L'Eroica & Tuscany
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Join us on a ride of historical proportions and take your chance to be part of one of the world's greatest cycling events - L'Eroica (literally, 'The Heroic'). Conceptualised in 1997, by the visionary Giancarlo Brocci, as a means of protecting Tuscany's fabled 'strade bianche' (white gravel roads) from being paved, the ride can normally only be entered via a lottery system.
We have the good fortune of being able to get guaranteed entries. Our hosts for the tour, Elisa and Sandro, have long been involved with the event and have hosted Giancarlo on many occasions at their atmospheric agriturismo, Il Molinello. Situated in the heart of the crete senese and on the proverbial doorstep of the 'strade bianche' Il Molinello provides the perfect base for our tour.
In the lead up to the main event we will give you chance to acclimatise to the challenges posed by the strade bianche whilst also incorporating other elements such as a Brunello tasting, a visit to Siena and exploratory rides in cycling pearls such as Val d'Orcia and the Chiantigiana. On the day itself you can choose how 'Heroic' you want to be with 4 ride options available - 38km, 75km, 135km or 205km.
The rules are that must ride on a pre-1987 steel frame bike with 'rat trap' pedals, down tube shifters, and exposed cables, wearing woollen jerseys, and fuelled by decadent Italian food and wine! Vintage bikes are available if you do not own one.
Join us on this cycling odyssey leading up to what is known as the 'most handsome race in the world' and finish it all off with a massage and a gala dinner at the 12th century Modanello castle. Note we are also able to accommodate non riders on this tour with a full program of non riding options available.
- 4 Days
- Tour Type:
- Road Bike
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- EUR 1395
Tour Distance & Dates
- 4th Oct 2019
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Accommodation and breakfast
Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers
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