Following on just a week after Thunderbolt Roubaix, on April 18th we bring you another unmissable event in the Armidale Cycling Club Monuments series, the inaugural Dangarsleigh Eroica. Whereas the Thunderbolt is a social Sunday ride, albeit of monumental proportions, the Eroica is a true race – a 35 kilometre handicap run on our regular Saturday afternoon slot with the added dimension of 5 sectors of gravel totaling 11.6km.
Swanny has once again done the groundwork having already ridden and mapped out the course below in detail. The profile shows the gravel sectors with obvious highlights including the heavily corrugated uphill Forest D’Angersleigh and the tortuous ascent of Knobs Road at the end of the race before riders hit the tarmac once again for the final run-in to the Kingdom Hall.
There is also a detailed route sheet that you can download here which identifies all the sectors and includes Swanny’s secret racing line hints and tips. Wilf will be running the race and has threatened to modify handicaps if secret training is undertaken beforehand. For those in the know, the Thunderbolt Roubaix course includes a couple of sections of the Eroica so it would make excellent pre-race preparation…
Note this race will take place whatever the weather conditions given that a bit of rain will only serve to make things more interesting.