1,100 vintage bike riders take over the hills of Paso Robles
–Bicycles riders from all over the world rode the hills around Paso Robles during L’Eroica, an event held over the weekend for vintage bicycle enthusiasts.
L’Eroica in Paso Robles is the only North American event in an international series of L’Eroica rides in Europe, South Africa and the Far East.
In Paso Robles, 1,100 riders took part in a series of rides through the North County and North Coast. The rides included unpaved sections, often with a gravel surface.
They varied in length from 30-130 miles. The rides were not a race, but an experience. A rider from San Francisco, who completed the 130 mile ride to the coast, said about 40 miles of that ride were unpaved.
Wes Hatakayama organized the event. Wes graduated from Paso Robles High School and moved away, but brought the event to Paso Robles because of its similarity to Sienna, Italy, where L’Eroica began in 1978.
Some of the riders camped at the Paso Robles Event Center. Others stayed in local motels and hotels and dined at local restaurants.
Next year, L’Eroica California will move to Cambria.