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Terms and Regulation NOVA Eroica 2020


NOVA Eroica will take place on Saturday 17 July 2021 in Buonconvento, Siena, Italy.

NOVA Eroica is an international amateur cycling event that takes place mainly on white gravel roads. In the current rules & regulations, NOVA Eroica will be referred to as Event or Race.

The event offers two routes combining special timed sections with relaxed pace transfer sections, as well as a leisure ride. NOVA Eroica will host the ACSI Gravel National Championships, as described in Art. 13.


Nova Eroica is a cycling race for ROAD RACING, CYCLOCROSS and GRAVEL BICYCLES with carbon, steel, titanium or aluminium frames. Road-racing bicycles must be drop bar. Gravel bikes, to be considered such, must have 28 mm tyres minimum and disk brakes on front and back wheels.

2.1 Definition of Gravel bicycle

The gravel bike frame derives from the frame of a cyclo-cross bicycle and is amply defined by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI). The following are the differences between a cyclo-cross and a gravel bike:

• Bottom bracket shell height 275/280 mm

• Head tube 1.5-3 cm higher than usual

• Head tube angle over 70°

• Rear stays and front fork clearance wide enough to accommodate up to 40 mm tyres at least

• 140/160mm disc brakes

• Internal cable routing

• Steel/carbon/alluminium frames are acceptable

• Groupset 1x or 2x (such as Ekar Campagnolo or GRX Shimano or Force Sram)

• Curved handlebars


NOVA Eroica Buonconvento offers three different routes:

• Long “Terra di Siena”: 130 km: competitive, a medical certificate for competitive cycling is necessary;

• Medium “Crete Senesi”: 85 km: competitive, a medical certificate for competitive cycling is necessary;

• Short “Val D’Arbia”: 60 km: leisure, a medical certificate for non-competitive cycling is sufficient.

The competitive races are divided between relaxed-pace and timed segments. The leisure event is at one’s own pace, as describe in Art. 10.

The ITALIAN Gravel Championships will be held on the long route only.

Each participant may choose the route that is most suited to him/her and the choice must be indicated when registering. However, it is possible to change the route chosen, without any penalty, up until the start of the event, as long as changes are between routes that require the same type of medical certificate: i.e. it is possible to change between the Long “Terra di Siena” and Medium “Crete Senesi” routes (medical certificate for the practice of competitive cycling).

This possibility may be curtailed or limited by the Organization for technical and/or safety reasons.

Routes will be signposted but each rider is expected to use the "Eroica map". The maps and GPS routes may be consulted and downloaded from the Routes page of the website.

The Organization will guarantee the presence of a vehicle at the start and finish that will follow the race.

Starting times are as follows:

• Long “Terra di Siena“ 130 km 08:00

• Medium “Crete Senesi” 85 km 08.00

• Short “Val D’Arbia” 60 km 08.00


Riders will be divided into 4 starting grids:

• GROUP “A” Ciclo Club Eroica, guests

• GROUP “B” NOVA Eroica Italy TOUR

• GROUP “C” Individual gravel bicycles

• GROUP “D” Individual road bicycles


NOVA Eroica is open to anybody of either sex who is over 16 years of age.

Both teams and individuals may participate but the NOVA Eroica philosophy privileges team spirit.

In accordance with Italian law, all cyclists must be members of a sport’s club that is recognised by CONI (Italian National Olympics Committee).

Italian Cyclists with club membership

Italian cyclists with private cycling club membership must have membership both at the time of registering and on the day of the Event. Membership of the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) and of the four bodies affiliated with the FCI (ACSI, UISP, CSAIN, CSI) is valid. FCI affiliated Bike Cards will be accepted but free ACSI membership will be activated for these participants for the day of the Event.

Italian Cyclists without club membership

Italian cyclists who are not members of a private sport’s club may register by paying €10 for “ACSI membership” which includes daily insurance cover for the events organised in Italy by Eroica Italia S.S.D. a r.l. (for the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI), foreigners, who are members of a sport’s club, must be authorized by their own Federation or they must activate the daily ACSI membership, by presenting a medical certificate in compliance with Italian law).

Foreign cyclists

All FOREIGN cyclists may register by paying €10 for “ACSI membership” which includes daily insurance cover for the events organized in Italy by Eroica Italia S.S.D. a r.l.

The ACSI membership card includes a daily insurance policy and can be downloaded from the ACSI website at the following link

The Organisation reserves the incontestable right to accept or refuse registration or to exclude an entrant from the event, should his/her participation damage the image of the event.

Professional, Elite (men and women) and U23 cyclists may participate upon invitation by the organizers but they will not be included in the ranking.

Minors, aged 16 and 17, as well as providing a medical certificate and club membership, may participate only if authorized by a parent or legal guardian. The authorization form can be found at the following link.

Those who are over 64 (sixty-four), who still have a medical certificate to practice competitive cycling, may only participate in the 60 and 85 km routes.


All participants, including those who are members of a sport’s club (as per Art. 5) are OBLIGED to present to the organisers one of the following types of MEDICAL CERTIFICATE that is valid for the route chosen:

• MEDICAL CERTIFICATE for COMPETITIVE CYCLING for those participating on the LONG and MEDIUM routes;

• MEDICAL CERTIFICATE for NON-COMPETITIVE CYCLING for those participating in the LEISURE event.

N.B. The medical certificate must be uploaded to the “MyEroica” platform, in the “My documents” section, 30 days before the event. The certificate will be checked and validated online within 15 days of being uploaded. If the medical certificate is not compliant, it will be refused and cancelled and the entrant will have to upload a new compliant one.

The medical certificate must be specifically for CYCLING. Certificates issued for other disciplines, such as triathlons, athletics, etc will not be accepted. If these conditions are not met, the cyclist will not be considered registered and will not be entitled to a refund.

Each participant must declare, in accordance with D.P.R. n. 445 of 28 December 2000, that the documents uploaded to the MyEroica system correspond to the originals in his/her possession.

Italian cyclists who have membership of FCI, ACSI, UISP, CSAIN, CSI or have a Bike Card are also obliged to upload the medical certificate onto the MyEroica platform.


It is possible to register directly on the MyEroica platform:

Each participant must register using his/her own email address and choosing a password. The email address will become your user ID, therefore the same email address cannot be used by two or more people.

Only individual registrations are possible. Sport’s groups wishing to register a team using a single MyEroica account must contact the Organisers.

Registration will open at 9:00 am on 16 February 2021 (CET, Rome) with the following fees and closing dates for single registrations (i.e. registration for the NOVA Eroica Event only):

• CICLO CLUB EROICA members may register at €35.00 (up to 30 days before the event);

• FAST registration, open to all at €50.00 (from 16 February to 16 June 2021);

• STANDARD registration, open to all at €60.00 (from 17 June to 15 July 2021);

• LAST MINUTE registration, open to all at €70.00 (on 16 and 17 July 2021, in person at the registration desk);

• COMBINED “A” (NOVA Eroica + L’Eroica) open to all from 16 February 2021 at €105.00, limited to 200 places;

• COMBINED "TRIPLE" (Eroica Montalcino + NOVA Eroica + L’Eroica Gaiole) open to all from 9 December 2020 at €150.00, limited to 200 places.

The registration fee, irrespective of the established fee, includes:

• RACE PACK with event gifts and souvenirs;

• RACE NUMBER to be attached to your jersey and bicycle;

• EROICA MAP with details of the routes and food stops;

• FOOD STOPS in varying numbers according to the length of the route chosen;

• PRIZE at the finish line;

• PASTA PARTY at the end of the event;

• SHOWERS at the finish line.


RACE PACKS, ENVELOPES and NUMBERS will be distributed at the established points at the following times:

• Friday 16 July 2021, from 14:00 to 21:00;

• Saturday 17 July 2021, from 06:00 to 08:00.

In order to pick up your RACE PACK and NUMBER, it is mandatory to present:

• A printout of your “MY EROICA” page, showing your completed registration;

• A valid form of I.D.

• Membership card for a competitive sport’s club, according to Art. 5 of the current regulations.

Non-club members who have opted to purchase the ACSI membership at a cost of €10 when registering are not obliged to present a membership card.

Collection of the “RACE PACK and NUMBER” may be delegated to a friend or a person acting on your behalf on presentation of the above documentation, as well as the proxy document and a valid form of I.D. of the delegated party.


It is possible to request the substitution of a participant up to 21 days before the event, if registration is finalized with forms compiled and the registration fee paid in full. In order to complete the substitution, the new participant must register on “MY EROICA” and upload the requested documents (valid medical certificate and sport’s club membership). An administration fee of €15.00 will be charged for this service.  

If a registered cyclist is unable to participate in the event, the registration fee will not be reimbursed and the race pack will not be sent. 

Up to 21 days before the event, the registered cyclist will have the right to cancel his/her participation by sending an email to [email protected]. The Organisation reserves the right to judge whether the requests received are prompted by an “objective impossibility to participate due to injury”, as documented by medical records, which will be handled in compliance with current privacy laws.

For cases accepted by the Organisation, the registration fee will be considered valid for the same event on the following year, upon payment of an administration fee of €15.

Any registration 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.


Timetables for all routes will be published online and made official at least 7 days before the event.

At the start and finish of each special TIME trial, the times of each athlete will be recorded by CHIP. Those who miss even a single special TIME trial will not be included in the final ranking. Referring to the UCI and FCI regulations, paragraphs 1.3.010 and 12.1.013b regarding technological fraud, the race jury, with the technical support of the organisers, is authorized to carry out systematic or spot checks.

Non-conformity or refusal to submit oneself to the technical checks requested, will lead to immediate disqualification and offenders will be reported to the competent authorities.

The time trials will be carried out by ………….. according to procedures that will be communicated before the Event.


A team may be defined as such if composed of at least 4 cyclists who are members of the same sport’s club. Teams may be composed of men only, women only or may be mixed.

Teams with most cyclists finishing their respective routes within the time limit indicated on the timetable (Art. 10) will be awarded prizes. In the case of the same number of cyclists finishing, the sum of the best times will be considered.

Team ranking:

1st Team NOVA Eroica TUSCANY

2nd Team NOVA Eroica TUSCANY

3rd Team NOVA Eroica TUSCANY

In the case of a draw between two or more teams, the overall ranking of the individual participants will be considered.

The prize-giving ceremony will take place at the end of the Race, as per the programme of the event, which will be available on the website The ranking will also be published on


The ranking will be decided based on the sum of individual times on the timed sections.

Medium “Crete Senesi” and Long “Terra di Siena” routes:

1st overall NOVA Eroica Tuscany 2021

2nd overall NOVA Eroica Tuscany 2021

3rd overall NOVA Eroica Tuscany 2021


1st Women NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

2nd Women NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

3rd Women NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021


1st Disabled rider NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

2nd Disabled rider NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

3rd Disabled rider NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021


1st by category NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

2nd by category NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

3rd by category NOVA Eroica TUSCANY 2021

Categories recognized by A.C.S.I

• Elite sport: 19/29 years

• Master 1: 30/39 years

• Master 2: 40/49 years

• Master 3: 50/64 years

• Master 4: over 64 years, medium route only

The official prize-giving ceremony will take place at the end of the race.

Uncollected prizes will not be presented to third parties nor will they be sent to the home of the winners.

The Organisation reserves the right to modify the categories according to any new indications or needs.

All participants who finish NOVA Eroica will receive a celebratory medal of the event at the finish line.


Participation in the National Gravel Championships will be defined directly in the regulations published by ACSI.


At the end of the Medium and Long routes, the ranking of the special timed sections for individuals and teams will be calculated and published.


Medical assistance includes the presence of ambulances with doctors and paramedics.


Any type of assistance by private vehicles following the race is strictly forbidden. The Organisation guarantees mechanical assistance at each food stop. The Organisation will provide mechanical assistance during the race but cannot guarantee complete cover for all athletes; it is therefore recommended that you carry a repair kit for punctures and breakdowns.


Any complaints must be sent exclusively by email to the Organisation at [email protected] within 10 days of publication of the list of finishers.

For information in Italian:

Franco Rossi +39 335.7410551

For information in English:

Francesca Bianchi + 39 335.1251812


If, for reasons of force majeure, the event does not take place, the amount paid will not be reimbursed but the registration fee will be considered valid for the following edition.  The Organisation will charge an administration fee of €15.00 to postpone registration to the following year. The request to postpone registration to the following year must reach the organisers, together with payment of the administration fee, by the date indicated upon cancellation of the event.

Furthermore, should the organisation of the event or participation of over half of those registered be put at risk due to force majeure or other serious causes, the Organisation reserves the right to move the place and/or date of the event within the same calendar year. In this case, the registration fee will be considered valid for the event on the new date, with no additional costs. It will, however, not be possible to move your registration to the following year.


The Organisation reserves the right to make changes to the regulations at any time. The official website of the event, where these rules & regulations are published, is the only source of information regarding the event.


Cyclists are obliged to fix the race number provided by the Organisation to the back of the saddle and to their jerseys in a visible way. These numbers may not be modified or altered in any way.

It is obligatory to use an approved rigid helmet and keep it fastened for the duration of the race. Riders are obliged to respect the rules of the road during the entire event including during the timed sections.


Disqualification lasting 2 years will apply in the following cases:

• Unauthorised deviations from the route;

• Abusive or offensive behaviour towards members of the organisation;

• Lack of respect for the environment, such as littering in non-designated areas, outside food stops and checkpoints.

We appeal to the civic duty of all participants to keep the routes and locality clean and litter-free.

In serious cases, such as participating with another rider’s RACE NUMBER and unauthorised transfer of one’s registration, disqualification may be for life, subject to the incontestable judgement of the organisers.

If any rider is disqualified during the course of the year, this may lead to exclusion from the starting list at any moment and at the Organisation’s incontestable judgement.

The use of bicycles equipped with any kind of motor or mechanical assistance, is strictly forbidden, at risk of disqualification or exclusion.


For any issues that are not covered by the current regulations, the organisers will apply the current ACSI rules for amateur and cycling events.


When requesting to participate in NOVA Eroica by any of the methods provided for by the current regulations, each participant, from the moment of registration:

• declares that he/she has read and accepted the current Regulations in every part;

• guarantees his/her own behaviour during and after the event;

• declares that he/she is in good physical health and that he/she has provided the organization with a valid medical certificate, having undergone a medical examination for the practice of competitive or leisure cycling (as per Art. 6), thus giving the Organisation the utmost leverage in the event of any damages resulting from his/her participation in the event;

• expresses consent to the use of his/her personal information, including for commercial use, as provided for under Italian privacy law no. 196 dated 30/06/2003 and European Union Regulation 2017/679 (GDPR/18);

• gives the organisers the most ample consent to use, according to the law, including for profit, any video or photographic images taken during the days of the event, giving the Organisation the right to transfer such images to third parties. Said authorisation, regarding the use of one’s own image, is to be considered permanent and without any territorial limits anywhere in the world. Images may be used in various publications and filmed material, including but not limited to promotional and/or advertising material produced on any medium. The Organisation may, furthermore, transfer to third parties and to its own institutional and commercial partners, the usage rights covered by this agreement.

The Organisation declines any responsibility, either direct or on the part of its collaborators, for any accident or damage to people or property, that may arise before, during and after the event or as a result of the same.

Moreover, with the dispatch of the online registration form, participants self-certify the non-existence of present or past sporting, civil and/or penal sentences, even if already served, related to doping issues and declare that they have never taken – and will never take – substances included in the antidoping list of the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) – False certifications are punishable by law.

Should a participant be found positive in an antidoping check during NOVA Eroica, or if positivity is proven during other events within six (6) months of the event, the participant will owe the sum of €50,000.00 (fifty thousand Euro/00) to the NOVA Eroica Organisation, in damages to the image of the event.

Any amounts received by the Organisation, arising from such damages, will be donated entirely to youth cycling activities.


The organiser of NOVA Eroica, above referred to as “Organisation”, is:


Via G. Matteotti 13

53024 Montalcino, Siena, Italy

P.IVA 01433070529

The “L’Eroica” brand and all its variations, including “NOVA Eroica”, is owned by:


Via Casabianca 25

53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

P.IVA 01357870524

Both of the above-mentioned companies are authorised by all participants to process and register their personal information. The personal information of all participants will be processed and registered according to the terms of Italian privacy law no. 196 dated 30/06/2003 and European Union Regulation 2017/679 (GDPR/18).