Gruppo Bici Race of the Falling Leaves


The Koppenberg may be over but gravel road racing is still alive, welcome a new race and ride this year, the Gruppo Bici Race of the Falling Leaves Race and the Gruppo Bici L'Eroica Ride. For all those who wish the road season extended into Colorado's beautiful fall well now is your chance. October 4, out at the Boulder Reservoir these two events will get underway. The course is 70% gravel and is a single loop on some of the Boulder Roubaix route but a lot of new too, see the map of the route

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This, like many gravel road races, will be very unique, one of the goals of this race is to promote cyclist racing on bikes older than 1990... here what they say about this race

Named after Italy’s Giro di Lombardia, the Gruppo Bici “Race of the Falling Leaves” is the competitive version of Gruppo Bici L’Eroica. Run over the same route as Gruppo Bici L’Eroica, The Race of the Falling Leaves is an ACA sanctioned*, single lap race (48km) with rolling enclosure. L'Eroica USA has turned the purse "rights" side up in support of equal pay for women; prizes will be doubled if winner finishes on an Italian bicycle made before 1990.

This is the same day as Frisco CX so "roadies" might not have to compete with peeking CX riders. Cost is $25 and change if you register before September 15th.

Swap Event in addition to ride and race

From their site...

"Should the ambience of Gruppo Bici L’Eroica capture your desire for a piece of cycling history, participants and spectators can invest in precious metal under the tented L’Eroica Exposition and Swap. Located at the start / finish area (Boulder Reservoir), the L'Eroica Exposition and Swap is where collectors, framebuilders, manufacturers and secondhand vendors display and sell vintage, traditional and modern bicycles, clothing, parts and other relics showcasing cycling history and bicycle life. L’Eroica Exposition and Swap is the place to see, swap, buy and sell every imaginable accessory, bicycle and part from cycling’s bygone era, the last century of bicycles."

Find out more on the swap

Want more information on this event?
- Register for the event(s)
- Check out their Race Flyer
- Learn more about the course
- Follow their Blog
- Check out the links on the right side of their Blog site, there they talk of a Gala at the Boulder Theater afterwards and amazing food to be had at these events.

And a rolling enclosure... Some one pinch me!

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The race had me until I got

The race had me until I got to the purse. I thought that right-side-up meant that the race was finally going to pay men and women an equal purse based on entries. Races in Colorado typically pay out far more to women on a per entrant basis than they do to men. Some races even pay out all entrants in women's categories.