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Vintage bikes, components and moustaches: L'Eroica Gaiole 2017 - Gallery

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Gimondi poses for the cameras with his vintage Bianchi and team car

Gimondi poses for the cameras with his vintage Bianchi and team car
(Image credit: Guido Rubino/L'Eroica)
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Total Lumens? Er, one

Total Lumens? Er, one
(Image credit: Guido Rubino/L'Eroica)
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Wet conditions and the option of a 209km route ensured a tough day in the saddle

Wet conditions and the option of a 209km route ensured a tough day in the saddle
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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A young rider does his best Hugo Koblet impression

A young rider does his best Hugo Koblet impression
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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Facial hair design of the era is optional

Facial hair design of the era is optional
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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Moustache - check, woollen mitts - check, rubber goggles - check!

Moustache - check, woollen mitts - check, rubber goggles - check!
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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Riders set off at 5am along torch-lit roads

Riders set off at 5am along torch-lit roads
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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No digital clocks allowed

No digital clocks allowed
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)
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Gimondi rode a vintage Bianchi but opted for a modern, safer helmet

Gimondi rode a vintage Bianchi but opted for a modern, safer helmet
(Image credit: Luigi Sesteli/L'Eroica)
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Felice Gimondi battles up a gravel climb

Felice Gimondi battles up a gravel climb
(Image credit: Luigi Sesteli/L'Eroica)
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Rainy conditions turned the normally white and dusty strade bianche into brown and muddy

Rainy conditions turned the normally white and dusty strade bianche into brown and muddy
(Image credit: Guido Rubino/L'Eroica)
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Leather shoes and toe straps trump carbon soles and Boa dials here

Leather shoes and toe straps trump carbon soles and Boa dials here
(Image credit: Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Founded by Giancarlo Brocci in 1997, L'Eroica celebrates the history of cycling with vintage frames, components, clothing and even facial hair on the stunning Strade Bianche in Tuscany, Italy.

The 21st edition of the race started and finished in Gaiole in Chianti and offered five different route distances, from 46km/24 miles to 209km/130 miles, to cater for everyone's abilities.

L'Eroica participants are only allowed to ride racing bikes built "up to and including 1987", and further regulations include: gear shifters must be on the down tube, pedals with toe clips and straps are to be used, brake cables must pass outside and over the handlebars, wheels must have at least 32 spokes laced to a low profile rim and vintage saddles predating 1987 are encouraged (exceptions are made for specific parts that are period but do not comply with the regulations).

Facial hair design of the era is optional (Penni Martinelli/L'Eroica)

Wearing of vintage clothing is also encouraged and despite the miserable weather at this year's event, no technical clothing is permitted.

Modern helmets and more lenient regulations on brakes are permitted for safety reasons.

Felice Gimondi battles up a gravel climb (Luigi Sestili/L'Eroica)

Seventy-five year old Felice Gimondi, whose palmares include a Tour de France, a Vuelta a Espana, three Giro d'Italia, a Paris-Roubaix and a World Championship title joined the starters in Gaiole in Chianti aboard a 1960's Bianchi, posing for the cameras alongside a vintage Alfa Romeo team car.

Beginning at 5am, the route began in the dark along a torch lit route before navigating through the Chianti region of Tuscany on the famous white gravel roads.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look at the unique event.