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L’Eroica

Gaiole is a quaint little town in the Chianti area that has become famous all over the world thanks to the Eroica, a bike race that celebrates vintage bikes and old time’s cycling.
The Eroica was conceived in 1997 by Giancarlo Brocci, who is La Fonte del Cieco’s owner. The cycling race has quickly become an appreciated sport event all over the world, attracting participants from more than 50 countries. The event has come to its 20th edition and takeds place along several itineraries with vintage bicycles to go thourgh mostly on dirty roads. Eroica takes place every year on the first Sunday of October. Its starting point is Gaiole in Chianti, right where our hotel is located.


The word “Eroica” (the heroic one) doesn’t refer only to the bike race, but also to the bike dirt white pebbles roads that stretch between the Chianti region and Siena.
. It is perfectly marked and is accessible all year around by bicycles and motorbikes. 2 are the race’s routes: the longest one (205 km) and the medium one (135 km).

The departure and the arrival points are both in Gaiole in Chianti.


The Eroica route is suitable also for motorbikes, riding along paved roads or dirt roads, admiring some of the most beautiful views in Tuscany.