Words by Hannah Reynolds
Deep in the heart of the Peak District, a motley group of riders in woollen gear on vintage bikes assembled to preview the short route of the Eroica Britannia which is taking place 16-18 June 2017.
Being driven to the start of a vintage bike ride by Dave Millar in his Maserati, whilst wearing itchy, vintage woollen shorts was unusual, and a slightly uncomfortable, way to start my Eroica Britannia preview ride. Millar himself, always the pro and style conscious, had opted to wear his woollen shorts over his own Lycra. I wanted to go for full authenticity, the result of which is some cringe-worthy pictures with full thigh exposure.
You might think this is too much information about our outfits but riders in last year’s Eroica Britannia event spent 50% more on their outfits than they did on their vintage bikes. Eroica Britannia is an incredibly stylish event; it is most certainly Britain’s most handsome bike ride. The whole weekend is a riot of vintage fashion. It is quintessentially British summer party as we imagine it when viewed through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. It is elegant women, raffishly good-looking men and Hendricks gin with a twist of cucumber.