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L'Eroica 2013
Gaiole, Italy
By Transterra Editor
07 Oct 2013

Every year, during the first weekend of October, thousands of passionate cyclists reach Gaiole, a small village in the Italian region of Chianti, for the most famous old-style tourist cycling event in the world, the so-called "L'Eroica" ("the heroic" ).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling. This year, more than 5.400 participants dived into the past to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the race: old-fashioned clothes, dirty wheels and vintage bikes.

Four different routes with distances between 35 and 200 km wind through the vineyards of Val d'Orcia and Chianti, surrounded by wild animals and the true spirit of cycling. This unique event, the biggest in Italy and one of the most important in the world knows only few rules: only vintage bikes and instead of competition the true spirit of "L'Eroica": a genuine passion for cycling, nature and food.

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L'Eroica 2013 (6 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist at the start of "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (Siena).

In the 2013 edition more than 5.400 participants from all over the world came to "L'Eroica" to ride their vintage bike through white road, vineyards and nature.

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L'Eroica 2013 (2 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Womens cyclist are waiting for the start of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

There are few rules for "L'Eroica", but the most important is the main criteria: "only cyclists with "heroic" bicycles will be permitted to participate".

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L'Eroica 2013 (1 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A young cyclist with traditional clothes ready for the start of "L'Eroica".

"L'eroica" 2013 took place on 6th October 2013, starting from Gaiole in Chianti with 4 different routes.

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L'Eroica 2013 (3 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A participant of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti, a little village close to Siena in the heart of Chianti.

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L'Eroica 2013 (4 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist waiting for their friends along a white road near Pianella (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling

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L'Eroica 2013 (19 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Participants of "L'Eroica" take a break in Radda in Chianti (SI).

Along the route in some villages, cyclists can find a refreshment with local food and drink. A break to take a rest and enjoy the little village in the heart of Chianti.

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L'Eroica (18 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A woman ride a bike near Radda in Chianti (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling during "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (16 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists in front of a local supermarket after the finish of "L'Eroica" 2013.

This unique event, the biggest in Italy and one of the most important in the world knows only few rules: only vintage bikes and instead of competition the true spirit of "L'Eroica": a genuine passion for cycling, nature and food.

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L'Eroica 2013 (17 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

The arrival of "L'Eroica" 2013 in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

People from all over the world share their passion for vintage cyclism during the first week of October in Gaiole in Chianti (SI) during "L'Eroica".

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Morrocco on two wheels (24 of 25)
Marrakesh, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
07 Mar 2013

Marrocco on the two wheels. This tousled, exotic world is often like a surreal dream.

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Morrocco on two wheels (23 of 25)
Essaouira, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
02 Mar 2013

A car, a motorbike, a bicycle? Bikes are increasingly popular amongst young Moroccans.

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Morocco on two wheels
Morocco
By Mais Istanbuli
28 Feb 2013

What places, what parts of the world come straight to mind when you think of bicycles and cycling? Our minds drift almost automatically towards the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, and maybe alsoDenmark. Well, certainly not towards the Arabic world. Traditionally there is no “cycling culture” there, bikes have a rather negative image and are not socially accepted, especially amongst women. But then there is Morocco. Morocco is teeming with bicycles. Older and poorer Moroccans cycle because it is a cheap means of transport. Young people cycle because it is cool. Women cycle because it is practical. Quite rapidly cycling is becoming an inherent part of the local culture. People cycle to work, to school, to run errands, for pleasure. Somehow even cycling in long traditional djellabas is not an issue, even though at first it seems to be verging on impossible. Bikes are everywhere. Everybody uses them. Bike workshops pop up on every corner. Morocco is on two wheels.
Text written by: Anna Blasiak

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Morrocco on two wheels (21 of 25)
Igli Sidi Hamed, Morrocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Two frail Davids versus a huge Goliath. You can cram a lot on a bike too.

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Morrocco on two wheels (14 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Cycling bridges generations of women. How do you bicycle in a long djellaba?

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Island of Twins (7 of 23)
Alabat Island, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 Feb 2013

Joyce loves riding the bike while Joy has fears. The two have learned to give and take for them to move in their situation.

There are around 60 pairs of twins in a small town on Alabat Island. Eudosia and Antonia are the oldest twins living in the island turning 82 next year,w hile the five month-old babies, Jane and Joy, are the youngest twins on the island.
According to the mayor, the population of the island is composed of .4% of twins of the 12,039 residents of their town. When he and his wife migrated to the island in 1980s they were amazed that the island had so many twins. As a matter of fact, the former mayor of the island had a twin brother. Town folks are shocked when they think they've seen that the dead mayor is alive, but later learn that the former mayor has a twin brother.
No studies have been conducted on the island as to why the prevalence of twins in this small town is growing. According to a study conducted between 1996 to 2006, the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society found out that there was 182% increase in multiple pregnancies in 35 year-old women due to the use of fertility drugs. Due to the remoteness of the island and the limited access to fertility drugs, other influences could be considered such as inheritance of twinning or the food intake of mothers.
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba in South Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
The main source of sustenance on the island is farming and fishing and according to the oldest midwife in the island, heredity is the major culprit of twinning in the island, and so far, their island has the highest population of twins in the entire Philippines.