Saturday 16th june 2018

2018 sees Eroica Britannia introduce a new test event to our weekend of cycling. The Italian named ‘Eroica Nova’ will make its debut on Saturday 16th June with a small, limited numbers event to gauge the appetite of our audience and suitability to the terrain of The Peak District.

Total Distance

86 miles


7220 ft




6-8 Hrs

Nova was introduced in 2017 to the original Italian event L’Eroica as an evolution to their brand and in our fifth year of Eroica Britannia - with our audience asking for even more bike events over the weekend - we feel that this is the right time to evolve our festival offering too.

It's an event that we hope will find a regular place in our weekend line-up moving forwards. It is a really dynamic addition to Saturday’s line-up and the idea is to continue to champion the heroic spirit by tapping into elements of a pro-race feeling inspired by the Italian Spring classic the ‘Strade Bianche’.

We’ve developed a challenging ride that will not only test your endurance and stamina - but will put your modern bike through its paces too! With the change of pace and gruelling climbs we’re thinking it might appeal to those ‘men and women of steel’ as a warm-up to the classic ride on Sunday.

See it as a warm-up to Sunday, a challenge in its own right to get used to riding on the white roads on your familiar carbon or perhaps get into spectator mode to save your legs for Sunday! We’re excited to be presenting Nova, it has taken some time and a whole lot of effort to put together - in terms of route to reflect our Italian friends’ vision but also to have the chance to add another ride into our 3-days line-up.

*All photography shown on this page taken at Nova Eroica, Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy

Elevation Profile

Starting elevation 1,100 ft above sea level. Highest elevation marked at 1,510 ft above sea level.

0 mi 21 mi 42 mi 63 mi 86 mi
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This Modern Classic is relentless in both its terrain and beauty. You’ll be gritting your teeth with every uphill pedal stroke yet rewarded with stunning views stretching far and wide. Refine your aero-tuck for sweeping descents into some of the Peak District’s most picturesque valleys and along many of the local traffic-free gravel trails.

28T, 28MM, 28KPH

Story of Eroica Nova

From its beginnings in Italy in 1997 L’Eroica was never about recreating the past. Instead it was to inspire people to cycle on routes that had typically been reserved for agricultural transport over the proceeding decades.

The classic bike rule was introduced latterly to celebrate cycling’s heritage by having participants ride vintage bikes on historic white roads (‘Strade Bianche’), which encouraged the beauty of fatigue and thrill of the conquest.

2007 saw the first edition of professional cycling’s version of L’Eroica, meaning white road ‘Strade Bianche’ racing was back in the peloton. World Champion at the time, Aleksandr Kolobnev, won the inaugural event, and it was, and continues to be, a Globally televised event, and staple of the pro cycling calendar.

Over the past 10 years the Strade Bianche has become one of the iconic spring classics, one- day races, won by some of the great champions of modern cycling, such as Fabian Cancellara, Philippe Gilbert and Michał Kwiatkowski.

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3.3mi time trial


1.2mi, 8% average, category 4 climb


2.1mi, 6% average, category 3 climb


0.4mi sprint


Exhilarating Miles


gravel, tarmac... anything goes


Nova Eroica Britannia is only open to modern road, cx and gravel bikes. For the first time, you’ll be able to bring your modern bike for the ultimate test against gravity on six of the region’s toughest climbs: Winnats Pass, The Dale, Sir William Hill, Bakewell Forest, Beeley Moor and High Peak Junction. There are no prizes for the rider who crosses the finish line first but there will be four timed sections scattered along the route with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female on each one. Whether you’re a climber, sprinter or time-trialist, there’s a sector on which to test yourself. Celebrate your strengths while enjoying the essence of Eroica Britannia.

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Feed Zones





A Feed Zone in Grindleford at the halfway point will offer an opportunity to grab a quick bite and top up bidons before taking on more of the famous climbs and descents. The final refreshment stop comes just before the off-road test of High Peak Junction, where you’ll empty the tank up a steep off-road ramp and head back to Friden Grange.


Saturday 16th June 2018


5 of the most iconic climbs in the Peaks all under one route


Recommended tyre size

Modern Classic

After conquering the challenge, you’ll be able to celebrate in the Festival grounds using your free 3-day Festival pass which is included with every Ride entry. Stick around and continue the celebrations by cheering on the Classic Ride on Sunday. Get your ticket and free Festival pass and spend the weekend with us celebrating cycling.

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What’s the difference?

Saturday 16th June Sunday 17th June
Nova Ride Entry + 3 Day Festival Pass Classic Ride Entry + 3 Day Festival Pass
Modern Bike (min 28mm tyre recommended) Pre-1987 Bike
86 miles 30, 60 or 100 miles
Timed Sections Own Pace
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