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Gravel Cycling Strade Bianche

New for 2020:  Strade Bianche Bike Tour

Val d’Orcia to Gaiole, the Eroica town

The Famed White Roads of Tuscany

These white, dusted roads are home to one of pro racing’s biggest dates, with steep climbs and full-blown attacks at every bend.
The Strade Bianche of Tuscany is truly something special due to the region’s rolling vistas and fine wines make this a must-see destination if you love gravel cycling. Strade bianche  is Italian for “white roads,” and it comes from the color of the dry limestone gravel that lifts into a fine white dust that lingers along the race course.
Discover the route of the Strade Bianche professional race .
We put togeter this self guided Bike Tour  selecting the more appropriate unpaved sections from  the race and also from the Eroica itinerary.
The Permanent Route of L’Eroica is a unique experience that allows you to live the adventure of L’Eroica all year round. Anyway we offer the tour from March to November.
Traditional L’Eroica course  starts in the town of Gaiole and covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of Chianti and Siena province,  winding among historic vineyards, leading to the cypress-lined entrance of Castello di Brolio and Corte Pavone.
Quote from the Eroica home page  “L’Eroica invite cyclists to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest. We look to the past of cycling to inspire the future of this beautiful sport”

Carbon frame GRAVEL bike or  E-bike are perfect to face this tour
Choose between  Scott Gravel Addict  20 Or Scott  E-SUB Cross 10

Gravel Tuscany Bike tour’s Highlights

  • Shadow the hilly path of L’Eroica, Tuscany’s internationally recognized vintage bike race.
  • ancient cellars, taste superb Tuscan wines, from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Brunello di Montalcino.
  • Experience the serenity of the Tuscan countryside and savor the flavors of authentic pasta fresca.
  • Explore the undulating white gravel roads of Tuscany—the famed strade bianche—and immerse your self in Italy’s most classic cycling local.
  • Caffé espresso, cappuccino & best gelato.

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1

Pienza & Bagno Vignoni

Meet & Greet in Pienza, the purest renaissance town in the world, for welcome and bike fitting.
Pienza the “perfect town” is a remarkable example of Renaissance-era town planning. If you have even the least appreciation for beautiful architecture, it is a treat to stroll around its cobblestone streets. First short bike ride to Bagno Vignoni, a thermal spa town that dates back to Roman times, and Madonna di Vita Leta chapel
Distance 25 km /15 miles
12 km asphalt and 13 km gravel - Easy to Moderate
2

Montepulciano & Vino Nobile

Your tour starts with a circular ride from Pienza.
Spring brings red poppy blossoms to the vibrant green wheat fields of Tuscany, and nowhere is the bloom more brilliant than the hills of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we pedal through these corridors of proud cypress trees, the scenery may look familiar from such films as Gladiator and The English Patient. Follow the gravel tracks off the beaten path through a timeless slice of Tuscany and enjoy an espresso at La Foce, overlooking the roads we just conquered. By lunchtime you'll come to Montepulciano, the jewel of southern Tuscany, full of Renaissance palaces. After relaxing a while, return to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town.
distance 51 km /31,5 miles
17 km asphalt and 34 km gravel - moderate difficulty
3

Pieve a Salti to Brunello Land

To get from Pienza to Montalcino we select the sections of Eroica called Lucignano d'asso and Pieve A Salti. You leave Pienza and after 6 km on paved road you will take with white road toward Cosona and reach the little hamlet of Lucignano - a caffe espresso at little shop emporio - is a must. Once you reach the paved road you ride only one km and start the other Eroica gravel section Pieve a Salti - so beautiful landscape. 9 km up and down in the rural countryside! arrive in Buonconvento by lunch time. Now you have to face the climb to the famed wine town of Montalcino. A total of 10 km: 5 on paved and 5 km on gravel all throguh wineayrds and wineris. Once in town we strongly suggest to visit the fortress and admire the breathtaking view of the entire valley you've just biked.
Tonight at dinner reward yourself at least a glass of Brunello - we have a list of our favorite.
distance 41 km /25 miles
17 km asphalt and 24 km gravel - moderate difficulty
4

Castiglion del Bosco & Siena

L’Eroica—meaning “The Heroic”—is a celebration of the golden age of cycling. The event takes place every October when thousands of hardened cyclists travel back in time to ride these gravel roads on primitive machines of the past. The heavy lugged-steel bikes with down-tube shifters and impossible gear ratios are no match for the red wine in the participant’s water bottles and the hardman mentality. Today, we’ll have our own taste of cycling’s heroic origins as we join one of the most beautiful gravel sections of L’Eroica. From the heart of Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany’s most celebrated wine region, ride to the top Passo del Lume Spento. In fact starts the Castiglion del bosco gravel section. Castiglion del bosco is the biggest brunello winery & farm belonging to Ferragamo, the famous Italian fashion designer. Once in Bibbiano another section called la Piana and reach Murlo after 30 km- caffé & visit! Shortly you will face another legendary Eroica section to Radi, with some steep yet short up and down. At Ville di Corsano you deserve a light lunch. from here you have the last 12 km on secondary paved road to Siena.
Distance 56 km /35 miles
32 km asphalt and 24 km gravel - moderate to challenge
5

Gaiole, the Eroica town

Today the destination is the town where the Eroica starts.
After your gourmet breakfast, head out into magical Chianti. You will exit form Siena via a eroica gravel section Pieve a Bozzone, Vico dArbia making your way through wheat fields before we hit the vineyards of this celebrated wine region. Reach Pianella after 15 km. Form here you will take a long glourios section to Canonica A Cerreto, Vagliagli. All riding through chianti classico vineyards, counting castles and old hilltop hamlets! Get in Radda in Chianit for lunch time after 38 km ride - mostly gravel.
relax .. you have only 8 km to Gaiole following still the Eroica itineray. Last gravel stage: San Donato in Perano and Vertine are amazing, enjoy the breathtakign landscape.
Distance 46 km /28,5 miles
16 km asphalt and 30 km gravel - moderate to challenge
6

Chianti hills - Castello di Brolio

Today is consacrated to explore all the villages and hamlet of Chianti Senese. Start from your "castle di Spaltenna" in Gaiole and reach Castello di Brolio afer 10 km. Here the caffe at agribar in front of winery is a must: all cyclists, locals and visitors seems to meet there.
After you can ride into the gravel section of Eroica, is short and then you will ride on very secondary scenery roads until Castelnuvo Berardenga. It worth a visit and if you are there for lunch time offer many options. Back to the saddle and encounter other small borgo: San Gusmé and villa a Sesta. Back to Brolio: to return to Gaiole you have 2 options, one road downhill and flat so somewhat easy, or challenge uphill to Castagnoli, downhill to castello di Meleto. Tonight you deserve a star michelin dinner: at your hotel il Pievano.
Distance 54 km /33,5 miles
44 km asphalt and 10 km gravel - moderate to challenge
7

Badia a Coltibuono short loop

If you still have energy and feel your legs stronger you can have a short ride to Badia a Coltibuono a loop of 20 km
Back to Gaiole where you will leave bikes.
Departure: bus available to reach Siena where you can take fast train to other town





il Chiostro - Pienza
Il Chiostro di Pienza is housed in a 15th C convent and sits protected and quiet right in the center of this tiny town. It has been renovated but all the beamed ceilings frescoed walls and ancient tile floors have been preserved, nice garden overlooking val d’Orcia with pool.

La Bandita Townhouse - Pienza
La Bandita Townhouse is a luxury boutique hotel tucked inside the historic center of Pienza. The building is a rambling Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns have lived for over 500 years. the property itself blends in completely with the Renaissance character, is a comfortable, and stylish place
Hotel Giglio - Montalcino
A charming retreat in the heart of town, hotel Giglio, family-run, in a warm and quiet building, facing a gorgeous landscape, the best part is the view of the cliff-clinging houses of Montalcino to your left and the rumpled patchwork of green valleys stretching out below. Plus a great restaurant where enjoy gourmet tuscan dinner
Si Montalcino - Montalcino
Hotel SI Montalcino is small charming hotel completely renovated, located on the panoramic road to S.Angelo in Colle, one km away from the walls of Montalcino. It is on a natural terrace that dominates the valley overlooking Monte Amiata and from here you can admire the vineyards of Brunello. Pool Belvedere
Villa STR - Siena
Villa STR is a converted 19th-century villa that retains the charm and ambiance of its former origins as a private residence. The decoration in the recently renovated public areas bears the hallmarks of Italian classical design. It is just outside the ancient walls of the historic center of Siena, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from Piazza del Campo. In the summer you can appreciate the silence of the garden and the beauty of the flowers. Breakfast is served here in the summer months.
Castello di Spaletenna - Gaiole in Chianti
Castello di Spaltenna offers an exclusive atmosphere amidst a unique landscape. Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, the manor’s luxurious guestrooms offer any possible comfort along with wonderful views over the valley. Just on hill out of Giaole in Chianti - few meters - restaurant Pievano

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 1490 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 450

Inclusions
Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
Six breakfasts
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
Garmin with tracks
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Castellina
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Sales taxes

Not Included
Bike Rental per entire tour

GRAVEL OR E-Bike         euro 210

City Tax  each village charges a tax per day between euro 0,70 to euro 4,00

Optional
Cooking lesson & Wine tasting

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