Tuscany: L’Eroica

$6,950

White gravel roads. Vintage brakes. Downtube shifters and 23mm hand-sewn tires. Grey-haired old men in wool jerseys and goggles. Red wine and ribolita at rest stops. These are just some of the things that make Tuscany’s most iconic cycling event so memorable. Our founder, João Correia, said that l’Eroica was “the most fun he has ever had on a bicycle.”

The spirit of the day is palpably festive, the roads historic, unforgiving and rewarding, revealing the true nature of the sport in its glory days. This festival of vintage cycling 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. Of course, with inGamba, you don’t need to worry about any of that. We have event entries, and a fleet of vintage steeds waiting to be ridden, so you don’t have to source your own bike either. All you need to bring is plenty of enthusiasm – and a wool jersey, for style points.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Grevil+ Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Florence

Finish Location:

Florence

Days Riding:

8

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

610km

Total Elevation:

11,300m

Longest Day:

Day 7. L'Eroica. 209km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 7. L'Eroica. 3,700m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Il Giro del Barone

Benvenuti in Italia! Our first ride is an easy spin to shake off the cobwebs, but it’s also very pretty, heading south through the quiet Chianti countryside until San Giusto Alle Monache. There, we’ll loop back north, passing the stunning Castello di Brolio on the hill above San Regolo and finishing on our home climb up to Lecchi. This is the time to make sure everything with your bike is perfect – if something’s not quite right, let a mechanic or a guide know and we’ll be sure to fix it before the tough riding begins.
2

Castellina

This morning we will climb toward the town of Radda before turning to Castellina. The earliest definition – in 1716 – of the wine area of Chianti, Lega del Chianti, is the region we explore on today’s ride. This will be a day of truly incredible views from the bike, especially after our left turn in the town of Colombaio at 35km, where the roads open up to provide plenty of quintessentially Tuscan views.
3

Dudda

Although this region is always hilly, today’s ride includes more sustained climbing. After reaching the town of Panzano, we’ll start to really climb, rolling on some tiny roads with great views to the north towards Florence. After the summit, our Cima Coppi of the week, there’s a long, technical descent out of Albola that will test even the most-experienced riders. Don’t forget to enjoy the scenery.
4

Gargonza

Today’s ride takes us south towards Rapolano, an area just beside Crete Senesi that’s famous for its natural thermal spas and for the beauty of its rolling landscape. You can expect plenty of picturesque medieval towns and some stunning panoramic views along the way, but there’ll be some testing terrain too so this is much more than just a sightseeing loop. The day’s biggest climb comes just after the midway point, but it’s undulating throughout so you’ll need to manage the efforts carefully.
5

Siena

Today is a bit of a rest day on the bike as the group heads out on João’s traditional coffee shop ride. Expect gentle rolling hills and plenty of time for on-the-bike conversation or some horsing around by Raul as we make our way to Castelnuovo Berardenga. The famous battle of Monteaperti was fought here in 1260, and today the town is alive with a street market. Don’t forget to stash your Giordana cap in your jersey pocket.
6

Crete Senesi

Today’s ride will take you south toward the town of Montalcino where the rolling Tuscan clay-colored views of postcards will be in full effect. This is the Crete Senesi, a region known for its production of white truffles. The highlight of our ride is the ridge south of Arbia.
7

Terra Classica

Welcome to the preparations for l’Eroica. By now you’ve seen our mechanics working late into the night to prepare the vintage steel sleds for tomorrow’s big day. Whether you are doing the 46km course, the 205km course, or something in between, we need to spend some time before l’Eroica learning how these bikes ride and how they handle on the gravel roads. Be gentle. Treat your vintage bike with care and the two of you will glide over the sharp rocks and potholes with ease.
8

L'Eroica

Steel frame bikes with downtube shifters and toe-clips is not what most people think of when they imagine a bicycle event. However, the pageantry and tradition are what make l’Eroica perhaps our favorite day of the year. We treasure these white roads and often take detours on regular rides to make sure we hit some of the sections. They are often the highlights for many of our guests since they can’t experience these roads at home. Today we have the opportunity to take part in the event that has become a cult following. Whichever distance you decide to do, it will surely become the memory of a lifetime.
9

Depart for Home

Today is a travel day. We will arrange your transportation to Florence in time for your flight home.

BIKE OPTIONS

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820

PINARELLO GREVIL+

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Grevil+

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp

TIRES:

Vittoria

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite

BIDON:

Elite

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820