GRAVEL BIKE on the Eroica path
Gravel bike day trip is an amazing experience leading you through the path of the most famous gravel roads around Siena. The tour starts from Rapolano Terme riding on the gravel road that climbs to Monte Sante Marie until Siena or either the Chianti Area .
What is Eroica : The Eroica Strade Bianche (“Heroic race of the white roads”) was created in 1997 as a recreational bike race for vintage bikes only, on the white gravel roads around Siena , an event that is still held annually the day after the professional race.
L’Eroica is actually the name of the most famous non competitive vintage bike race inspired by classic cycling in black and white told in the newspapers of the early ‘900 up to more recent times By convention the year 1987 was chosen as the borderline between classical cycling and modernity. The Eroica events may only be entered with Heroic Bicycles or Vintage Style Bicycles which have specified characteristics. For Heroic Bikes (or Vintage Bicycles ) we mean all road racing bikes built until 1987 included both with gearbox and without gearbox, such as those built in the late 1800s or early 1900s.The white gravel roads, characteristic of the tuscan countryside, provide the unique character of the race. They are usually country lanes called strade bianche or sterrati in Italian, twisting through the hills and vineyards of the Chianti region.The longest and most arduous sectors are the ones in Lucignano d’Asso (9.5 km) and Asciano (11 km).Some of the dirt roads are flat, other sections include steep climbs and winding descents, testing riders’ climbing abilities and bike handling skills. Riders who take three Strade Bianche titles have a sector of gravel road named after them. Fabian Cancellara is the first rider with a stretch named in his honour: sector 8, an 11.5 km section at Monte Sante Marie.With the modern Gravel bikes you have the opportunity to fully enjoy these roads thanks to their adaptability, versatility and ruggedness that make them the perfect commuter bike, an ideal light touring or audax bike, a great winter training bike, or simply one bike that can tackle any sort of terrain you care to take it along.
All inclusive fee for each itinerary
2-3 people: Euro 170/each
4-5 people: Euro 140/each
6-8 people: Euro 130/each
9-25 people: Euro 110/each
Bike rental hybrid or Gravel Bike & equipment
Van service for transfer and support
cold water available
Note: Point of departure is flexible depending on clients’ accommodation. If you are farther away from the point of departure, feel free to ask us for a custom-made itinerary to suit your location or any other special needs you may have
Day trips are arranged for a minimum of 3 people
If you are only 2 persons we can arrange a loop from Rapolano Terme or from your location ( flexible ) , no van service, with bike rental & equipment + bike guidance.
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