This is the whole tour following the classical itinerary of 205km of Eroica cycling event divided in 5 stages
We start from Radda and we cross the wonderful territory of Chianti with its charming vineyards and Castle, the gentle hills around Siena, and riding on countryside roads and white roads we reach Montalcino, the lowest point of our route and the mid point of our hoilday, with its different history, other traditions and other famous wines…
The typical ups and downs of the Tuscan hill roads implies an average accumulated height of 800mt per stage. There’s no choice, this is “the heroic”, a challenge, the pleasure given by the effort for the undertaking.
The evening and the night are so much important as the day by bike, perhaps even more. It’s time for having a good dinner and relax to recover and be ready for the following day. The chosen accommodations will take care of you. Don’t forget the wine (without exceeding) rich in volatile salts, proteins and calories, it will help you be in good form.
Day 1: Individual arrival to Radda in Chianti
Individual arrival to Radda in Chianti. Waiting for the beginning of the trip you can relax in the hotel enjoying the wellness center and the swimming pool and, of course, excellent Tuscan food.
Day 2: Radda – Gaiole – Siena – distance: 46km, accumulated climb: 550m
The first day will introduce to us the land of chianti Classico, its famous vineyards and its beautiful high and wooded hills. We start from Radda following the classic itinerary of Eroica and after few kilometers we already meet the first white road that brings us to the hamlet of Vertine and Gaiole in Chianti among neverending vineyards. Leaving the village, a pleasant asphalt uphill road guide us up to Castello di Brolio, jewel of the properties of Ricasoli family, beautiful views and excellent wines. We descend through the vineyards towards Siena, which appears on the horizon, a postcard presentation for this wonderful town. In fact for this night we will stay in Siena.
Day 3: Siena /Buonconvento – distance: 41km, accumulated climb: 450m
The second tour takes us back on the road to Siena entering between the hills south of the town of the Palio. Despite the climb accumulated during the day will be pretty high this stage will turn out to be easier because characterized by the typical ups and downs characteristic of this area and not by few but long or steep climbs. So, across the hills that border the valley d’Arbia, cycling on a mix of dirt roads, gravel roads and asphalt, we will meet Radi, Vescovado and Buonconvento until to reach our third superb accommodation, lost among the hills of Crete Senesi and Val d’ Orcia, our third place where you can relax (and enjoy great Tuscan food)
Day 4: Montalcino loop – distance: 59km, accumulated climb: 1100m
The classic route of the Eroica can be divided into three rings of different size. The southernmost part can then be covered as a closed circuit, reaching Montalcino, touching the Val d’Orcia and then coming back on the white roads where is located our hotel, where we will then stay for two consecutive days. This part of Tuscany is the one that you will remember having seen on many postcards. The first half of the stage is characterized by a long but pleasant ascent to Montalcino, land devoted to the production of the excellent Brunello that influence daily life. The way towards “home” will be a great return on white roads among our beloved gentle hills.
Day 5: Buonconvento /Asciano /Siena – distance: 60km, accumulated climb: 800m
Let’s go back to the North entering between the Crete Senesi (Clays of Siena): here the hills are mostly bleak and gently rolling as far as the horizon, you can see isolated trees and houses on the tops of the slopes, and the clay makes most of the ground gray-blue giving the appearance of a lunar landscape. The man seems almost absent. The white roads become at times steep, more difficult to face, but every time you reach the top of the slope it is a breathtaking sight. Here, perhaps, one feels more “heroic” in complete harmony with the earth. We will pass close to Asciano (follow the road signs if you want to have a look at the village) and few other residential areas up to reach our accommodation, our friends in Siena again.
Day 6: Siena – Castelnuovo B. /Radda – distance: 51km, accumulated climb: 900m
Radda, our starting point, is waiting for us again. To arrive there we will cross back the Chianti area, the western part this time, finding our beloved vineyards, the forest and the climbs along the higher hills to recover the difference of altitude we lost in the first stage when we enjoyed more downhill than uphill roads. For those who has not yet stopped to visit a winery, this is still a good opportunity. In Chianti area is easier to find charming villages than in last day; Castelnuovo Berardenga worth a visit but also the sculpture park and Vagliagli definitely will attract your attention, before arriving in Radda along the last part of the white roads, in this case finish of our “Heroic”