As L'Eroica 2013 looms upon us we have picked up the frames and started on a rebuild. Its a Holdsworth and Claud Butler that are destined for the Tuscany hills this autumn. We had been hoping for a good month of training on these beauties but nothing runs smoothly in the world of vintage lightweights and craftsmanship has no time-scale.
Our boys are flat out polishing up wheels, pedals, stems and quills, anything that needs to shine is getting the treatment.
Accommodation is booked. Cheap and cheerful in a nearby farmhouse. Eurotunnel booked and the long trip ahead awaits. Bringing back memories of this summers earlier dash through France to Corsica with the 'magnificent seven' of that little adventure.
So off to the hills we shall go. Hoping for autumn sunshine on our backs. Looking forward to those meats, cheeses and vino on the refuel stops. Note to self don't drink the vino too early! We will be starting about 5.30a.m.