L'Eroica & Chianti / Powered by Bianchi

  • Location

    Radda in Chianti, Tuscany

  • Duration

    6 days | 5 nights

  • Length

    74 - 104km daily

  • Climb

    600 - 1,530m daily

2 Oct 2019 - 7 Oct 2019

We promise this tour will show you a side of riding that you have never experienced before! It will re-ignite your senses and leave you with a feeling of admiration for the incredible cycling heroes in history who won races on wonderful vintage bikes with their downtube shifters, long brake cables and toe-clips. As Giancarlo Brocci, creator of L'Eroica, has said “We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest”.

L'Eroica a non-competitive and globally renowned cycling event. With 5 different course lengths it's accessible to everyone (32km, 46km, 78km, 130km and 209km).

Prior to the L’Eroica Ride on Sunday, 6th October, we will enjoy three days of cycling on modern road bikes (Bianchi Infinito CV, with disc brakes and electronic shifters). We'll explore the Tuscan countryside and the beautiful city of Siena, while sampling the delicious local cuisine, savouring the local wines and indulging in the Italian culture.

We will then swap our bikes for a weekend of riding on a pre-1987 Vintage classic. A morning coffee ride will allow you the chance to get used to your new bike, before an afternoon of rest in preparation for the epic L'Eroica Ride!

What makes this tour one of our guests' favourites? You don’t have to worry about anything - we will provide two bikes (one new and one vintage), and supply you with your very own vintage kit... which means if you are as fashion conscious as our Italian friends then you will look just the part dressed in the classic celeste Bianchi Kit! And of course, start numbers are guaranteed.

Book now and guarantee your place in this iconic event as this tour will sell out quickly.

We have partnered with Bianchi, who are one of the key sponsors of the event, to deliver you a number of unique experiences on this tour. Immerse yourself into the history of cycling with the oldest bike brand in the world as our key partner.

Total price: From €3,250

  • Guaranteed start number for L'Eroica Gaiole
  • Ride on the stunning Tuscan roads and in a UNESCO World Heritage List region
  • Includes 3 days of riding the Bianchi Infinito CV disc bike used by the JUMBO VISMA pro team, and 2 days riding on a vintage pre-1987 bike
  • Bianchi vintage cycling kit (woollen jersey, bib-shorts, cap, gloves) is included
  • L'Eroica goody bag
  • Eroica Club dinner
  • Luxury accomodation at CDH Radda in Chinati **** hotel
  • The opportunity to purchase a Bianchi L'Eroica (Campagnolo 10sp Compact - 2019) at a very special price, delivered to you for your arrival in Radda in Chianti
  • Day 1 - Wednesday, 2 October

    Benvenuto & welcome ride

    45km / 1000m

    We will meet you at Florence airport in the morning and transport you to our hotel, CDH Hotel Radda **** which overlooks the beautiful medieval town of Radda in Chianti. We'll help you get fitted to your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before this afternoon's ride. A 45km ride will take us through the beautiful vine-covered Tuscan countryside, where we will pass through the small hamlets of Panzano and Dudda. Upon returning to our hotel and after discussing the week's program, we'll enjoy a hearty Italian dinner.

  • Day 2 - Thursday 3 October

    Chianti Classico

    74km / 1,530m

    Chianti Classico is one of Italy's most famous wines and today we will enjoy riding in the region. It will be a spectacular ride as we ride through vine-covered hills and along roads lined with cypress trees. We will tests our skills on parts of Strade Bianche (the white gravel roads) using our Bianchi Infinito CV bikes and stop for a well-deserved coffee in Castello di Brolio ... or even better a glass of Chianti Classico! After all, it was Barone Ricasoli who was responsible for the creation of the wine. Today, Castello di Brolio is recognised as the oldest winery in Italy and still remains in the Ricasoli family!

  • Day 3 - Friday 4 October

    San Gimignano & Siena

    107km / 1,460m

    Today’s ride takes us east from Radda in Chianti down a swooping descent towards San Gimignano, a small walled medieval hilltop town. Defined by its tower houses, San Gimignano is also referred to as “The Town of Fine Towers”. We will enjoy a photo stop in the town before riding south towards the beautiful city of Siena. After a delicious lunch, we will depart the UNESCO World Heritage Site and head north passing through the beautiful town of Castellina in Chianti before arriving back to our hotel. in the evening we will attend the official Eroica Club dinner !

  • Day 4 - Saturday 5 October

    Coffee Ride, Vintage Bike test & markets

    38km / 600m

    It is time to prepare for L'Eroica. After yesterday's ride our team will have swapped your modern day Bianchi Infinito CV bike for a pre-1987 Bianchi bike! Yes, you've got it ... think toe clips, brake cables, downtube shifters and woollen cycle kit! In the morning we will test the bikes and ensure they're as comfortable as possible ahead of L'Eroica. An extended morning coffee ride will see us test the bikes on the rolling hills of Chianti and on the Strade Bianche before enjoying a well-earned coffee stop in Gaiole and the chance to experience the pre - L'Eroica atmosphere and markets. I

  • Day 5 - Sunday 6 October

    L'Eroica Gaiole

    Course length : 209km / 130km / 78km / 46km / 32km

    After an early breakfast, we will arrive to the start area in the centre of Gaiole. It will feel like you have been catapulted back in time as you are surrounded by thousands of riders, on vintage bikes clad in vintage kit. The excitement will be growing and at 5.00am, the first riders cross the line for the longer courses 209km/103km. If you want to indulge in spirit of the ride then it will be an 8am start for 78km/46km and 9am start for the 32km course. Your best day ever on the bike is about to start. Whichever course you have chosen enjoy the L’Eroica experience. And don’t forget to stop at the feeding stations and taste the local specialties ... you will need them to make it to the finish and share your best moments with us.

  • Day 6 - Monday 7 October

    Departure

    All good things must come to an end. After a last cornetto and espresso (or cappuccino, or macchiato), the shuttle will take you back to the airport. Time to go home and share your L'Eroica stories (and photos) with your envious cycling friends!