Cycling on the Eroica path

CYCLING ON THE EROICA PAHT

If you love cycling you have to do Eroica in your life!!

Cycling on the Eroica path has been running for twenty years on the white roads of Chianti in Tuscany.

This is not only a bicycle race but many things together.

It is a dip back in time, an environmental protection that has allowed to keep the roads unpaved and intact.

Many of the areas that make Tuscany the Tuscany of postcards

It is a Woodstock of vintage cycling. A series of ageless emotions where everything magically returns to black and white, where the jerseys are still those of coarse wool, the changes on the barrel, the bottles attached to the handlebars and the spare tires rolled up on the shoulders.

It was the cycling that was, that of dust, of ancient faces and big hands, of “hello mom” and of the gags of champions to the music-maker. 

Bartali and Coppi, Gino and Fausto two pieces of Italy against each other, a bit for fun and a bit seriously, in a head-to-head that has become history and that brings back with a touch of melancholy to the sweet controversies of once. Today is a whole different story.

The Eroica that has been run for twenty years on the hills of Tuscany, strictly with the bikes of the past, is made of 200 kilometers back in history. 

Two hundred kilometers of dirt roads that from Gaiole in Chianti to the Arbia valley, the Orcia valley reach Montalcino.

Cycling between farmhouses and vineyards. They have also become a way to save them. To preserve a heritage that the mayors would have gladly sacrificed for progress. Which means asphalt, perhaps faster roads, traffic, urbanization with all the pros and cons that it entails. 

It happened like this everywhere and it should have happened in these parts as well, but thanks also to nostalgic and somewhat obsessed cyclists, they have stood still over time.

My last consideration is about this amazing gravel roads:

“Strade Bianche”

Cycling on the Eroica path

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Where time seems to have stopped, where we can enjoy the magical moments discovering unique panoramas in the world. When you take a dirt road in a few meters you are engulfed by unspoiled nature. In my opinion this is an experience  to try at least once in a lifetime.

Meanwhile, the moment you try it you won’t be able to do without it ……

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Based on 96 reviews
Manuel König
Manuel König
08/03/2024
I rented the Canyon Gravel bike for the Strade Bianche and felt I had made the optimal choice. The booking process was very easy, Luigi is extremely kind, knowledgeable and helpful, the bikes are beautiful, perfectly maintained and adjusted to your needs and the price is more than fair compared to competitors. 5/5 stars. I would come back any time.
Silvia Dagnoli
Silvia Dagnoli
11/01/2024
Top! Professionalità e disponibilità al 100%. Ho preso una Canyon Gravel a noleggio, mi sono trovata molto bene.
William
William
03/12/2023
Very friendly, speaks good english. The bikes themselves are great. The bikes are nog insured by default.
Matthew Ng
Matthew Ng
04/10/2023
We had 5 excellent days of gravel riding (self guided Tuscany tour). The routes that Luigi provided us were a good mix of paved and gravel, and of course hills! The bikes (Canyon Grizl) were very nice and the luggage was always waiting for us at the next hotel. Luigi was accomodating, modifying the routes based on my requests. I would definitely recommend doing a trip with this company.
Robert Head
Robert Head
15/09/2023
The route was wonderful, with amazing scenery and history at every turn. Our guides, Sarah and Gigi were the best. They are both very accomplished and personable riders, provided interesting history of Tuscany during the tour, and emphasied safe riding while keeping everyone within sight. They are also great dinner companions!
James Twidale
James Twidale
05/09/2023
Luigi and BikeRiding Tuscany were an absolute pleasure to deal with. The bike was in incredible condition, delivered to my hotel and Luigi even arranged for a local mechanic to help with a small mechanical issue after my first ride. The experience from start to finish was brilliant. The communication friendly and quick. Simona was equally helpful on collection of the bicycle. I would love to join Luigi for a cycle tour as he seems very knowledgeable about the area and a good rider. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to explore Tuscany or Siena.
Mark Gatha
Mark Gatha
05/08/2023
Exceptional self guided tour. I highly recommend for all levels (but especially for a road cyclist). This is the tour company to book with! Bikes - excellent high end bikes. I rode a Canyon Ultimate CF SL Ultegra - light and fast and we'll tuned with new tires. My wife road the e-mountain bike which she really enjoyed. Routes - beautiful. We did 50-60km a day. Rapolano de Terme, Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and Castellini in Chianti. Varied terrain, vineyards, great climbs and beautiful medieval towns. Extremely well thought out. All on quiet roads. Hotels - all 3 and 4 stars with loads of character. The ones with pools were our favourites. All of the hotels were able to let us check in very early (it was hot so we rode as early as we could manage). Hotels all came with breakfast. Really great. Service - Luigi was a gem. Easy to contact, quick to communicate (before we came and during the tour) and passionate about cycling. He gave us a lot of great recommendations to help maximize our tour. I cannot say enough positive things about this trip and Bike Riding Tuscany. This was truly memorable. Highly recommended.
Bruce Jenkins
Bruce Jenkins
24/07/2023
I was on a trip around the world and stopped in Italy. A friend recommended BikeRidingTuscany to me for an unforgettable experience and it didn’t let down. They planned a custom 1 day gravel ride for me that took us from Rapolano Terme to Sienna and back. The pace was perfect and they were gracious with any requests for breaks or stops for water/food. I enjoyed myself so much that I extended my stay to do a run on the gravel amongst the beautiful sunflowers. If you’re adventurous, and seeking some safe fun riding, this is your team
greg luckos
greg luckos
16/07/2023
Great rental service! Nothing is a problem for Luigi. All bikes are set up tubless. Thank you

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