‘NZ version of L’Eroica’ set to run

Vintage fun . . . Eroica Zealandia co-organisers Peter Brookland (left), with his 1937 BSA bike, and Jeremy Moyle, with his 1984 Trek 520, are set for the inaugural vintage bike ride in Central Otago on Saturday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Three Dunedin men are launching a vintage bike ride in the Maniototo on Saturday.

Eroica Zealandia co-organisers Peter Brookland, of Outram, said he and Jeremy Moyle, of Maryhill, and Peter Petchey, of Port Chalmers, were set to hold a “New Zealand version of L’Eroica” non-competitive cycling event which had taken place in the Italian province of Siena since 1997.

Participants must ride a steel-framed bike built before 1987 which has gear-shifters on the handlebars rather than on the frame, he said.

He would ride the bike he inherited BSA.

“It’s all about having a bit of fun on old bikes.”

Riders were meeting at Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Oturehua.

Entrants could choose between two events 25km “leisurely” return ride to Wedderburn or a 52km “would-be” race towards Ranfurly.

Registrations open at 10am and both rides leave about 11am and finish at the Oturehua Railway Hotel.

Mr Moyle said the event was “a celebration of historic cycling”.

He would also ride a bike he inherited Trek 520.

Feedback on the “unofficial” event would decide if it would return next year.