of the world's best cycling experiences
An excellent weekend read in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday from David Millar, David joined us on The Ride for the first time last year and wrote a superb review of his experiences at Eroica Britannia with our Ride Partner Maserati, which you can read HERE. We are delighted that David will be joining us in June with his family this time and making a weekend of it!
"Former race pro David Millar shares his favourite locations for adventures on two wheels, from Boulder to Biarritz to our home, The Peak District."
“I first started road cycling at the age of 15 – in Hong Kong, where my father and I moved in 1990. I used to love riding around the New Territories pretending I was in the Tour de France, imagining I was at the front of the race being chased by the peloton (the main pack of riders in a bike road race). The country parks where I’d ride were such a contrast to the city.
Now I no longer yearn for epic rides. I don’t do that sort of thing any more as it sounds terribly difficult. That isn’t to say none of my 10 choices below couldn’t be made epic; all it would take is some bad weather, the wrong choice of clothes and a couple of mechanical incidents for the simplest of bike rides to turn into an endurance expedition. This list is more aligned to my new style of cycling, where racing towards a finish line with a number pinned to my back is no longer the be-all and end-all. Now it’s all about the experience, be it solo escape or for social bonding. The latter being my preferred option these days – there are few sports in the world that are capable of such memorable shared experiences as cycling."
Eroica Britannia. The Peak District, UK
"Truly one of the most beautiful places in Britain to ride a bike, the Peak District has a more rugged and striking beauty than Tuscany, yet is no less breathtaking. I lived and trained in Hayfield for nearly two years and loved it there. I don’t get much chance to go back, but I did last year with Eroica Britannia (June 16-18; eroicabritannia.co.uk), a three-day family festival culminating in a bike ride on the Sunday. This year, the event will be held at Friden Grange, Newhaven, near Buxton. Think of a Goodwood Revival for bikes: everybody gets dressed up, then the ride involves not only Tarmac, but also gravel trails.
"Some of the most fun I’ve had on a bike in a long time."
If you'd like to stay in a top notch hotel get in touch with Gusto Cycling (07515 941879; gustocycling.com) A three-day Eroica Britannia 2017 package from costs from £329, including accommodation, vintage bike rental, a three-day festival pass and guaranteed registration, as well as routes and advice. You can also camp on the Festival site from £70 for 4 nights in the Homefields or Glamp in The Grove, also on the Festival site from £165 for 3-nights.
With thanks to The Sunday Telegraph