Single day bike tour
Single day walking tour
biking in Chianti
is mostly hilly, with altitudes not exceeding 500-600 metres, with
the exception of Monte S. Michele which is 892m. For various reasons
the Chianti region has remained intact for centuries and is known
throughout the world for the red wine Chianti Classico..
Route 1: Greve in Chianti Montefioralle Badia a Passignano Panzano in Chianti Lamole Greve in Chianti.
Route 2: Greve in Chianti Panzano in Chianti Volpaia - Badia a Montemuro S.Michele Greve in Chianti.
The race of "L'Eroica"
Dirt roads, vintage bicycles and a tradition of competition
This unique yearly race has already achieved cult status, further emphasizing the Chiantis role as cycling haven. Launched and promoted by the above-mentioned Associazione Parco Ciclistico del Chianti, the Eroica maters less for its outcome than for the love of the sport at heart of this spectacle. On this day cycling takes a leap into the past, when dust, mud, sweat and courage split Italy into two faction, each cheering on the rival champions Coppi and Bartali.
Spectators are able to relive the excitement of raw athletic competition and admire vintage bicycles and cycling jerseys whit competitors pedal with space tubes slung around their necks as in days of yore.
The Chiantis dirt roads are the real protagonists of the race, simultaneously symbolising a more humane means of travelling and an ecologically intact environment. The competitors sweat and suffer while wearing the satisfied smile of participating in a pure athletic challenge.
The race covers over one hundred kilometres of primarily unpaved road (although a shorter circuit is also offered) departing from and returning to Gaiole in Chianti. No mountain bikes or modern bicycles are allowed: the objective is to be able to admire vintage bicycles and jerseys. The racers are trailed by an entourage of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Eroica race is usually held during the final week-end in September, just as the grape harvest is under way. Either as a participant or a spectator, the Eroica race is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to relive the long-lost innocence of cycling.
The "long" course is 205 km and is marked with permanent signs, installed from Siena Provincial Council and Siena Tourism Agency.
There are arrows indicating the right directions at all crossings and signs indicating the distance to the nearest towns every 5 km.
The signs cover both the "long" and "medium" (135 km) courses, while the "short" and "cyclotouristic" courses are not covered.
In all maps, the paved roads are light blue and gravel roads are red; green marks the linking sections to "close" the medium and cyclotouristic courses.
View the altimetry of long/medium courses
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