The Britannia Times
'There are no strangers at Eroica Britannia, just friends who haven't met.'Published on 27th. April 2017
Raoul Pidgeon is a retired policeman from Suffolk who has been with us since day dot! He tells us what makes Eroica Britannia so special to him and his favourite memories from the last few years.
In 2014 I entered to ride the short route on the inaugural Eroica Britannia. I was looking to take part in something friendly and fun. The other 4,000 riders made it an amazing experience. Nothing can be truer, there are no strangers just friends who haven't met.
I rode on a 1947 Humber cycle. As heavy as the titanic and probably the same turning circle. Oh yes and non existent brakes. I dressed as a village policeman. As a retired policeman I could think of no better costume to wear. I had the honour of leading the ride off at the start. Along the way I met and made friends from as far afield as Brazil. The local villagers were fantastic. Many laughs along the way.
I have never experienced such a fun festival. Great music, drink and food.
I returned in 2015 and won best dressed at ‘Best in Show’ again as the village policeman. A year’s supply of tea was my prize and yes it did last a year. I again rode in 2016, this time along with my wife. My highlight that year has to be having my photo taken with Luciano Berruti, what a man!
What has amazed me is the number of people I met again! Last year I also took part in the Velo Classico in Germany. I will of course be returning to the best festival around this year, my advice? GET ONBOARD!