Cycling on the Eroica path


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 90 reviews
Mark Gatha
Mark Gatha
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
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
Great rental service! Nothing is a problem for Luigi. All bikes are set up tubless. Thank you
Sarah Caputo
Sarah Caputo
We had an incredible day of cycling through the Tuscan countryside with Luigi. He was absolutely amazing - he picked us up at the train station, took us to his workshop where he gave me a fantastic bike (Canyon), and we set off for a magical day in the countryside. Luigi planned an incredible route and was our knowledgeable host and guide through the ride, constantly making sure that my brother and I were doing well and having fun. I spent nearly 2 weeks in Italy, and this was the highlight, and can't wait to return and do a longer trip with him. The entire day was so memorable, thanks to Luigi!
Rebecca Sadler
Rebecca Sadler
So easy and flexible! Luigi the bike shop owner, really cares for his bikes and chooses the very best. He is so very flexible with the rental times and the bikes run like a charm! To top things off Luigi is just a really nice guy :)
Valentina Picasso
Valentina Picasso
Mio marito ed io, abbiamo conosciuto Luigi perché abbiamo noleggiato da lui delle gravel per avventurarci sulle strade bianche dell’Eroica. Da subito siamo rimasti sorpresi dall’alta qualità delle biciclette, cosa non scontata quanto effettui un noleggio – spesso trovi biciclette di scarsa qualità e maltenute. Data la sua grande disponibilità nel condividere informazioni ed indicazioni abbiamo anche avuto modo di capire quanto sia una risorsa preziosa per organizzare prossimamente un bike tour guidato. Infatti , come spesso accade a chi non nasce in un luogo dandolo per scontato, Luigi conosce i percorsi più belli da percorrere in bici che ci ha descritto con tale dovizia di particolari e di passione da farci percepire quale debba essere l’emozione nel seguirlo su tali percorsi. Torneremo presto per condividere nuove emozioni, scenari ed avventure.
Taco Wallin
Taco Wallin
We had an amazing time with Gigi & Sara in Tuscany!! They are so fun & took great care of us. Tuscany was stunning. Besides cycling, we had 3 evenings of cooking lessons with fantastic chef Luisa. It was a perfect vacation! Highly recommend. We’ll be signing up for more tours with them.
Mirella Genziani
Mirella Genziani
Wonderful day out, great guiding by Sara
Hans ten Brug
Hans ten Brug
Nice bikes, very well maintained, good service and nice people!

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