l’Eroica & Tuscany cycling tour

Tour Description

[2020 Example] 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 2020 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!

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Daily Tour Overview

Day 1 – Florence to Chianti wine region

We will collect you from Florence Airport during the morning and transfer you to Chianti in the heart of Tuscany. After the official tour welcome the bikes will be set-up and a picturesque warm-up ride through the vineyards awaits. Tonight you will enjoy dinner with the tour guides.

Distance: 60km / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Chianti

Day 2 – l’Eroica vintage gran fondo in town

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 be in order!

Distance: 75km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Chianti

Day 3 – Steels bikes and strada bianca

Today you ride Italy´s version of the Paris Roubaix! 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 ride is through the ´Chianti Valley´ in the heart of Tuscany. 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. The party back in Gaiole in Chianti is one of pure fun and friendship. There is no talk of times or distance ridden as this united cycling family simply shares stories of a unique day of cycling! During the evening we will yet again celebrate our cycling achievements and new friendships formed with a classic glass of Montepulciano and Chainti red wine!

Distance: Multiple l’Eroica rides / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Chianti

Day 4 – From Chianti to medieval Siena

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! The twice-a-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza.

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!

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Montalcino

Day 5 – UNESCO bike riding & Tommasini

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. Enjoy your road-side lunch as we break out some rustic bread and salami!

During the afternoon in Grosseto there will also be time for a special guided group visit of the Tommasini Bike Factory. The factory takes its name from founder Irio Tommasini who was a master frame-builder and who established the brand in 1948. The Tommasini brand is especially appreciated for its finish and geometry and the workmanship which has been passed down from generation to generation. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see first-hand a traditional Italian bike brand that is steeped in tradition!

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Montalcino

Day 6 – All roads ‘lean’ to Pisa

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 many 1-3km climbs and descents on twisting roads that pass quiet townships. A rest stop in Volterra to see the Roman theatre is a must! 

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lucca

Day 7 – Lucca and its Monte Serra climb

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.

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Lucca

Day 8 – Celebrate in true Florentine style

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. 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!

Distance: 95km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Florence

Day 9 – Arrivederci

Following breakfast our guides will be available to transfer you to Florence Airport. We look forward to cycling with you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast included


Dates & Prices

Dates2021 dates subject to Covid-19
Duration8 nights / 9 days
Price (per person)3150€ (twin share)
Bike HireVintage Steel Bike 200€
Road Bike (1 week) 300€
Single Room Supplement550€

5% Discount for Groups of 4 or more!

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Client Reviews (l’Eroica & Tuscany)

Peter (Griffith, NSW, Australia)

When you have crazy cyclist´s from Australia who want to cycle Europe, Who do you call? Paul from Sierra Sports. Great Tuscany schedule, fun times at the l’Eroica vintage gran fondo ride, amazing cycling captured memories which will never be forgotten, incredibly well balanced with fantastic wine, food and companionship. An experience that has us returning for more!

Leigh (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Cycling through tuscany was a highlight far more than I expected. The group was a lot of fun, the tour was a great experience. The riding, the tour guides, Italy i can’t wait to come back.

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