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Chianti and cycling are definitely a successful combination, in the name of love for sport and the environment.
The Chianti area is a rather far from the large urban areas, disseminated with tiny rural villages, with a very rich secondary road network, most of which are well tarmacked, traffic is limited and almost totally light, the routes are undulating even with steep slopes but never of high altitude and the landscapes are incomparable, with vineyards, olive groves and also medieval villages and castles.

On our guided bike tour in Tuscany we don’t want to miss visiting these amazing hills, rich in history and tradition, love for the land and good food.
That’s why many cycling enthusiasts decide to spend their cycling holidays here.

In the Chianti area there are still many kilometres of gravel roads, called “strade bianche“, white roads, which join small villages surrounded by vineyards and farms.
These white roads represent Italy fifty years ago, they are not paved roads but still recognized as real roads.
They are part of the Tuscan landscape like cypress trees, olive trees and vineyards; they are a heritage to be preserved like the cobblestones of Roubaix.

Just in one of these small villages, Gaiole in Chianti, a journalist passionate about cycling, Giancarlo Brocci, has devised a cycling race that echoes the exploits of epic cycling enterprises.
So, in 1997 the first “ Eroica“, took place on two routes, 80 or 160 km, a non-competitive cycling race, which aims to introduce this Tuscan “cycling park”.
That year there were fewer than 100 participants, the race was open to all types of bikes.

After several modifications, in 2002, the permanent routes were decided, the longest of 209 km and the shortest of 46 km. There are currently 6 routes.
The 209 km route includes a drop/elevation gain of almost 4000 m and 110 km of white roads, so a really demanding ride, even for the most trained riders, with scenarios of incomparable beauty: you start from Chianti, you go to Val d’Arbia, Val di Merse, the Crete Senesi, and then return to Chianti.
You start at 5 a.m., in the dark, with vintage cars to provide assistance, it seems that time stopped 70 years ago.
In the refreshments area there are typical dishes such as “ribollita“, a typical Tuscan soup, or “finocchione“, a typical salami with wild fennel, and why not, good Chianti wine.

In 2004 permanent signs indicating the route were added.

The use of vintage bikes, pre 1987, with external cables, downtube shifters and toe clips has been mandatory since 2009. Bike shops that rent this type of bike can be found in the area, to allow fans who do not own vintage bikes to participate.
It’s not hard to find bike shops selling vintage clothing.

The registrations are closed number and the participants come from all over the world, to live an unforgettable day immersed in history.

“We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest“



Chianti and cycling are definitely a successful combination, in the name of love for sport and the environment.
The Chianti area is a rather far from the large urban areas, disseminated with tiny rural villages, with a very rich secondary road network, most of which are well tarmacked, traffic is limited and almost totally light, the routes are undulating even with steep slopes but never of high altitude and the landscapes are incomparable, with vineyards, olive groves and also medieval villages and castles.

On our guided bike tour in Tuscany we don’t want to miss visiting these amazing hills, rich in history and tradition, love for the land and good food.
That’s why many cycling enthusiasts decide to spend their cycling holidays here.

In the Chianti area there are still many kilometres of gravel roads, called “strade bianche“, white roads, which join small villages surrounded by vineyards and farms.
These white roads represent Italy fifty years ago, they are not paved roads but still recognized as real roads.
They are part of the Tuscan landscape like cypress trees, olive trees and vineyards; they are a heritage to be preserved like the cobblestones of Roubaix.

Just in one of these small villages, Gaiole in Chianti, a journalist passionate about cycling, Giancarlo Brocci, has devised a cycling race that echoes the exploits of epic cycling enterprises.
So, in 1997 the first “ Eroica“, took place on two routes, 80 or 160 km, a non-competitive cycling race, which aims to introduce this Tuscan “cycling park”.
That year there were fewer than 100 participants, the race was open to all types of bikes.

After several modifications, in 2002, the permanent routes were decided, the longest of 209 km and the shortest of 46 km. There are currently 6 routes.
The 209 km route includes a drop/elevation gain of almost 4000 m and 110 km of white roads, so a really demanding ride, even for the most trained riders, with scenarios of incomparable beauty: you start from Chianti, you go to Val d’Arbia, Val di Merse, the Crete Senesi, and then return to Chianti.
You start at 5 a.m., in the dark, with vintage cars to provide assistance, it seems that time stopped 70 years ago.
In the refreshments area there are typical dishes such as “ribollita“, a typical Tuscan soup, or “finocchione“, a typical salami with wild fennel, and why not, good Chianti wine.

In 2004 permanent signs indicating the route were added.

The use of vintage bikes, pre 1987, with external cables, downtube shifters and toe clips has been mandatory since 2009. Bike shops that rent this type of bike can be found in the area, to allow fans who do not own vintage bikes to participate.
It’s not hard to find bike shops selling vintage clothing.

The registrations are closed number and the participants come from all over the world, to live an unforgettable day immersed in history.

“We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of the conquest“
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