L'eroica start line in Gaiole in Chianti

L’Eroica 2021

L’Eroica takes place on Sunday October 3rd 2021

The L’eroica ride event takes place in Gaiole in Chianti in a small town located between Florence and Siena.

What is L’Eroica?

‘L’Eroica is an annual non-competitive vintage cycling event which has taken place since 1997. The theme of the event is to experience vintage cycling as was the case during the golden years of Italian Cycling in the 40’s and 50’s , with participants using vintage steel bikes, accessories and vintage clothing, the route is often on “Strade Bianche” translated as white gravel roads. It is held on the first Sunday of October every year.

L'eroica Cyclists

What about L’Eroica bicycle hire?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to own a steel bike, I can arrange to supply a vintage steel bike for the weekend at my stand.

How Many People Can Take Part in L’Eroica 2021?

Approximately 7,000 riders.

Only 1,500 places are available for non-Italians, with Gusto Cycling you can have peace of mind if you book early you will be guaranteed places.

How can I register for L’Eroica 2021?

We have a wide range of accommodation choices at or near the start/finish of the event at Gaiole in Chainti , all packages include guaranteed registration to participate in either the 46km, 81km, 106km, 135km or 209km there is a discount for non riders.

Details of each route

Leisure Ride – Valle Del Chianti

Length 46km,  Elevation Gain 709m.

Taste the L’Eroica atmosphere on this simple route that takes about 3 hours and has a 700m altitude difference.

Short Route – Gallo Nero

Length 81km,  Elevation Gain 1,560m.

This route is the “gateway” to the myth of L’Eroica. Covering about 4 hours, in addition to the highlights of the leisure route.

Hundred Route – Val D’Arabia

Length 106km, Elevation gain 1,737m.

A new route that passes through the Crete Senesi has been added to the 23rd edition of L’Eroica, Gaiole in Chianti. The route is challenging but is within reach of many because the length and elevation gain is not.

Medium Route – Crete Senesi

Length 135km, Elevation Gain 2,200m.

We are touching on the “legend”, while still within reach of amateur cyclists, with route times that can stretch beyond 8 hours or more.

Long Route

Length 209km, Elevation Gain 3,768m.

This is “L’Eroica” at its most authentic. With over 3,700m altitude difference and an average 15-hour ride, many finish after 10pm!

L’EROICA 2021 PACKAGES
Palazzo San Niccolo – 4 Star Hotel

Is a small quaint classic hilltop Chianti medieval town with stunning panoramic views of Chianti. With view on the centre of Radda” Located in the very centre of Radda In Chianti 8km from Gaiole in Chianti…

Superior Room – 25 sqm

Elegant, spacious and comfortable double bedroom, furnished in style with modern services with cotto pavements. All the Superior rooms have a mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, armchair, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safe box, 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, Hairdryer, Hydromassage bath, Laundry service, Internet access (WiFi), Mini Bar, Private Bathroom & WC, Safe box, Desk, LCD TV, Satellite TV.

Package Includes:

– Arrival Friday 1st October – 3 nights bed in a classic room with buffet breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 46, 81, 106, 135 or 209km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

Costs from £442 per person sharing a double/twin room for 3 nights accommodation in a superior room with buffet breakfast and guaranteed registration per person.

Palazzo Leopoldo – 4 Star Hotel

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 81km & 209km route and comes through Radda!

Room Amenities: Air conditioning, Telephone with external line, Dogs allowed, Hairdryer, Hydromassage bath, Laundry service, Internet access (WiFi), Mini Bar, Private Bathroom & WC, Safe box, Desk, LCD TV, Satellite TV.

Package includes:

– Arrival Friday 1st October – 3 nights bed and buffet breakfast in a Classic room 46, 81, 106, 135 or 209km route
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 46, 81, 106, 135 or 209km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance at the Gusto Stand.
– Pre L’Eroica information including routes and advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

Cost is from £447 per person sharing a double/twin room for 3 nights accommodation with guaranteed registration per person in a classic 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 a roof with wooden beans. All the Classic rooms have mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, wardrobe, sat TV LCD, safe box, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating, and air conditioning. Bathroom with hydromassage shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer, and American plug.

Ultimo Mulino – 4 Star Hotel

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 a hotel in the center of one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany, Chianti.

Room Amenities: Air conditioning, Telephone with external line, Dogs allowed, Hairdryer, Hydromassage bath, Laundry service, Internet access (WiFi), Mini Bar, Private Bathroom & WC, Safe box, Desk, LCD TV, Satellite TV. 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.

Package Includes:

– Arrival Friday 1st  October – 3 nights in a classic room with buffet breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 46, 81, 106 135 or 209km route
– Gusto Cycling support….we will have a stand to collect your registration and offer mechanical assistance
– Pre L’eroica information including routes and advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

Cost from £444 per person sharing a double/twin room for 3 nights accommodation with guaranteed registration per person in a classic room.

Classic Double Room 20sq m.

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 a mirror, writing table, luggage stand, table, armchair, wardrobe, sat TV 32”, safe box, minibar with free water, direct telephone, heating, and air conditioning. Bathroom with shower, courtesy products, mirror, hairdryer, and American plug.

Castello Meleto

Castello Meleto is located at Gaiole in Chianti at the start / finish of the event.

Room Amenities: Air conditioning, Telephone with external line, Dogs allowed, Hairdryer, Hydromassage bath, Laundry service, Internet access (WiFi), Mini Bar, Private Bathroom & WC, Safe box, Desk, LCD TV, Satellite TV.

Package Includes:

– Arrival Friday 1st October – 3 nights in a standard double room with buffet breakfast
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 48 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 advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

Cost from £594 per person sharing a double/twin room for 3 nights accommodation with breakfast & guaranteed registration for 2 persons in a superior room

Read more about Castello Meleto.

NEW FOR 2021!

Rocca di Castagnoli wine estate is located just 5km from Gaiole in Chianti where the start and finish of the ride is.

They have a number of unique apartments there is a minimum of 3-night stay, all include breakfast.

See the link for further details of this stunning estate https://www.roccadicastagnoli.com.

Apartment Caterina

40 sq m, kitchen with a small kitchenette, fireplace, double bedroom, bathroom and private terrace with table and chairs.

Cost per person is £433 based on 2 persons sharing the apartment for 3 nights bed and breakfast and guaranteed registration per person.

https://www.roccadicastagnoli.com/en/apartments/caterina/

Apartment Giulia

55 sq m, on the lower floor, living room with fireplace and double sofa bed, kitchenette; on the upper floor, bedroom and bathroom.

Cost per person is £491 based on 2 persons sharing the apartment for 3 nights bed and breakfast and guaranteed registration per person.

https://www.roccadicastagnoli.com/en/apartments/giuliai/

Apartment Lungo

60 sq m, living room with kitchenette, double sofa bed and fireplace, bathroom with shower, double bedroom and twin bedroom, small private garden/courtyard.

Cost per person is £379 based on 4 persons sharing the apartment for 3 nights bed and breakfast and guaranteed registration per person.

https://www.roccadicastagnoli.com/en/apartments/il-lungo/

Castello Spaltenna

– Only 1 De-Luxe Room Left!

Located in Gaiole in Chianti, this is a 5-star Castello…..just 200 metres from the start/finish of the event…

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

The castle and the church, whose first information date back to the year 1030, have a 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.

Package Includes: 

– Arrival Friday 1st October – 3 nights in a De-Luxe room on a bed and buffet breakfast basis
– 2 Guaranteed registration to participate in either the 48, 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 advice throughout the year leading up to the event.

The cost is from £799 per person sharing a double/twin room for 3 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast and guaranteed registration per person.

Gaiole in Chanti
L’Eroica celebrates it’s 25th anniversary in 2021!

Gusto Cycling is a key travel partner of L’eroica and are able to provide Guaranteed registrations and offer a wide range of high quality accommodation from Castles, Wine Estates, Agriturismo to excellent quality 4 & 5 star hotels. The event starts and finishes in Gaiole in the heart of Chianti in Tuscany.

Packages are based on arrival FRIDAY 1st October – 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 48, 75, 135, or 205km route.

Gusto Cycling will provide onsite support at the L’eroica 2021 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. L’eroica can also be known as ‘Eroica’ so don’t be confused between the two names as they are both the same event.

Since 1997 the event has grown with an increasing number of people from all over the world converging on this little town to support the event every year. It has now become the epitome of clean cycling, environment preservation, and 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 of the advantages of environmentally friendly attitudes and habits. This shows the establishment’s commitment towards spreading the good word rather than just promoting their event.

Please be aware that only 1,500 places are available for non-Italians, with Gusto Cycling you can have peace 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.

    L'Eroica Booking Form

    Tour: L'Eroica Weekend

    Arrival Date: 1st October 2021

    Duration: 3 Nights bed and buffet breakfast with Guaranteed ride registration.

    If you wish you can extend your holiday pre or post L’Eroica please advise under 'Notes' section below.

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