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2020 EROICA & TUSCANY  - coming late 2019!

Example - 2019 l'Eroica

REGION: Tuscany (Italy)

TOUR DATES: 4 - 12 Oct 2019


HOTELS: Chianti (x3), Montalcino (x2), Lucca (x2), Florence (x1), 3-4 star hotels

Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine provided
Guaranteed L'Eroica Gran Fondo Entry
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3100 € p.p.


Carbon Road Bike Hire (1 Week): 300 €
Vintage Road Bike Hire (L'Eroica): 200 €

DAY ONE – Fri 4 October 2019
Chianti Wine Region, Italy


We will collect you from Florence Airport at approximately 10am and transfer you to the tour hotel. We will officially welcome you all to Italy before setting up the bikes and heading out for a picturesque warm-up ride. Tonight you will enjoy dinner with the tour guides.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Gaiole in Chianti

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Chianti (Italy)

DAY TWO – Sat 5 October 2019
Chianti Wine Region

Tomorrow is a big day of Gran Fondo action so you will start to familiarise yourself with the local landscapes and the riding that will be on offer. The Chianti region is loved for its natural beauty, postcard perfect small towns, friendly locals, quality wine and fresh produce! The riding is brilliant as you pedal along winding roads past old agricultural estates and manor houses. There will be time to practise on the ‘strada bianca´ today as we will also hit-up some gravel roads on the outskirts of Siena. The perfect ride to have you fit and ready for l’Eroica!

In the afternoon you will visit the l´Eroica event village. Here you will collect a vintage (pre 1985) steel bike ahead of tomorrow´s gran fondo cycling event. Be careful not to get lost in this amazing expo. The village includes close to 100 stalls with cycling gear and bikes from yesteryear. A short spin around town to practise on your new wheels will also be in order!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Gaiole in Chianti

Ride: 75km cycling

Accommodation: Chianti (Italy)

DAY THREE – Sun 6 October 2019
l'Eroica Vintage Gran Fondo Ride


The l´Eroica Gran Fondo was born from a pure passion for cycling with the aim of rediscovering the authentic roots of a truly beautiful sport! The participants of this grand event pull on vintage clothing and jump on a steel bike in spectacular fashion over the white gravel roads. The locals cheer for you like the heroic days of Binda, Gagliardoni and Bartali as quaint towns with names like Greve, Panzano and Radda in Chianti roll-on by. During the evening we will yet again celebrate our cycling achievements with a classic glass of Montepulciano and Chianti red wine!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Gaiole in Chianti

Ride: Chosen l'Eroica distance

Accommodation: Chianti (Italy)

DAY FOUR – Mon 7 October 2019

After breakfast we say goodbye to Chianti and cycle for Montalcino. The cycling follows rolling terrain and the arrival in Piazza del Campo in Siena is truly special. The medieval piazza is one of Europe's greatest squares! Today´s route also continues towards Asciano and the famous ´Senesi Crete´. The clay fields during earlier days were overworked and abandoned and erosive forces have created a lunar landscape. Along the way we pass Montepulciano and its famous wine estates. This evening we can sample a bottle or two of the wonderful Nobile di Montepulciano wine!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Siena

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Montalcino (Italy)

DAY FIVE – Tue 8 Oct 2019
Tommasini Bike Factory


This morning you can enjoy riding through the beautiful rural landscapes of the Val d´Orcia (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Follow roads lined with the regions characteristic and emblematic cypress trees. The jewel of the Val d´Orcia region is the small renaissance towns and there will be time to soak up the medieval history. During the afternoon enjoy a special guided group visit of the Tommasini Bike Factory. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see first-hand a traditional Italian bike brand that is steeped in tradition!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Grosseto

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Montalcino (Italy)

DAY SIX – Wed 9 October 2019
Leaning Tower of Pisa

This morning there will be a 1.5hr van transfer from Montalcino. Immediately south of Pisa is the extensive Val di Cecina region which includes three natural reserves including, Caselli, Monterufoli and Cornate y Fosini. This area is highly regarded for its historical, cultural and natural treasures. The undulating roads will keep you interested throughout as the ride moves north towards Pisa. There are many1-3km climbs and descents on twisting roads that pass quiet townships. A rest stop in Volterra to see the Roman theatre is a must!  Following a lunch stop in Pisa and the customary photo of its famed leaning tower the cycling pushes on to Lucca which will be home for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Volterra & Pisa

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Lucca (Italy)

DAY SEVEN – Thur 10 Oct 2019
Lucca Loop Ride


Cycling from the town centre and the imposing Renaissance wall which surrounds the entire city will leave a long lasting memory. The wall was never touched during battle and along with its medieval streets, towers, churches and grand plazas provides the perfect base for a cycling holiday! Initially heading east and the cycling today takes you through the fertile region surrounding Lucca and nearby Monte Serra which has seen two Giro d’Italia crossings. The climb is 10.5km long, follows an average grade of 8% and finishes at an elevation of 917m.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Lucca

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Lucca (Italy)

DAY EIGHT – Fri 11 October 2019
Pistoia & Florenca

Cycling from the hotel we head east towards Pistoia on the outskirts of Florence. The warm-up will deliver you to Passo Della Collina. While a relatively long 15km climb the average 5.4% gradient shouldn’t present too many problems with the right pacing. In the evening you will enjoy dinner with the tour guides in a typical osteria in the heart of Florence. Tales of wonderful cycling experiences will flow like the local wine!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Florence

Ride: 95km cycling

Accommodation: Florence (Italy)

DAY NINE – Sat 12 October 2019
Tour Farewell


Following breakfast we will have you at Florence Airport by 10:30am. Arrivederci!

Meals: Breakfast


L'Eroica: Vintage Cycling Tradition in the heart of Tuscany!


L´Eroica is truly one of the most original Gran Fondo rides in the world and a celebration of all things cycling! Join us on the ´strada bianca´ (white gravel roads) in 2019 for what will be an exhilarating ride! The experience is truly rewarding – cycle from dawn to dusk, from a tankful of energy to those last final drops, from exhilaration to fatigue ...

We have designed a memorable tour following the landscapes and most picturesque towns and cities of Tuscany: Florence, Montalcino & Lucca. Additional excursions include cycling routes designed to pass through the Piazza del Campo in Siena, the famous leaning tower of Pisa and a special visit to the Tommasini bike factory which still today builds bikes 100% handmade!

You will also immerse yourself in all things Tuscany including its diverse districts and traditions, superb food and fine wine: Viva la Toscana!

Dates: 04-10-2019 to 12-10-2019

Tour price: 3100 € per person (twin share)