The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Article 1 – Date and Place

Eroica is a non-competitive cycling event (from now on also defined as ride or, improperly, race) taking place in Haro, La Rioja, Spain on Sunday, 4th June 2023. The ride is inspired by historical cycling and the routes include long segments of gravel roads. Cyclists must ride Historical Bikes (also named Bici Eroiche) or Vintage-Looking Bikes, as described in Article 6 and in the INSPIRATION section at

Article 2 – Routes and Start

Eroica offers four different routes: 184 km, 122 km, 74 km, and the leisure of 25 km.

Each participant has the opportunity to choose the route that best suits his or her fitness level. The choice of the route must be indicated during the registration process. It is however still possible for participants to change their original choice of the route until the start of the event, without incurring any penalty.

Participants aged between 15 and 18 years will only be allowed to participate in the 74 km or 122 km routes.

Routes will be signposted with arrows; nevertheless, participants must familiarize themselves with the Road Book. The maps and GPS tracks can be downloaded from

-For the 184 km and the 122 km the start can be at any time between 06.30 am and 07.30 am.

-For the 74 km route, between 8:00 am and 09.00 am.

-For Leisure the start it will be at 10:00 am.

For those starting before 07.00 am, it is mandatory to have front and rear lights on the bicycle and it is mandatory a ring bell on the bike according to the Spanish Highway Code (Direccion General de Trafico).

Article 3 – Participation.

Eroica is open to all people who are at least 15 years old of both sexes and accompanied by an adult. Only those over 18 years old will can ride the LONG ROUTE.


Artículo 4 Registration remains open until May 29, 2023.

Due to the cancellation of Eroica Hispania 2023, all registrations already made for this edition are automatically transferred to the 2023 edition, unless the participant indicates to the organization that he/she wishes to cancel his/her registration.

The participation cost for the SHORT, MEDIUM, and LONG routes are the followings: 

• EARLY BIRD until January 31, 2023: 53€

• First registration period: from February 1 to May 14, 2023. 68€

• Second registration period: from May 15 to May 29, 2023, 85€

• Ciclo Club Eroica Members: 53€ (no period restriction but before May 29th, 2023)

• Paseo Eroica: 43€ (No period restriction but before May 29th, 2023)

• Eroica bike rental: 85€ (Availability limited to a total of 60 units and according to sizes, please contact us at [email protected])

ATTENTION: one day insurance is mandatory if you are not registered under the Real Federacion de Ciclismo Española. The cost is € 15. Please note: All foreign participants who are not members of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation can participate in Eroica Hispania. In order to do so, however, they must purchase insurance for the day. This insurance costs €15 and it will be added to the registration fee.

Article 5 – Helmet

Eroica Hispania is affiliated with RFEC (real Federacion Española de Ciclismo).

The rules for leisure cycling events apply, according to the regulations for such vintage cycling events, for those participating with vintage bikes and clothing, it is necessary to wear a modern hard helmet. The organization and insurance of the organization are exempted from any liability in case of not respect of this article.

Article 6 – Respect of the Spanish Highway Code (Codigo de Trafico y Seguridad Vial)

Eroica is a NON-COMPETITIVE LEISURE RIDE on asphalt and gravel roads open to traffic. Cars and other motor vehicles can drive on the route, therefore all cyclists must respect the rules of the Italian Highway Code (Codigo de Trafico y Seguridad Vial). All cyclists must bring along a puncture repair kit and other essential tools for small repairs.


Eroica is an event for road racing bikes, dedicated to cyclists wearing vintage or historically inspired gear, on ‘HEROIC BIKES’ (BICI EROICHE) or newly constructed VINTAGE-STYLE BIKES.

   7.1 – BICYCLES

At Eroica, only vintage road racing bikes or so-called BICI EROICHE may participate, as defined in paragraph 7.1.a, or historically inspired bikes, i.e. vintage-style bikes even if recently constructed, as explained in paragraph 7.1.b below. No other bikes will be accepted except for those mentioned in paragraph 7.1.c.

   7.1.a – BICI EROICHE or Proper Vintage Bikes

BICI EROICHE is all road racing bikes built up to and including 1987 both with or without gears, such as those built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These bicycles most likely have a steel frame, but other types of rare frames are also permitted, such as the aluminum frames built by Alan and Vitus with screwed or glued joints and the Exxon Graftek frames of the late 1970s with carbon tubes glued to aluminum lugs.

Regarding components, bicycles should adhere to the following general guidelines:

    A. more recent bikes with gears and derailleurs, such as Simplex, Huret, Campagnolo, Zeus, Shimano, Suntour, etc. must have shift levers on the down tube of the frame; exceptions include pre-1980 non-indexed bar-end gear shifters and rod/hand manual operated front derailleurs;

    B. pedals should be with toe clips and straps or original pedals for older bikes; quick-release, clip-less pedals are not allowed;

    C. the brake cables must pass outside and over the handlebars (cables can pass inside the frame);

    D. older geared bicycles must have original shifters such as Cambio Corsa, Cambio Paris Roubaix, Cambio Vittoria Margherita, etc.;

    E. wheels must have at least 32 spokes laced to a low profile rim (20 mm depth or less, except for wooden rims); the rims must be of either steel, aluminum or wood;

    F. both tubular tires and clinchers with inner tubes are allowed;

    G. we invite participants to fit saddles from the same period as the bicycles, so a model of 1987 or earlier; alternatively we suggest fitting a vintage model of modern production;

    H. the change of the gear ratios is allowed due to the difficulty of the ride.

    I. there are no particular rules on the type of brakes as long as they are in line with the construction period of the bicycle and are efficient for safety reasons.

    J. Obviously, early 20th-century bicycles with single-gear or flip-flop rear hubs don’t need to comply with the above criteria as long as they have their original components.


Vintage-style, steel-framed bikes of new or recent construction with a vintage look and characteristics may be used only if they are road racing bikes assembled using vintage components or replicated parts similar to the original, as described above.

In particular, if the bikes are inspired by the design of road racing bicycles of the 1970s and 1980s, they must comply with three fundamental rules (a,b,c) regarding shift levers, toe clips and straps, and brake cables.


On request, exemptions regarding the type of bicycle will be granted to participants with disabilities.

For the PASEO EROICO (approx 20 km) route, other types of vintage bicycles will be admitted, such as postman’s bikes, general working bicycles, leisure bicycles, etc.

Mountain bikes are excluded from all routes.

Any registered cyclist who arrives at the start line or is found on the course with a bicycle that does not conform to the rules and regulations of the event will be disqualified immediately.

   7.2 – CLOTHING

Participants are strongly encouraged to wear vintage or vintage-style cycling gear, such as wool jerseys and shorts, and to avoid wearing modern technical gear in a visible way. Management reserves the right to disqualify any participant whose clothing is considered unsuitable or inappropriate for the event.


With regard to the vintage spirit of the event, participants are invited to carefully select all their accessories, from shoes to caps and water bottles, etc. The only modern cycling accessory allowed is a safety cycling helmet, which we invite everybody to use.

Article 8 - Registration Fee and Insurance Policy

Participation in the event is granted only to those who have paid the registration fee.

Cyclists not registered for Eroica Hispania will not be permitted to participate on the day of the event, as they have not paid the registration fee. In case of an accident, they will be held responsible for any damage caused.

Registrations will not be accepted from participants who have been disqualified from their respective cycling federations or clubs due to the use of drugs or for any other reason.

Participation in Eroica Hispania is by invitation and the organizers can decide whether or not to accept the registration of any cyclist at any time, at their own discretion, and without any obligation to provide reasons for their decision.

The registration fee, regardless of the paid amount, includes:

-the “RACE PACK” with the following items

-RACE NUMBER for the jersey and for the bicycle;

-ROAD BOOK to be stamped at official checkpoints;

-event gifts and souvenirs

-a number of refreshment stops depending on the chosen route;

-lunch at the end of the event;

-showers are available at the public swimming pool area.

All foreign participants who are not members of a Spanish Cycling Federation may participate in Eroica Hispania only if they get the insurance by making a special request at the time of registration. The insurance for the day provided by the organizers costs € 15.00 per person to be added to the registration fee.

Article 9 – Payment Methods

We will accept payments via bank transfer, Visar or with Credit Card. All the details are showed on our web site:

All bank expenses must be paid by the sender.

Cheques or other forms of payment will not be accepted.

Article 10 – Confirmation of Registration

Registration will be considered complete only when the registration fee has been paid in full, the information requested above has been provided. In case the payment has not been made within the deadline, the registration will not be confirmed and the RACE NUMBER will be sold to someone else. Beware that the payment will not be reimbursed.

The updated list of participants will be published monthly on the website

Article 11 - Cancellations

Cyclists enrolled in the 2023 Eroica Hispania event who are forfeiting their participation will not be allowed to transfer their registration or transfer for the following edition of the event.

No refund will be issued. 


1) Sudden illness/Medical emergencies: You must submit a note from your physician to be considered for a refund.

Please contact us at info at Eroica Hispania dot com for more information.

Medical files will be treated in accordance with the valid privacy laws. Once the reasons for cancellation, and related documents, have been verified, the Organization will consider the registration valid for the same event the following year, as long as the €15,00 administration fee is paid, at least one week before registration for the following year’s event opens.

The registration will only be considered valid for the following year, is strictly personal and cannot be transferred to a third party. Should the cyclist fail to participate again, the registration fee will be forfeited. Under no circumstances will the registration fee be refunded nor will the race pack be sent.

Article 12 – Collection of Race Packs and Race Numbers

Race Packs and Race Numbers Will be distributed in Haro on:

- Friday, June 2, 2023: from 5 PM to 8:30 pm

- Saturday, June 3, 2023: from 10 am to 2.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 8 pm

To collect your RACE NUMBER, you must present a valid identity document. The Race Pack will be handed to the registered participant. Other persons may collect the Race Pack on behalf of the registered participant only if the right documents are showed up.

Article 13 – Latest Time, Closure of Routes & Assistance

The latest times to complete the routes are fixed at:

-until 8:00 pm for 184 route;

-until 7.00 pm for 122 and 74 km routes.

Medical assistance is not provided along the routes, except in the case of medical emergencies.

There is no official mechanical assistance. Moreover private vehicles cannot follow the riders nor provide assistance along the route, unless they have been authorized by the organizers of the event.


- SAN VICENTE DE LA SONSIERRA: cutting at 11:00
- LAGUARDIA: cutting at 10:30
- LABRAZA: cutting at 12:00
- NAVARRETE: cutting at 14:00
- NAJERA: cutting at 15:00
- SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA: cutting at 17:00
- SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA: cutting at 18:30

Article 14 – Stamps at CheckPoints

The only evidence that the route has been completed is by obtaining all the relevant stamps attributed to the route in your Road Book via the various checkpoints. This is the only evidence that the route has been completed. Your Road Book will be stamped at the starting line, at various checkpoints throughout the day, and again at the finish line.

Article 15 – Prizes

Participants who complete Eroica Hispania (only long route) will receive a small gift based on the route they have completed. To receive the gift take your bike and fully stamped Road Book to the designated area at the finish line.

Article 18 – Complaints

In the event of a complaint please send an email the organization at [email protected] within ten days of publication of the list of participants who completed Eroica.

Article 20 – Cancellation of the event

If the event should not take place for reasons of force majeure, the amount paid to the organization will not be refunded.

Article 21 – Variations

The organization reserves the right to make changes to the regulations at any time. The website is the only official source of information regarding the event. Therefore all official communications will be available only through this website.

Article 22 – Disqualification

Disqualification for 2 years will apply in the following cases:

-participants wearing the RACE NUMBER of another participant;

-participants found on unauthorized detours or shortcuts;

-participants behaving inappropriately to judges or employees of the organization;

-participants throwing rubbish outside of the allocated areas at refreshment stops.

In severe cases, at the discretion of the organization, a lifetime ban can be enforced.

We appeal to everybody’s sense of civic duty to keep the territory clean.

Article 23 – Approval, Consent, Authorization, Etc.

To participate in Eroica Hispania each participant:

-acknowledges to have read and approved the rules and accepts this Regulation in all of its parts;

-guarantees a correct and civil behaviour during and after the event;

-declares to be in good physical condition and to have undergone a medical examination for this leisure cycling event or general bike racing, providing the organization with the broadest indemnity for any personal injury or damage that may be incurred as a result of the participation in the event;

-consents to the use of his/her data, even for commercial purposes, as set out in the provisions of the Spanisg Privacy law grants the organizers consent to use, as permitted by law, including for profit, of all video footage, photographs, etc. taken during the event; from the moment of the registration provides the organization with the right to supply such images to third parties;

-expressly authorizes the organization, without charge, to use fixed and/or moving images, portraying his/her own person, taken throughout the duration of the event. This authorization is to be considered indefinite and without territorial limits around the world, for use in various publications and films, including, by way of example and without limitation, promotional and/or advertising material of any type. The organization may also concede to third parties and their institutional and commercial partners the rights of use specified herein.

The organization and its partners accept no responsibility for accidents or damage to persons or property, which may occur before, during or after the event or as a result thereof. The organization reserves the right to exclude from the event any cyclists who are guilty of misconduct before, during and after the event.

Article 24 – Cancelation of the Event

In the event of cancelation of the 2022 Eroica Hispania event due to severe weather conditions, acts of God, war, terrorism, disaster, earthquake, government regulation, and/or for economic/financial reasons or other or uncontrollable circumstances; the registration fee shall be applied to the 2023 Eroica Hispania event, only, and shall be non-refundable and non-transferable.


Eroica Hispania has organized by


C/ Las Cuestas, 15

26338 San Vicente de la Sonsierra

La Rioja – España

E-mail: [email protected]