September 25- October 3
Kilometers on the white sand. Vintage brakes, 28mm hand-sewn tires and downtube shifters. White-haired old men in wool jerseys and goggles. Red wine and ribolita at rest stops.
João has called l’Eroica “the most fun he has ever had on a bicycle” and there’s a good reason; the spirit of the day is palpably festive, the roads historic, unforgiving and rewarding. Consider this an invitation to ride straight into cycling’s yesteryear – a kind of historical re-enactment that reveals the true nature of the sport in its glory days.
The world-renowned spectacle known as l’Eroica sportive has come to be recognized as one of the most significant and unique cycling events in the world. All participants must ride a pre-1987 bicycle and are encouraged to wear vintage cycling gear. Every year, the event sells out in a heartbeat as Italians and foreigners alike scramble to secure their spot on the famed pre-dawn start line in Gaiole.
Your inGamba l’Eroica experience includes registration to the sold-out event, plus vintage bicycles and shoes for the ride. With routes between 35km and 205km, there is room for varying levels of effort and ambition, but whichever route you choose, you’ll experience the classic Tuscan white roads, challenging hills and breathtaking scenery. It’s truly an heroic event, the experience of a lifetime.
In the week leading up to the event, you’ll enjoy the classic inGamba Chianti experience; we’ll stay in Lecchi, roll through picturesque Tuscan villages on top-of-the-line 2016 Pinarellos (trust us, you’ll thank us for sparing you the vintage bike until l’Eroica), descend through vineyards and olive groves, linger over coffee stops, ride the famous white roads, and climb our way to a hearty appetite.
About the eating: It is often said that it’s hard to find a bad meal in Tuscany. That’s true enough, but also doesn’t go far enough for inGamba. We want only the sublime meals — the best of the best, and, what’s more, the ones still hidden from guidebooks. We dine in the region’s top-secret restaurants, and at friends’ homes for a taste of incredible local cuisine.
And this is Chianti, after all: We’re just a few pedal strokes away from where the famous wine was first produced by Barone Ricasoli in the late 19th Century. On a recent trip, we went through 23 different types of wines. No, that’s not bottle numbers.
When off the bike and away from the table, we’ll be taking insider tours of Siena — a few local wineries as well as some surprises, like a private sampling at renowned Sienese baker Il Magnifico.
Images and Press
In 2013, writer and photographer Heidi Swift joined us for the event. Her photographs landed in the peloton magazine photo annual—and an inGamba guest ended up making the cover of the issue. Read more about the story behind the cover photo on our blog and visit her site for more photos from the day.
Renowned cycling photographers—and frequent inGamba guests—Jered and Ashley Gruber captured the event in 2012; check out their images on Cycling Tips.
As with all inGamba trips, you can expect to be cared for with the same personal attention reserved for world-class professional cyclists. For details about our bikes, soigneurs, mechanics and overall approach to creating the most carefully curated cycling experience available, please read about Our Mission.