Cyclist’s retro ride in Tuscany

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A CYCLING fan will be pedalling back in time to take part in a retro race on the continient.

Simon Bowens, an environmental health officer at Boston Borough Council, will be getting on his bike for L’Eroica – a cycling challenge which harks back to the days before technology got into cycling by insisting participants source a true racing bike built before 1987 and wear clothes in-keeping with the old-school theme.

The 55-year-old, who has not ridden a bike seriously for many years, will be joined on the ride by friend Paul Miller.

L’Eroica, which takes place in Tuscany, translates in English as ‘the heroic’. Competitors tackle distances along the route ranging from 38km to 205km. Simon and Paul are considering taking on the 135km challenge to raise money for charitable causes.

Simon said: “My bike is a Motobecane Grand Record, made in 1980, and, in its day, was a top-specification bike. It has 14 gears and is such a top-quality machine, and so superbly reconditioned, that I completed my first training ride of more than 60 miles without any aches or pains. I wasn’t even saddle sore. And that’s after having not really ridden a bike seriously for about 30 years. It’s a wonderful machine.”

To sponsor Simon call him on 07852 929881 or email