Tuscany L’Eroica Challenge Tours
Want to experience Tuscany by riding the famous Strade Bianche (white roads)? We are now offering guided Tuscany off-road & gravel bike tours in a fashion very similar to our self-guided tours – YOU name the dates of the tour. The below itinerary follows the longest course of L’Eroica, the famous vintage bicycle ride that attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the World : 205 km. – half on unpaved roads – across some of the most spectacular gravel roads of Tuscany, Chianti, Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi.
The 100 km of unpaved roads make it a real challenge for a vintage road bike, but at the same time ideal for this 6-day mountain bike tour.
A stunning way to combine a beautiful vacation with the passion of cycling, this tour is being led by our long-time Tuscany guide, Bruno Baldini. A native of Florence with a passion for the mountain bike, he knows every trail in the region like the back of his riding glove, and loves sharing his favorites. This is a guided tour, so Bruno will be with you the entire way.
In true OBT style we have put together a tour that is not too intimidating. The rides will be challenging, but don’t worry about hour after hour of technical single track. These trails and roads have been selected to challenge, but not break you. Rental bikes are available. All breakfasts and dinners are provided. Lunches are on your own, which you can enjoy finding in the small villages and cafes along the way.
See full itinerary below. We can customize as you wish. To see more about all of our Tuscany bike tours CLICK HERE.
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Service: Fully Guided and Supported.
Type of riding: Hilly with gravel road sections.
Bikes suggested: Mountain Bikes or well prepared road bikes
Average daily riding: 42km
Start city: Gaiole in Chianti, at 1 hour and a half drive from Florence
Finish city: Gaiole in Chianti, at 1 hour and a half drive from Florence
Suggested transport: Fly or train to Florence from anywhere.
We generally target 3 and 4-star hotels, which we hand select to maximize comfort while minimizing cost. The star rating is using a French rating system, which has proven to be the standard around the world. Therefore we use the same standards in France and beyond.
Over the years we have developed relationships with many amazing 3 and 4-star properties that distinguish themselves as providing much more than their rating suggests. We have loved getting to know these hotels and sharing them with our guests. For tour groups wishing to upgrade their accommodations, we can provide custom pricing for four and five-star hotels, pending availability. Below are an example of some of our favorite hotels in the region that we target using on our tours, pending availability.
|Buonconvento||Fattoria Pieve a Salti|
|San Giovanni d’Asso||La Locanda del Castello|
|Gaiole in Chianti||Castello di Spaltenna|
All bikes come with helmet, repair kit, pump (or CO2 cartridges), lock, and water bottles. During the registration process, you will be asked for sizing specifics to ensure we have the correct sized bike waiting for you. We can supply a number of styles of pedals – please ask if you don’t see the pedal type you’re looking for on the registration form.
Mountain Bikes: Our rental mountain bikes are hardtail with a front suspension. Perfect for the white roads if you’re not racing! Reach out to us if you’re interested in a road bike on the white roads. We have options.
- Type – Hardtail – 26 & 29 Inch
- Sizes – S, M, ML, L,and XL
- Components – Mixture of Shimano SLX with either triple or compact double cranksets.
Also, ask us about Road bike options.
- All hotel accommodations – mostly 3 and 4 star but ask for custom accommodation requests.
- An OBT cycling jersey!
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
- Meals as explained in the tour itinerary pages. Usually this means all breakfasts, no lunches, and some dinners.
- Detailed route notes, maps, and tourist information
- Outstanding routing instructions for all rides! This includes GPS course downloads for your GPS unit, traditional cue sheet, and written prose describing each turn and the surrounding area. These methods are then supported by a road map.
- Your personal guides, helping you with support vehicles. On road support will always be near. From greeting guests when they arrive, to handling luggage transfers, mechanical issues, etc – our guides assist guests in every way. They also set you up on your rental bikes, and can help with routing, and any other questions.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Transportation to start location and from finish location.
- Bikes, but we have rental bikes available.
- Travel and Health Insurance.
- Admission to sightseeing venues, unless explicitly mentioned as included.
Questions: First, please feel free to ask us any questions about the tour. We are happy to help clarify any details.
Registration: Once you are ready to register please go to https://outfittertours.com/registration/ and complete the registration form. EACH tour participant will need to complete the form. At the end of the registration for you will be asked for a US$800 deposit. You can pay the deposit by bank check, wire, or credit card. Once we have all registrations we will secure all of the details of your tour – hotels, bikes, etc.
Final Payment: 60 days prior to your tour we will invoice you for the balance of the tour.
Tour Packet Delivery: Once the balance is paid and approximately 30 days before your tour we will send you a complete tour packet containing all details of your tour – accommodation information, detailed routing, a suggested packing list, maps, tourist guide, and much much more!
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Day 1: Transfer from Florence to Gaiole in Chianti then ride to Siena – 42 km (8 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 650 m.
Ride across the vineyards of Chianti to the medieval city of Siena, passing the imposing castles of Meleto and Brolio. First stage of this bike tour begins with an easy climb on asphalt road towards the castle of Brolio with a short detour to the evocative castle of Meleto. A scenic gravel road through the vineyards of Chianti Classico will soon follow the picturesque ridge of rolling hills towards the famous medieval city of Siena. During the second part of the ride we’ll be riding a detour to the Monument of Montaperti, a scenic spot in the Senese countryside commemorating the bloodiest battle fought in medieval Italy with more than 10000 fatalities (mentioned even by Dante in his Divina Commedia).
Day 2 : Ride to Buonconvento – 41 km (18 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 300 m.
Today’s ride is along the picturesque rolling hills south of Siena with stunning openings over the Val d’Orcia. Riding out of Siena L’Eroica course will soon follow the ridge of scenic hills covered with green meadows with spectacular views over scenic Val d’Orcia, (recently declared World Heritage Site by U.N.E.S.C.O.), During the second part of the ride we’ll be visiting the cosy medieval hamlet of Murlo before reaching the medieval fortified village of Buonconvento.
Day 3: Ride to San Giovanni d’Asso – 51 km (30 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 800 m.
Pedal across the vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino to the scenic Crete Senesi passing the hilltop medieval town of Montalcino. Third stage of this bike tour starts with a gradual climb to the scenic medieval hilltop village of Montalcino. Riding across the vineyards where the worldwide famous Brunello di Montalcino wine is produced, we’ll eventually reach the village of Torrenieri. From there we’ll be cycling along the picturesque rolling hills of Crete Senesi to the beautiful medieval village of San Giovanni d’Asso, also known as “The City Of Truffle”.
Day 4: Ride to Asciano – 38 km. (19 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 300 m.
Ride across the scenic Crete Senesi to the village of Asciano Riding the gentle ridge of the hills L’Eroica returns to Buonconvento and then follows the Arbia river valley for about 12 km. northwards before entering the Ombrone river valley to the beautiful village of Asciano.
Day 5: Ride to Vagliagli – 42 km. (20 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 800 m.
Pedal from Crete Senesi to Chianti Classico passing Castelnuovo Berardenga and Pievasciata After 20 km. of gentle rolling hills across the Crete Senesi region, L’Eroica enters the so-called Chianti Senese, (the southernmost part of Chianti) at the beautiful medieval village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. From there scenic ups and downs across the vineyards to the picturesque medieval village of Vagliagli.
Day 6: Ride to Gaiole in Chianti – 41 km. (16 on unpaved roads) – total vertical: 900 m.
Ride across the vineyards of Chianti Classico to the starting point of the tour passing the medieval hilltop village of Radda in Chianti and the evocative medieval hamlet of Vertine.
Last stage of this tour begins with an exciting downhill across the vineyards followed by a gradual uphill to the medieval hilltop village of Radda in Chianti, a stunning panoramic spot over the hills of Chianti Classico. From there a scenic downhill on gravel road among the vineyards will lead us to the cosy medieval village of Gaiole in Chianti, (starting point of this bike tour), passing the evocative medieval hamlet of Vertine.
Day 7: Transfer from Gaiole in Chianti to Firenze – 2 hours drive
Grazie e arrivederci!