Get ready to travel back in time during L’Eroica, a unique and historical race taking place the first week of October in Gaiole in Chianti, in the Italian region of Tuscany. The 23rd edition of L’Eroica will take place on October 4th, 2020 and is expected to attract thousands of amateur cyclists from all over the world. L’Eroica is not your typical bike race though, it is a truly unique festival aimed at reconnecting with the roots of cycling, its values, and its classic, vintage bicycles.
The 23rd edition of L’Eroica will consists of five courses of varying length and difficulty through the Tuscan landscapes and iconic gravel roads:
- Mini Chianti, a 46-kilometer excursion through the Chianti valley
- Short Gallo Negro, an 81-kilometer condensed and more accessible version of L’Eroica
- Hundred Val d’Arbia Route, a new 106-kilometer course that is challenging yet accessible
- Medium Crete Sensi, a 135-kilometer route with a little over 2,000 meters of elevation climb to the Crete Sensi
- Long L’Eroica, a 209-kilometer ride with 3,700 meters of vertical climb for seasoned cyclists wishing to experience the most authentic version of L’Eroica
During L’Eroica, the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest are valued over performance.
Besides the epic routes, L’Eroica is also the opportunity to experience a spontaneous festival with music, markets, art exhibitions, food stands and a unique, soul-warming atmosphere centered around the rich Italian culture and cycling history.
There are a million reasons not to miss it! So prepare yourself for a jump back in time on October 4th, 2020!
L’Eroica consists of five routes through the Tuscan valleys and gravel roads. All five routes start and finish in Gaiole in Chianti.
The Mini Chianti starts off from Gaiole in Chanti and heads down to Osteria della Pastera before heading for a loop passing through the Castello di Brolio, Pianella and back up to Vagliagli before returning to Gaiole in Chianti. The route features roughly 700 meters of elevation climb and one refreshment point. It is composed of about 50% of traditional Tuscan gravel roads.
The Short Gallo Negro route begins in the same way as the Mini Chianti, down past the Castello di Brolio, around the Monti to Pianella and back up to Vagliagli. However, instead of heading back towards Osteria della Pastera, the route keeps north to San Giusto in Salcio, Radda in Chianti and Vertine before crossing the finish line in Gaiole.
The One Hundred Val d’Arbia route is a new addition to this 23rd edition. The route starts off in Gaiole on the same track as the Mini Chianti and the Short Route but once in Pianella, it keeps heading south past Siena and all the way to the Crete Senesi and Monteroni d’Arbia before heading back past Siena and linking up with the common route in San Giovanni a Cerreto back to Gaiole in Chianti. With a little over 1,700 meters of vertical climb and less than 50 kilometers of gravel roads, it is an accessible yet challenging route.
The Medium Crete Sensi is a long and demanding route starting the same as the previous route up to Pianella and San Giovanni a Cerreto but like the Hundred Route is heads past Siena and down to the medieval village of Buenconvento. On their way back up towards Gaiole, an authentic Italian food stop will be awaiting the competitors in Castelnuovo Berardenga before they reach the finish line just 30 kilometers later.
The Long L’Eroica is the essence of the event, with over 100 kilometers of gravel roads out of the 209-kilometer course. Starting off much like the Medium Route through Pianella, Siena, the Long Route heads off west of Buenconvento into Bibbiano, Montalcino, Torrenieri and Lucignano d’Asso before finally passing through the stunning and authentic Buenconvento village. The course will then head back north, to Asciano and the spectacular Monte Sante Marie, then Castenuevo Berardenga to finish in Gaiole in Chianti just like the Medium Route.
Saturday October 3rd, 2020:
- 9AM – 1PM: Race kit retrieval
- 2PM – 7PM: Race kit retrieval
Sunday October 4th, 2020:
- 5AM – 7AM: Starts of the L’Eroica and Crete Sensi
- 6:30AM – 9:30AM: Race kit retrieval
- 7AM – 7:30AM: Start of the Val d’Arbia
- 8AM – 9:30AM: Starts of the Gallo Negro and Mini Chianti
- 9:30PM: Event closure