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Santini's retro-inspired Eroica collection

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Eroica is all about the celebration of old road bikes and vintage kit

Eroica is all about the celebration of old road bikes and vintage kit (Image credit: Santini)
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They're not designed for performance, but the Eroica jerseys ooze style

They're not designed for performance, but the Eroica jerseys ooze style (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Pull (£120 / €150)

Eroica Pull (£120 / €150) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Rome2 Jacket (£120 / €155)

Eroica Rome2 Jacket (£120 / €155) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Rome2 Gilet (£90 / €110)

Eroica Rome2 Gilet (£90 / €110) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Training Suit (£160 / €230)

Eroica Training Suit (£160 / €230) (Image credit: Santini)
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The Eroica collection's classic jerseys

The Eroica collection's classic jerseys (Image credit: Santini)
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The Gaiole in Chianti jersey (£100 / €130)

The Gaiole in Chianti jersey (£100 / €130) (Image credit: Santini)
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Woollen socks too!

Woollen socks too! (Image credit: Santini)
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The Eroica Daino shorts are wool, but have a modern pad (£100 / €120)

The Eroica Daino shorts are wool, but have a modern pad (£100 / €120) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Hispania jersey (£100 / €130)

Eroica Hispania jersey (£100 / €130) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Pink Jersey (£150 / €189)

Eroica Pink Jersey (£150 / €189) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Monique jersey (£150 / €189)

Eroica Monique jersey (£150 / €189) (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Italia jersey (£120 / €150)

Eroica Italia jersey (£120 / €150) (Image credit: Santini)
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The retro-inspired kit looks every bit as stylish as its 1960s predecessors

The retro-inspired kit looks every bit as stylish as its 1960s predecessors (Image credit: Santini)
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The new Eroica Britannia jersey

The new Eroica Britannia jersey (Image credit: Santini)
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Expect more riders than this during Eroica events, which have up to 5,000 competitors

Expect more riders than this during Eroica events, which have up to 5,000 competitors (Image credit: Santini)
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The rear of the jersey has mother-of-pearl style buttons on the pockets

The rear of the jersey has mother-of-pearl style buttons on the pockets (Image credit: Santini)
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The front of the Eroica Britannia jersey, complete with embroidered logo

The front of the Eroica Britannia jersey, complete with embroidered logo (Image credit: Santini)
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The Eroica California jersey – (£100 / €130)

The Eroica California jersey – (£100 / €130) (Image credit: Santini)
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Of course, there's a cycling cap too

Of course, there's a cycling cap too (Image credit: Santini)
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Eroica Piumi wool sweater (£120 / €150)

Eroica Piumi wool sweater (£120 / €150) (Image credit: Santini)
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The detailing and all-important Eroica Approved badge of the woollen jersey

The detailing and all-important Eroica Approved badge of the woollen jersey (Image credit: Santini)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Italian clothing maker Santini has unveiled its full collection of 'Eroica Approved' cycling gear including a British racing green variant for this weekend's Eroica Britannia.

L'Eroica is an annual vintage cycling event that takes place in the vineyards of Chianti in Tuscany every October. The Italian event courts 5,000 riders, all equipped with pre-1987 road bikes. Pairing coteries of steel-framed beauties with authentic-kit wearing riders, L'Eroica, and the various events the original has spawned around the world, celebrates all things retro cycling.

For the new Eroica line, the firm dug into its expansive archives to find apparel inspiration dating back to the 1960s. The special new collection recreates styles from decades past – some of which never even seen on colour film footage. Santini has combined Italian post-war fashion, traditional materials and modern manufacturing methods to serve up a slice of cycling history.

All the pieces have been designed with this in mind – simple vintage elegance that's far more concerned with aesthetics than maximum performance.

There are four main jerseys in the collection, each representing a different Eroica event: burnt orange and maroon for Gaiole in Chianti; yellow and blue for California; and white and grey for Eroica Hispania.

The four Eroica jerseys along with two Italian-inspired classics

Like these three variants, the official jersey of Eroica Britannia is made from traditional wool yarn and is embroidered, rather than printed, in classic style. Other vintage details include a short metal zip on the front and three rear pockets, each closed with mother-of-pearl effect buttons. Naturally, the wool has been dyed in shades of British racing green for this weekend's Bakewell-based event.

Orange accents are a nod to Santini's own history, and like the rest of the range, the jersey is finished off with the brand's traditional logo – also recreated especially for the Eroica line.

Santini says the remainder of the collection includes garments inspired by the most significant pieces jealously preserved in the company's archive. These include a 1950's Maglia Rosa with polo-style collar, 1970's style ribbed turtleneck sweaters and tracksuits and wool shorts with modern-day chamois.

The second Eroica Britannia is a three-day festival of vintage two-wheeled fun based in Bakewell in the Peak District.

There are three ride distances to choose from this Sunday and a host of bands, street food and the world's biggest bike jumble. There's also the British Bazaar – just in case you fancy a wet shave or some casual shopping.

Check out the gallery above for more pictures from the range.