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A view along the 65k training ride from Thursday.

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If you plan to ride L’Eroica, this is part of the training.

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The Moseman took its last ride stateside for a few weeks. Next stop: Lecchi in Chianti.

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Following yesterday’s soggy 80K across the east and west hills, I figured that a gentle hosing of the bike would be adequate to clean it before lubricating the chain and riding again. Not so. Unfortunately, my old habits kicked in and it wasn’t long before the drive-side crank arm and chain rings were off and the derailleur pulleys were out.

I removed pounds of built up gunk, which I will soon replace with brand new gunk. I had another small maintenance job, too. I replaced the brake pads with what I hope are the last replacements.

Credit and thanks go to Velomine for having the pads, though, as with all Campy parts, they don’t come cheap.

I shot a few pictures of the components because I know that’s what folks love to see.

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The forecast called for showers, perhaps in the afternoon. The weather was not listening to the weatherman. The showers started early and did not relent, except for the few short kilometers of our opening climbs. Not so in Gaiole in Chianti.

The next few days in Gaiole in Chianti (c)foreca.com

I was joined by son-in-law Phillip, with whom I can easily geek-out on bicycle related topics, work, some sports and the delicious meals we had the night before or the ones we anticipate this evening. Sometimes, those happen together, but usually not. The great thing about riding with Phillip derives from his love of the sport and his attention to the details. It helps that he and I are closely matched, at least this year. He’s usually far faster and can stay in the saddle longer, but I’ve had a good bit of time on the Brooks Pro this year, so were about equal.

This was one of those days that cries out for rolling over and “fluffing the pillow” instead of crawling out, pulling on the kit and hitting the wet roads. My solace was looking at the weather in Gaiole in Chianti where it was expected to be in the mid-80’s and sunny. Can it last until we arrive? Will it last through L’Eroica? No way to know, but it’s fair to say that I have now ridden the gravel and the roads of my familiar training rides in the rain. If I must be covered in moist, limestone paste, I am ready.

The following is a little inspiration, mostly for me, but this is a well-done documentary which I’ve posted previously.

L’EROICA (english version) from Edouard Sepulchre on Vimeo.

L’Eroica is an old-style bike race without any fuss, crossing Chianti’s landscape and its famous white roads. I went there, done some interviews, did the race and there it is.

Photos : http://www.edouardsepulchre.com

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When my friend, Bob Huff, described his experience riding the strade bianchi while we rode a short training ride at the Oregon Coast, his enthusiasm inspired me. Several months later, he called to see if I’d like to model my bike and L’Eroica kit in a photo shoot. That was an easy answer.

The view from the back. (c) Bob Huff Photo

It was a great pleasure pulling on the kit and have Bob shoot scores of images. I’ve done this on a few occasions and one of the enjoyable elements of this shoot was the use of film. Yes, film. Remember that? You know, the stuff you put in those old cameras and send to a chemistry lab where pictures are returned to you a few days or hours later. Of course, there were the digital shots, too, and the sample here is a window to what went on that day. For Bob’s selections of images, visit the L’Eroica Reber Gallery.

Like a good, vintage bike, it’s great to see the solid, still relevant Hasselblads and Leicas come out. In fact, I’ll be taking a good old Leica “shooter” with me to L’Eroica, though I have no intention to drag it along on the ride.

For those who know Bob, you know of his amateur bike racing chops and his estimable photographic skills. After all, he’s shot some of the best in sport and his fine art work is great, too. Take a bit of time to visit his site and don’t miss his blog, either. Bob Huff Photo.

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If you have spent any time reading about L’Eroica, you know that food and wine are a big part of the ride. In fact, the ride traverses scores of vineyards where the strade bianchi are essential to wine commerce. And, olive oil commerce, too.

I had a Twitter follower ask me if I was ready for the ride and by ready, he meant was I prepared for the riding and the eating along the way. I laughed it off, but I think he might be serious. In fact, how will you find enough daylight to ride 205K and consume all of the excellent food that is provided along the way? I will soon find out.

The menu for Sunday lunch

To help me train for that, my sponsor, KitchenCru is hosting a Sunday lunch, or Il Grande Pranzo della Domenica, that reflects the owner’s memories of his youth when the big family meal was served mid-afternoon on Sunday. Having read the menu below, I think this Sunday should be good for training.

The wines that Michael and Dan at CorksCru have selected are equally interesting and another form of training that is far more enjoyable than grinding up 5% grades on gravel.

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