Strade Bianche Bike Tour From Val d'Orcia to Eroica town Gaiole in Chianti . The famous white road in Tuscany These dusty white roads are one of the biggest dating locations for professional racers, with steep slopes and full-blown attacks at every bend. Strade Bianche in Tuscany is indeed a special place because of the ever-changing panorama of the area, and if you like gravel riding, then the quality wine makes it a must-see. Strade Bianche means "white road" in Italian. It comes from the color of dry limestone rubble, which emits fine white dust that is along the track.
Explore the route of the Strade Bianche professional competition. We put together this self guided Bike Tour selecting the more appropriate unpaved sections , choosing the more suitable unpaved part from the race and Eroica itinerary. The permanent route of L'Eroica is a unique experience that allows you to remember the adventure of L'Eroica for a lifetime. The traditional L'Eroica route starts in the village of Gaiole in Chianti and covers some of the most beautiful roads in the areas of Chianti and Siena, winding between historic vineyards and leading to the cypress-lined Castello di Brolio and Corte Pavone entrances.
“L’Eroica invite cyclists to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest. We look to the past of cycling to inspire the future of this beautiful sport”
After all relax yourself in the charming Tuscan resorts......
Choose between Gravel E-bike and Gravel Bike , as you prefer !
This is a Self Guided Tour where you'll have the freedom to choose your time without a local expert cyclist !
Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in double rooms in a charming Tuscan resorts on double occupancy
- Full Cyclist Breakfast
- High Quality Cycle ( Gravel or E-Bike )
- Car Support on request in case of problems ( a car will pick you and bring you at home )
- Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
- Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
- Garmin with tracks or tracks if you have your own
- All Baggage transfers
- Pick-up of bikes and gear in Castellina
- Taxes and VAT
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
- Mandatory Travel Insurance for Cyclists and Travel Insurance Bike / EUR 50 per person
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Wine, alcoholic beverages , long drinks, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Cover the mountain trails of L'Eroica, a worlwide recognized vintage bicycle race in Tuscany
- Old wine cellars, excellent taste of Tuscan wines, from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Brunello di Montalcino.
- Experience the quite of the Tuscan countryside and taste the flavor of authentic home made pasta .
- Explore the undulating white gravel roads of the famous Strade Bianche Tuscany and immerse yourself in Italy's most classic local sport of cycling
- Experience the Tuscan famous food and wine
Tours 3 Distance 160 km Elevation 2,290 m
Meeting Point in Pienza , welcome and ride a bike , the purest Renaissance in the world. Pienza is the "perfect town", an outstanding representative of Renaissance town planning. If you don’t know much about the beautiful architecture, you can stroll through its cobblestone streets. The first short bike ride to the spa town of Bagno Vignoni and the chapel of Madonna di Vita Leta, which dates back to Roman times 25 kilometers / 15 miles away 12 km of asphalt and 13 km of gravel-easy to medium
Your tour will depart from Pienza. Spring brings red poppies to the vibrant Tuscan green wheat fields, and the blooming flowers are more splendid than the mountains of the UNESCO-listed Val d'Orcia. When we walk through a corridor surrounded by cypress trees, the scene may look familiar from movies such as "Gladiator" and "The English Patient". Follow the gravel roads through timeless Tuscany and enjoy a cup of espresso at La Foce, overlooking the road we just conquered. At lunch time, you will come to Montepulciano, a gem of southern Tuscany, full of Renaissance palaces. After relaxing for a while, stop in the typical Tuscan hill town of Monticchiello and return to Pienza. 51 km 31.5 miles away 17 kilometers of asphalt and 34 kilometers of gravel-medium difficulty
To get to Montalcino from Pienza, we chose Lucignano d'Asso and Pieve a Salti from Eroica race sections roads . You leave Pienza, then drive on a 6 km paved road, follow the white road towards Cosona, and arrive at the small village of Lucignano -in the small shop Emporio Espresso- coffee is a must. After reaching the paved road, you only need to ride for one kilometer, and then start another Eroica race section gravelling to Pieve a Salti , such a beautiful landscape with 9 kilometers up and down in the countryside !! Arrive at Buonconvento at lunch time.
L'Eroica (meaning "The Heroic") is a celebration of the golden age of bicycles. The event is held in October every year, and thousands of strong cyclists will go back in time, travelling through the original bicycles of the past and driving on these gravel roads. Heavy steel bicycles with down-tube gear levers and impossible transmission ratios .
Today, we will participate in one of the most beautiful gravel areas in L'Eroica to experience the heroic origin of cycling. From the center of Brunello di Montalcino, the most famous wine region in Tuscany, ride to the top Passo del Lume Spento. Actually started the Castiglion del Bosco gravel section. Castiglion del bosco is the largest Brunello winery and farm owned by the famous Italian fashion designer Ferragamo. After arriving in Bibbiano, another area called la Piana, after 30 kilometers then cafés and visiting Murlo!
Soon, you will face another legendary Eroica part of Radi, with some steep and short up and down movements. In Ville di Corsano, you should enjoy a light meal. From here, you can reach the last 12 kilometers of the secondary paved road to Siena. Distance 56 km / 35 miles 32 kilometers of asphalt and 24 kilometers of gravel-medium challenge
Today's destination is the town where Eroica started. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, head to the magical Chianti. You will leave from Pieve a Bozzone and Vico d'Arbia through a gravel road crossing the wheat fields, and then enter the vineyards of this famous wine region area . After 15 kilometers arrive at Pianella. You'll ride through the classic Chianti vineyards, several castles and ancient hilltop hamlets ! After cycling 38 kilometers (mainly gravel), lunch time in Radda in Chianti.
Relax.. You still miss only 8 kilometers along Eroica itineray to Gaiole in Chianti. The final stage of gravel: San Donato and Vertine in Perano are great and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. 46 kilometers/28.5 miles away 16 kilometers of asphalt and 30 kilometers of gravel-medium challenge
Today you'll exploring all the villages and small villages in Chianti Senese. Start with the "Spanish Castle" in Gaiole and reach Castello di Brolio after 10 kilometers. Here, coffee in the bar in front of the brewery is a must: all cyclists, locals and tourists want to get there. After you can enter the gravel area of Eroica, very short, then you will drive on a very unforgettable scenic trail until Castelnuvo Berardenga.
It is worth a visit, if you have lunch there, there are many options to choose from. Back in the saddle, encounter other small gems: San Gusmé and Sesta villas. Return to Brolio: To return to Gaiole, you have 2 options. A downhill and flat road is very easy, or uphill to Castagnoli and downhill to Castello di Meleto. Tonight, you should enjoy a Michelin star dinner: at the il Pievano hotel. 54 kilometers/33.5 miles away 44 kilometers of asphalt, 10 kilometers of gravel-medium difficulty