Middle of June marked that time of the year again when the Eroica Britannia was to be taken place. We at Steel Vintage Bikes had excitedly been waiting for the event in order to enjoy the festival atmosphere, talk to vintage bicycle enthusiasts and take part in the Sunday ride.
This year we had two special tasks as well. We were to deliver a few bikes to a collector from Beijing to his summer residence near London. Our second mission was to bring back the revived Holdsworth Heritage - bikes to their home country of England.
Driving the whole way we made it to Dover late Wednesday evening after spending some quality time at the Autobahn. We had a good night's sleep and the next morning we were to start our journey to deliver the bicycles. The new home for the bikes was located in a beautiful, picturesque village in the Cotswolds and we knew that the bicycles would get a good new home.
The first two days at the Steel Vintage Bikes festival booth was a great experience for us. It became clear that almost everyone had some type of a memory of at least one specific Holdsworth bicycle. People shared fond memories of how they had their own Holdsworths, comparing them to the new models. On Saturday, the "Best of" -show was held with an astonishing amount of categories and everyone was dressed up for the occasion. So many beautiful bicycles were on display as well. It turned out as well that Alex managed to buy a few bicycles and frames to be taken back to Berlin for some restoration in our workshop.
Dressed up in our Holdsworth -kit and equipped with an Eroica spec'd Holdsworth Cyclone, Holdsworth Professional and Holdsworth Professional Italia, we were ready to hit the hilly roads. We already knew that Sunday would be really warm and we opted for the 55 mile route which we already had heard on Friday would be challenging. The day would surely become interesting with no wind and almost thirty degrees celsius and a cloudless sky. Hydration was key and this was well taken care of by the organizers. It is safe to say that the scenery triumphed the heat and riding through the beautiful landscape simply amazed us mile after mile. The new Holdsworth bicycles had also passed the test with flying colors. We finished the ride graciously and still had plenty of time to stand at the booth and share post-ride feelings with fellow riders.
To sum up the festival we we were really happy to have been a part of it. The organizing worked flawlessly, the food stands at the festival were delicious and one can't thank the festival attendees enough for their spirit and kindness. We wish there were more vendors on the bike jumble but hopefully next year...
Monday was for resting and packing up the booth, we also managed to squeeze in a nap by the river, a small pub crawl and a cheese tasting night at the local free house. Loaded with fond memories, slightly sore legs and some Bakewell pudding we then started our journey back on Tuesday morning and already can't wait for next year!