Nova Eroica California April 6th


L'Eroica has never been about just recreating the past. It was originally launched as a "junket" - a "freebie" - for those who had participated in the "Gino Bartali" Granfondo, and it has always proposed routes that are tough, never just a 'walk in the park' for the cameras. In 2007, on 9 October, we proposed the Monte Paschi Eroica, the pro version of our event. Since then white roads have been reintroduced into the top echelons of the cycling world, including stages races and the memorable Giro d'Italia 2010 Carrara-Montalcino, with two segments of the permanent route of L'Eroica 

Giancarlo Brocci (Founder L'Eroica)


NOVA Eroica California is open to all ROAD RACING, CYCLOCROSS AND GRAVEL BYCICLES with carbon, steel, titanium and aluminum frames. The bikes must have drop handlebars. The ride follows the new scenic 82 mile "La via dello Scalatore" Route and participants will experience the most challenging gravel roads of Eroica California. This is one of the most spectacular rides on the Central Coast of California. NOVA Eroica participants who join the NOVA Eroica Strava Club will use the Strava app to track and time segments of the ride and compete with other NOVA Eroica Strava Club members. Riders can participate in NOVA Eroica without using the Strava app, but segments will not be timed. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to participate and experience the Eroica spirit, the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest on modern bikes. 

Nova Eroica Route

Previously known as the Coastal Route, La Via della Scalatore has all of the highlights that Eroica California is known for. Scalatore is Italian for climber and this route takes in all the major strade bianche ascents featured in the Heroic ride without the all the distance. Riders will have a nice warm up as they head south to the seaside village of Cayucos.  After a brief stop, the strade bianche of Santa Rita Creek road awaits. Following the 10km climb and technical descent, riders will pass through the town of Templeton, in the heart of the Central Coast’s wine country, before encountering the infamous Kiler Canyon. This steep, narrow section of gravel road has forced even the most seasoned riders to succumb to walking. A well-deserved rest at Halter Ranch Vineyards can’t arrive soon enough. Don’t get too comfortable as the final obstacle of Cypress Mountain road is just around the corner. After conquering the steep, twisty climb, enjoy the 2000’ white-knuckle descent back to Cambria where riders can finally relax and enjoy the Eroica Festival, fine refreshments and coastal sunset. 

Approximately 82 miles – 6400’ of climbing



Second edition of Nova Eroica in Italy



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