On this trip, we went to La Canavesana d’Epoca, a vintage cycling event held in the Canavese area of Piemonte from which I’m proudly originally from. The route starts and ends in the beautiful town of Albiano d’Ivrea, which hosts this colourful event.
With a succession of surfaced and unsurfaced country roads, also know as “strade bianche”, La Canavesana d’Epoca takes you to explore and discover some of the beautiful characteristics of the Canavese area situated North of Turin. It’s stunning landscape made up of colourful country fields, sweeping vineyards, historical castles and beautiful lakes can be seen as you cycle along the route.
The vintage cycling fever is spreading all over the world, following on from the famous L’Eroica in Tuscany, as one of the first vintage cycling events.
We fell in love with this type of event, as they bring back a great era and atmosphere, from the clothing, to the bicycles and components. It also brings together generations of cyclists closer to that wonderful old lifestyle and cycling culture.
La Canavesana d’Epoca is also a great event to get into, if you are new to cycling, and/or to vintage cycling. It can be done as a couple, such as a travel-holiday trip, as the distances aren’t too long (55Km or 100Km), but challenging just enough a new rider and the more experienced ones too. The access to this event is fairly easy, flying to Turin Caselle airport, then a short drive of about half an hour. Milan Malpensa is the next closest airport, being at about 150 kilometers, a 90 minute motorway drive. Being in the Piemonte region, the food goes without saying, as the Canavese is also well known for its local wines and grappas, better appreciated after the event. La Canavesana d’Epoca is usually held in early June, so the weather and temperature are also most likely to be perfect for a refreshing post-ride swim in the nearby Lake Sirio of Ivrea or in the acquatic centres and pools of Lake Viverone. We really recommend you to take part in this event, as we’d like to see it grow in the future, because we know how much this area has got to offer to all it’s visitors.
Visit: La Canavesana d’Epoca
If you’ve participated in the 2015 edition, see if you’ve been captured in our photographs by clicking here.
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