Bike ride road closure warning

Residents and business owners in and around Tideswell have received a letter from the organisers of Eroica Britannia, warning of a road closure in the area on Sunday 19 June.

To ensure the safety of riders and members of the public, the event organisers have requested a road closure along the B6049 from Blackwell (Hollow O the Moor junction) to Litton Dale junction at the south end of Tideswell. The road will be closed to all vehicular traffic between the hours 6am and 12 noon on the 19th.

This year's three-day Eroica festival takes place at Bakewell Showground from 17 June and is a celebration of vintage cycling and local food and drink.

The culmination of the festival is a bike ride on 19 June which starts from Bakewell. The first riders will leave in waves from 6am with the last expected start being set for 10.30am.

Writing on behalf of the organisers, Marco Mori states in the letter:

"All the riders will be on pre-1987 ‘heroic’ bikes wearing vintage clothing – the event, first held in Italy, has been described as the ‘most handsome bike ride in the World’ and is sure to be a fantastic spectacle.

"We are absolutely committed to ensuring that any disruption for local households and businesses is kept to a minimum and would like to apologies in advance for any inconvenience."

Full details of the ride and the programme of the three-day festival can be found online, and Marco has invited any questions or queries from local people by email to

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