L’Eroica is a cycling event, born from an idea of Giancarlo Brocci and other people, which has been taking place since 1997 in the province of Siena. It has the particularity of evoking the cycling of the past, with routes that take place largely on dirt roads with bicycles and vintage clothing. It is always held on the first Sunday in October.
The event is open to all those who participate with vintage racing bikes that meet specific criteria:
– steel frame;
– gear levers on the down tube of the frame;
– brake wires that come out of the levers and pass externally to the handlebar;
– pedals with cage;
– wheels with at least 32 spokes and low profile rims.
The departure is in the form known as French, that is free within a certain time slot (usually at dawn). Passage checks are carried out by affixing a stamp on the roadbook provided by the organization. There is no final ranking but only a list of finishers is published in alphabetical order with the route taken by each competitor.
On the route there are numerous refreshments with typical local products.
The proposed routes are 5 of varying lengths from the 32 km of the “Passeggiata”, to the 209 km of the “Lungo”, which has 3,891 meters in altitude, 115 km of dirt roads and 5 refreshment points. Participants can also choose one of the intermediate routes: “Piccolo Chianti” 46 km; “Short” 78 km; “Medium” 130 km.
The departure takes place in Gaiole in Chianti. The paths wind through the Chianti area and others towards Siena, the Val d’Orcia up to Montalcino and the Crete Senesi, with numerous ups and downs and sometimes with steep slopes and difficult to tackle with the racing bikes of the past.
Most of the paths and dirt roads in Tuscany are open to traffic and can also be traveled on by motorbike all year round. Unpaved terrain is mainly suitable for enduro, maxi-enduro and other motorcycles equipped with suitable tires.
NEWS OF 2022?
Bike To The Future this year will take care of the cycle workshop in Asciano!