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Gusto Cycling offers a minimum of a 3 night/ 4 day package in a variety of high quality hotels , castles , wine estates, agriturismo and apartments located in Gaiole in Chianti or Radda in Chianti to a wine estate 18km away from Gaiole

Extra nights to make a week long holiday in the Chianti region is easily arranged or for that matter a 2 centre break in 2 different locations within Tuscany region again can be arranged.

The L’eroica ride event takes place on Sunday 2nd October 2016 in Gaiole, Chianti a small town located between Florence and Siena
its perfectly located to enjoy the breathtaking views of the countryside and its many vineyards which you can easily visit as you cycle through the region. There are many unique features and highlights to look forward to with your partner, group of friends or a family reunion.

If you do not have a vintage bike to bring do not worry my mechanic Stefano has over 40 vintage bikes and we rent them on a first come first basis and we still have bikes to rent if interested.

Maps and Routes

Cycle Through Amazing Tuscan Countryside – Book on to L’Eroica 2016!

Book for l'eroica 2016

The route winds through stunning Tuscan countryside near Siena and the sections on the white roads or farm tracks takes you back to what it must have been like racing in the 40’s and 50’s. Going Vintage is a great way to savour the camaraderie of cycling The charm of this event remains unchanged and every year it sees the participation of numerous people from all over the world. Click Here

L'eroica Bikes

In 2015, 5,000 riders from all over the world descended onto Gaiole in Chianti. What matters for L’Eroica is the love for cycling and the rediscovery of roads that haven’t been violated by time and asphalt. Routes that cross the lovely hills of the Sienese landscape. There are four routes available to participants: the longest is 205 km of which 110km is on unpaved roads: the second winds along at 135Km, of which 70km of unpaved roads: the third is 75km, of which 35km are on unpaved roads. The selection concludes with the shortest route of 38km, of which 10km is on unpaved roads.

L'eroica cyclists

The departure is also staggered, depending on the route chosen:at 5am for those who have selected the longest route to 8.30am for those doing the third and fourth routes.

Features of L’Eroica

Here are some of the outstanding features of L’Eroica 2016 that makes it imperative for every cyclist to participate in the event:

L'eroica Vintage Tuscany Cycling Event(1) Route – the permanent route that you’ll have to take to Tuscany is filled with adventure, fun, and of course nature. You will be refreshed, rejuvenated and thrilled by the end of your journey. Added to this, you will be provided with various information by GustoCycling, the travel and service partners of the event, to make your holiday memorable.

1000 Places Available for Non-Italians(2) Rewards – the best reward would be the adventure that you are going to be experiencing. Other than this, you get the recognition of completing the event . Besides, you get to have the feeling of satisfaction for you would have supported a good cause and helped to preserve the Italian cycling tradition.

Tuscany Biking Event(3) Peers – participants of L’Eroica are not limited to any specific place. When you attend such a globally recognized event, you get to meet people and make friends from all parts of the world. You can establish many personal friendships along the way and feel very much part of the event as everyone is dressed in period clothes.

L'eroica 2016 Sponsor(4) Sponsors – the event has grown to now encompse a number of Iconic Italian heritage brands such as Brooks and Bianchi steadily gaining increased popularity as the years are progressing. This has attracted a lot of smaller sponsors to invest with a large cycle jumble offering all types of bikes and components and even vintage clothes will exhibit their products all giving a wonderful relaxed atmosphere..

Food Stand at L'eroica Tuscany event

The most significant positive feature of the event is that Gusto Cycling is a major travel partner of the event. Providing guaranteed places and offering a wide range of accommodation choice from castles, to 15th century palazzo’s to wine estates and farmhouses Starting from good facilities . With the L’Eroica event happening in Oct 2016, it is vital you quickly get registered!” Click here to see what is this event really like?

L’EROICA (french version) from Edouard Sepulchre on Vimeo.

Transportation

Airport/ Train Information cycle trip L’Eroica & Chianti 2016

Airport information

Florence international Airport is named after one of the most famous Italians : Amerigo Vespucci. There is no train connection with the airport to the city. From Florence railway station there are good connections to all kinds of cities in Italy. The airport is lies only four kilometers away from Florence. Shuttle buses leaving every 30 minutes. Florence airport is only 80 kilometres away from the airport of Pisa, Galileo Galilei.

Pisa Airport is two kilometres from Pisa and 80 kilometres from Florence. You can find the train station just outside the terminal. Pisa Airport lies directly on the highway Florence-Pisa-Livorno. Because the airport is so close to the city a ride to the center of Pisa does not take more than ten minutes. Both airports are the gateway to Tuscany, one of the most popular holiday areas in Italy.

There are many flights:for example to/from Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Zurich and many more very important cities from all around the Globe.

The airport of Pisa handles many budget airline companies like Ryanair/Easyjet or Transavia. See their websites:

Florence – www.florenceairport.com
Pisa – www.pisaairport.com

Trains

There are many trains in Tuscany from Florence or Pisa Airport or Lucca to Siena.

See website:

Italian Railway company – Trenitalia.com

L’Eroica celebrates it’s 20th anniversary in 2016!

Gusto Cycling is a key travel partner of L’eroicaand are able to provide Guaranteed registrations and offer a wide range of accommodation from Castles, Wine Estates, Agriturismo to excellent quality 4 star hotels. The event starts and finishes in Gaiole in the heart of Chianti in Tuscany.

Packages are based on arrival FRIDAY 30 September 3 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast in a range of wine estates, agriturismo to quality 4 and 5 star hotels Guaranteed Registration to participate in either the 38, 75, 135 or 205km route.

Gusto Cycling will provide onsite support at the L’eroica 2016 event so you have everything taken care of. We will have a stand at the event throughout the weekend to meet and greet the Gusto team, collect your welcome pack, registration details and offer mechanical assistance at the stand as we have our own mechanic. If required i can also supply for rent vintage bikes to participate which meets the strict criteria of the event rules of participation.

Gusto Cycling will provide Pre L’eroica information including routes and advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

History of L’Eroica Tuscany

L’Eroica started in 1996 because of one man, Giancarlo Brocci, who admired the values of a past cycling so much that he wanted to reconnect others to the heritage that inspired much Italian history, literature, culture, and music. The main intent of organizing L’Eroica is to protect and uphold the heritage Tuscany’s “Strade Bianchi” white roads. Since 1997 the event has since grown with increasing number of people from all over the world converging on this little town to support the event every year. It has now become an epitome of clean cycling, environment preservation and of having a lifestyle that aids nature and sustainability. L’Eroica’s organizers make it a point to keep even non-participants informed and make them aware about the advantages of environmental friendly attitudes and habits. This shows the establishment’s commitment towards spreading the good word rather than just promoting their event.

The Gusto Cycling Support team – Emanuele, Massimo & Marco

 

L'eroica support team from Gusto Cycling

Please be aware that only 1,500 places are available for non-Italians, with Gusto Cycling you can have piece of mind if you book early you will be guaranteed places. L’Eroica is a vintage bike event with an amazing, unique atmosphere, full of colour and traditions of a bygone age.

Here are the packages available for L’Eroica Tuscany 2016 – based on 30 September – 3 nights bed and breakfast

I have based it on 2 registrations per room double/twin…obviously there is a reduction if only 1 registration is required…I am offering guaranteed registrations and accommodation.

L’Eroica 2016 Packages

Palazzo Leopoldo www.palazzoleopoldo.it – 4 ROOMS LEFT!

Palazzo Leopoldo, Radda Palace, Chanti, Tuscany

Beautiful 14C 4 star Tuscan palace located in Radda In Chianti 8km from Gaiole..Palazzo LEOPOLDO…4 STAR hotel very historical 15th C building.

Radda in Chianti is a beautiful medieval town enclosed in large defensive walls. Located up on a hill between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa….here for non cyclists there is a lot more to do and see and the feed station is on the 75km & 205km route and comes through Radda!

 

 

The Roof Terrace of Tuscan Palace, Chanti
I have been sending guests to this property for the last 5 years. Package includes:

– Arrival Friday 30th September – 3 nights bed in a Classic room with buffet breakfast

– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 38 75 135 or 205km route

– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance

– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advise throughout the year leading up to the event.

Cost £947 for superior room

 

Classic Double Room 20 sqm – Free parking, mineral water from the fridge and wifi

Charming and spacious double bedroom, furnished in style with original cotto pavements. Some of them have roof with wooden beans. All the Classic rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning.

Bathroom with hydromassage shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug.

Double Superior 25 sqm – Free parking, mineral water from the fridge and wifi

Charming, spacious and light double bedroom, furnished in style with original cotto pavements. Some of them have roof with wooden beans. All the Superior rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, armchair, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning.

Bathroom with hydromassage shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug.

Double Deluxe 35 sqm – Free parking, mineral water from the fridge and wifi – Panoramic view of the Chianti hill

Charming, spacious and light double bedroom, furnished in style with original cotto pavements. Some of them have roof with wooden beans or with frescoes. All the Deluxe rooms are very comfortable, some of them have entrance room and panoramic view. All they have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, armchair, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning.

Bathroom with hydromassage shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug.

Bedroom in Radda, Book for L'eroica 2016 eventSuperior Room

Charming and spacious double bedroom, furnished in style with original cotto pavements. Some of them have roof with wooden beans. All the Classic rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning. Bathroom with hydromassage shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug.

 

Ultimo Mulino – www.ultimomulino.it – 1 ROOM LEFT!

This small 4 star hotel located 4km from Gaiole is situated in the green of the Chianti, the result of a careful restoration of an old mill of 1400. Everything has been conceived and designed with the sole intent of keeping the original atmosphere of this wonderful country cottage: stone walls, ceilings with exposed beams and terracotta floors! Do not miss the opportunity to stay at this little gem of hotel in the center of one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany, Chianti.

All the rooms have been designed with the right attention to detail in respect of the atmosphere of years gone by. The hotel rooms range from standard to superior to the finest suite and are all equipped with the usual comforts of a 4 star hotel: heating, minibar, air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, hairdryer and safe.

– Arrival Friday 30th September – 3 nights bed in superior room with buffet breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 38 75 135 or 205km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advise throughout the year leading up to the event.

Cost £996 in Deluxe room in total for 2 persons.

Bedroom in Ultimo Mulino Hotel

Comfortable double bedroom, furnished in typical Tuscan style with cotto pavements, wooden beans and details of stone in the walls. All the Classic rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, arm chair, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning. Bathroom with shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug.

This end of season event has a unique atmosphere thanks to the sections of Tuscan dirt roads and because most of the riders use vintage bikes and wear old style wool clothing.

 

 
 

PALAZZO SAN NICCOLO’(25 sqmt, with view on the centre of Radda) Located in the very centre of Radda In Chianti 8km from Gaiole in Chianti….

Elegant, spacious and comfortable double bedroom, furnished in style with modern services with cotto pavements. All the Superior rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, arm chair, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safebox, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating and air conditioning.

Bathroom in marble with hydromassage shower or bathtub, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer and American plug. Room amenities: Air conditioning, Telephone with external line, Dogs allowed, Hair dryer, Hydromassage bath, Laundry service, Internet access (WiFi), Mini Bar, Private bathroom & WC, Safe box , Desk, LCD TV , Satellite TV.

– Arrival Friday 30th September – 3 nights bed in superior room with buffet breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 38 75 135 or 205km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advise throughout the year leading up to the event.

Costs from £829 in total – 3 ROOMS LEFT!

In Gaiole in Chianti – 3 bed apartment, sleeps 8 (with s/b)

the town house apartment is set in the Chianti Hills just 30 mins from Siena in Borgo di Gaiole and only a short walk away from the village and all your holiday needs. The Borgo offers the best of old and new. Built in traditional Tuscan architectural style with solid stone walls, chestnut beams and terracotta floors, the Borgo also benefits from air conditioning/central heating, double glazing, internet services, launderette, a well equipped gym and an architect designed large pool; together with secure underground parking with lift access.

The accommodation benefits from private south facing gardens with lovely views over the village fully furnished for al fresco dining, or just enjoy the moment in a pergola shaded hammock. A breakfast terrace with fountain provides your BBQ facilities and a glass of local wine greets you on arrival.

Details for holiday apartment Casacorvo Maggiore, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

A spacious generously furnished three double bed, two bathroom apartment comprising a large lower level hallway (with ample space for luggage storage), leading to stairs to the upper living area. A child safety gate ensures that the property remains suitable for young families. A bright and airy lounge offers views over the village and a large dining area provides ample room to seat up to eight guests. Outside enjoy a game of boules in the tiered garden, or just relax in the pergola shaded hammock with a cool glass of wine, and enjoy the views to the Chianti Hills beyond. A dining terrace with garden furniture, sun umbrella and sun loungers completes the garden facilities. To the rear we have a Breakfast/BBQ terrace with wall fountain offering you views over the Borgo itself to the ruins of Montegrossi on the ridge beyond. A well equipped kitchen with everything you need for in house dining including the indispensable espresso machine completes the accommodation.

 

Minore Walled Garden - Casacorvo Maggiore Terrace View - Casacorvo Maggiore
Bedroom of Holiday Apartment - Casacorvo Maggiore, Chanti Main Lounge of Holiday Apartment - Casacorvo Maggiore, ChantiGarden Bedroom of Holiday Apartment - Casacorvo Maggiore, Chanti Kitchen in Holiday Apartment - Casacorvo Maggiore, Chanti
 

Wine Estate at Castelvecchi..18km from Gaiole in Chianti.

I have used this winery property for a number of customers and have all been very happy with the property location and facilities..the location is 18km north of Gaiole In Chianti… 3km from Radda

Castelvecchi Wine Estate, Chanti

– Arrival 30th September – 3 nights bed and breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 38 75 135 or 205km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advise throughout the year leading up to the event.

Costs from £759 in total for 2 persons in a double / twin room 5 ROOMS LEFT!

or

Castello Spaltanno located in Gaiole in Chianti This is a 5 star Castello…..just 200 metres from the start/finish of the event…

www.spaltenna.itHOTEL NOW FULL!

Spaltenna is an ancient feudal hamlet consisting of the ancient parish Church with tower-bell dating back to year 1000, the adjacent fortified monastery and of a small group of country houses, marvellous example of spontaneous medieval architecture.

The castle and the church, whose first information date back to the year 1030, have the severe fortress look. The castle, rich in history and legends, is made precious inside by architrave ceilings and elegant portals.

During the middle ages, the parish church had jurisdiction on the several hamlets in its surrounding area, such as Vertine, San Donato in Perano and Montegrossi.

The Spaltenna complex, surrounded by vineyards and woods, overlooks a splendid valley in the heart of a region rich in castles and fortresses, ancient abbeys and medieval villages.

– Arrival Friday 30 September – 3 nights in a double standard room on a bed and buffet breakfast basis
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 38 75 135 or 205km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advise throughout the year leading up to the event.

The cost from £1,229 in total….

Book on this classic L’eroica cycling event today to avoid disappointment!

Gusto Cycling can offer registration, accommodation and a retro bike for the event..contact marco@gustocycling.com to discuss options.

Contact Marco Mori today to book your place on L’eroica 2016, this wonderful event is simply not to be missed!