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Three weeks to go to the first date with l’Eroica;

over 5,000 participants from 50 countries are preparing for the event in Gaiole in Chianti

Followers of l’Eroica are once again preparing their splendid vintage bikes for the event in Gaiole in Chianti, thanks to their passion for the cycling champions of days gone by. L’Eroica is popular and hugely successful thanks to the sporting and social message it transmits, the magnificent territory in which it is held, the passion it awakens. It is no longer just a love of cycling but is becoming ever more a lifestyle choice.

This year L’Eroica will be held on Sunday 5 October with the traditional 'menu' of the 38, 75, 135 and 205 km routes to choose from, depending on your ability to put together the pedals and tyres of bikes which have been hidden away in attics or garages for years and which are now back in fashion as luxury items to be desired and sought out. The hype will start in the dead of night, with the first of over 5,000 enthusiasts, of every age, class and nationality, heading off at five in the morning, In the last few days, l’Eroica statistics office has produced some very interesting data. This year, cyclists from 50 countries will descend on Gaiole in Chianti. They will come from: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA. 

The programme is full of exciting events and new features and starts from Wednesday 1 October.

L’EROICA 2014

WEDNESDAY 1 October
Gaiole in Chianti – Auditorium, ex Cantine Ricasoli
21:00 - EVENING ON WHEELS “ VOLEVAMO I PANTALONI! – La donna e la bici” (WE WANTED THE TROUSERS! – Women and cycling) conducted by DANIELA MOROZZI

THURSDAY 2 October
Gaiole in Chianti – ex Cantine Ricasoli
15:00 - Opening of the vintage bikes museum
21:00 - EVENING ON WHEELS "MARCO PANTANI- Il campione fuori norma" (MARCO PANTANI – the extraordinary champion) with Alessandro Albertin & Michela Ottolini

FRIDAY 3 October
Gaiole in Chianti
08:30 - "Underground Siena" – guided tour of the fascinating and intricate system of medieval water-supply tunnels. Departure from Gaiole in Chianti by private minibus. Limited availability. Info and bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel. 349 5530365 Michela


Gaiole in Chianti – ex Cantine Ricasoli
09:00 - Vintage bikes and accessories exhibition and market, Registration of guest cyclists, registration and issue of event numbers


Gaiole in Chianti
13:30 - "Chianti Wine Tour".A fascinating discovery of the secrets of Chianti Classico, a journey through tradition and innovation, taking in wine cellars, vineyards and goblets of red. Depart by private bus from Gaiole in Chianti. Limited availability. Info and bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. 349 5530365 Michela.

Gaiole in Chianti – ex Cantine Ricasoli
15:00 - Opening of the Register of vintage bikes, Registration and issue of event numbers


Castello di Brolio, wine cellar
17:30 - ENGLISH language guided tour of Brolio Castle and organic “Eroico km 0” dinner at ‘Osteria del Castello’. The Ricasoli family will exceptionally open the doors of their private residence to visitors.
Reservation required: please call Castello di Brolio ticket office at +39.0577.730280 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gaiole in Chianti – Auditorium, ex Cantine Ricasoli
21:00 - EVENING ON WHEELS - "QUEL NASO TRISTE... - A cento anni dalla nascita di Bartali” (THAT SAD NOSE… Bartali’s birthday,100 years on) conducted by Massimo Poggio and Gualtiero Burzi


SATURDAY 4 October


Gaiole in Chianti
09:00 - Registration of guest cyclists, Registration and issue of event numbers, Registration of vintage bikes, Vintage bikes and accessories exhibition and market
14:30 - Guided cycling tour for “first-timers”; open to everybody, but especially to those who haven’t been to l’Eroica before - Guided ecological walk “Trekking in and around Gaiole”
Auditorium, ex Cantine Ricasoli
15:00 - Meet the authors of the books that tell the most beautiful Bicycle stories
- “L’Eroica in the World” – L’Eroica Japan and L’Eroica Britannia: photos, videos, emotions and anecdotes
- “News for 2015” - L'Eroica, a project without limits
- “L’Eroica for charity” the charitable initiatives of the Fondazione L’Eroica

Gaiole in Chianti
15:30- Mini-Eroica, non-competitive event for children, followed by a party
16:00 - Bookings for “L’Eroica Dinner”


Castello di Brolio, wine cellar
17:30 - ITALIAN language guided tour of Brolio Castle and organic “Eroico km 0” dinner at ‘Osteria del Castello’. The Ricasoli family will exceptionally open the doors of their private residence to visitors.
Reservation required: please call Castello di Brolio ticket office at +39.0577.730280 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gaiole in Chianti 20:00 “L’Eroica Dinner”

SUNDAY 5 October – L’Eroica
Gaiole in Chianti – ex Cantine Ricasoli
04:45 Registration and issue of event numbers
05:00–07:00 Start of 205 and 135 km routes
08:30–09:30 Start of 75 and 38 km routes
05:45 - Depart for “Tour of the refreshment points” of the 205 and 135 km routes
Depart by private bus for a guided tour of some of the most beautiful countryside along the routes of L’Eroica, travelling the famous ‘white roads’, with amazing views and the most charming refreshment points.

Info and bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. 349 5530365 Michela

08:45 - Depart for “Tour of the refreshment points” of the 75 and 38 km routes
Depart by private bus for a guided tour of the two shorter routes of L’Eroica.

Info and bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. 349 5530365 Michela 

10:00 - Vintage bikes and accessories exhibition and market

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