L’Eroica 2014 – September 27th – October 6th
Join us in September 2014 for the vintage Eroica event. Beginning back in 1997 with just 82 participants, the event now attracts 5,000 participants from around the world. The event was formed through a love of cycling that is instilled in many Italians, it also highlights the need to safeguard the white gravel roads of Tuscany which the event takes place on. Our Eroica trip showcases the best of Tuscany and it’s unbeatable riding, we spend 10 nights in this stunning location with daily guided rides on the quiet, scenic roads. This 10 day itinerary rolls over central Tuscany’s unparalleled landscapes and finishes with our participation in one of Italy’s most celebrated cycling events – L’Eroica ( The Hero )
Our trails lead us to discover the best of Tuscany: World Heritage listed landscapes; classic hilltop towns; traditional food and wine; and unforgettable cycling experience. It is Italian cycling and culture at its best.
L’ Eroica L’Eroica is an annual cycling event that has achieved cult status in Italy and abroad. Staged in the countryside of the Chianti – the prestigious area between two great cities Florence and Siena – the occasion captures the essence of cycling and particularly for the love of the sport at the heart of the spectacle. As one would expect of an event titled “The Hero” the route provides a genuine sporting challenge – 205km of hilly terrain on both paved and unpaved roads. Scaled down versions of the long ride are also offered to participants – 135km and 38km options. Due to its now infamous popularity the event is capped for 5,000 participants, making it one of the most prestigious events on the international cycling calendar. The event also plays host to one of the most important markets for bike memorabilia in the world. For those passionate about cycling or wanting to experience the best of Italian cycling and culture it is an opportunity not to be missed.
Day 1:Saturday 27th September – Tuscany – Trequanda Countryside Arrive independently at Trequanda countryside accommodation – our base for 3 nights. The family owned and operated accommodation sits on a 336 hectare wine estate, with its origins dating back over 500 years. The surrounding area is a cycling oasis, offering a seemingly endless variety of quiet country back roads within some of Italy’s most extraordinarily special countryside. Meals: D
Day 2: Sunday 28th September – The Crete Our introduction to riding in Tuscany takes us to the landscapes of the Crete. A territory of unique beauty, it is sometimes referred to as the Tuscan desert in reference to the barren environment. Its rolling landscapes provide the quintessential Tuscan riding experience – winding along hill crests connecting ancient farmhouses and tiny medieval villages. Meals: B; D
Day 3: Monday 29th September – Hilltop Town Ride Today’s riding excursion leads us to the beautiful renaissance hilltop towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. Travelling on almost silent back-roads riders experience a diversity of landscape that could best be described as perfection. Typically the terrain is undulating, with the climbs to hilltop towns providing riders with the reward of an Italian coffee and unparalleled views stretching into Southern Tuscany. Meals: B; D
Day 4: Tuesday 30th September – Montalcino Today’s riding excursion unravels in the Classic Tuscan hilltop town of Montalcino – our base for the next 3 nights. World famous for its exceptional red wines, it sits high upon a lofty scenic ridge surrounded by vineyards dedicated to the production of its wine. Immersing within medieval atmosphere of Montalcino, we discover its ancient surrounds and the admirable simplicity of its local life. Here we stay in a small traditional family operated hotel that offers breathtaking views over the Val d’Orcia. Meals: B
Day 5: Wednesday 1st October – Red Wine Trail Today’s riding excursion is into the heart of the World Heritage listed landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Over the course of our days riding we visit the ancient thermal village of Bagno Vignoni; climb to the castle topped village of Castiglione d’Orcia; and finish with a memorable lunch in a wine cellar on the outskirts of Montalcino. The lunch includes the town’s most famous wine – Brunello di Montalcino. Meals:B; L
Day 6: Thursday 2nd October – Mont Amiata We ride today to the summit of Mont Amiata. Rising 1732m above sea level it dominates the landscape of Southern Tuscany, overlooking the poetic Val d’Orcia and wild environs of the Maremma. A challenging climb with long and steep stretches, it has previously featured in the Giro d’Italia. Meal: B
Day 7:Friday 3rd October – The Chianti Today we ride to the Chianti – our base for the final 3 nights of the trip. An area of unspoilt natural beauty and rich cultural traditions it is Italy’s most recognisable wine zones. It also provides some of Tuscany’s best cycling opportunity, perhaps none more so than the much heralded terrain of the Eroica. We stay in a charming accommodation in the historic village of Gaiole – central venue of the Eroica event. Meals: B; D
Day 8: Saturday 4th October – L’Eroica Festival Today emphasis is given to experiencing activities and exhibitions attached with the event, reinforcing that the L’Eroica experience is much more than a bike ride. The day’s itinerary will also include the option of an easy ride following breakfast, as well as a sports massage in the afternoon. Meals:B
Day 9:Sunday 5th October – The Eroica Today we step back into ‘the golden age of Italian cycling’. Starting and ending from the historic centre square of Gaiole Chianti, you pedal along with 5,000 other cyclists experiencing all the passion of L’Eroica. The day also ties in another great tradition of the Chianti – the annual grape harvest. Needless to say the wine flows freely at the post-race pasta party. For competitors and spectators alike this day is a one-a-kind experience. – Meals:B;L;D
Day 10:Monday 6th October – Departure transfer to Florence station Meals: B