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L’Eroica 2017

If life is a road there can be none more demanding, yet rewarding, than L’Eroica.

From macchiato-fuelled climbs that test both body and mind to the mystical feel of candle lit paths, traditional bowls of ribollita soup and picturesque landscapes, this is a ride like no other.

You will wear vintage, woollen jerseys and leather gloves. You will ride pre ’87 steel bikes. You will lose yourself in the beauty that is Tuscany. Travel with us back in time to L’Eroica 2017, Gaiole in Chianti, Italy.

25th September to 2nd October 2017

AUD $4,995 per person twin share

8 days / 7 nights

Limit: 12 guests

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YOU WILL ENJOY

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME RIDING EXPERIENCE

Guaranteed entry to ride L’Eroica – ride entry is limited so having your entry secured as part of our group is priceless

Your choice of five L’Eroica rides – 209km, 135km, 115km, 75km or 46km – you can choose your distance closer to the ride date and speak to us anytime about the experience of riding each

Escorted daily rides through the superb Chianti hills and the Tuscan countryside – we’ll do a different ride each day, riding between 3-6 hours per day and we’ll have you exploring some of the most spectacular areas of Chianti, and other parts of Tuscany including the rolling hills around Siena, the Crete Senese, the famous Strade Blanche and more, preparing you for the big day.

Comprehensive back-up and support on all rides – a local ride guide will join us with an intimate knowledge of the Chianti and surrounding areas, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local, and take in many of the quiet back roads in this beautiful region. Rides are fully supported with a support vehicle, mechanic and your safety as our priority.

Full A’QTO L’Eroica cycling kit – designed by Damian and made in Italy, this exclusive kit for L’Eroica 2017 will see you riding in style and comfort through the Chianti hills and surrounds

Trusted connections and advice for buying or renting steel bikes – whether you are planning on buying a pre 87 steel bike (which is a big highlight if you do!) or rent one for the day/week, we will connect you in with our trusted partners, both well known sellers and hirers of authentic Vintage steel bikes in Italy, with a reputation you can be sure to trust

Transport to and from Florence upon arrival and departure – you will be picked up from Florence and driven back on departure, and all your transport needs for the week are taken care of, including the transporting of bikes and bike cases, and transport for non-riding partners to various activities

A FOOD, WINE & HOSPITALITY JOURNEY LIKE NO OTHER

A villa style apartment within walking distance to Gaiole’s piazza – rated No.1 in Gaiole, there is no better place to be than at the family run BnB we have selected for your 7 night stay. You’ll be right amongst the action of the L’Eroica Festival while also feeling relaxed and away from it all as the Villa grounds, infinity pool and views take in the spectacular Tuscan countryside

Arriving to Gaiole in Chianti, the home of L’eroica, 6 days before the ride – you’ll have plenty of time to acclimatise, prepare the legs and soak up the atmosphere as the momentum builds in the days leading up to the event – you’ll be right amongst the action as the 4 day L’Eroica Festival starts to roll in to town from Thursday, featuring the best ‘antique/vintage’ cycling market you’ll ever see and a carnival atmosphere with cyclists from all over the world – the lead up days are not to be missed

Daily buffet breakfast – a daily, home made Italian feast with magnificent local produce will keep you going for hours on or off the bike

Welcome lunch – as we depart from Florence and the flight or train travel start to feel like a distant memory, we’ll have you relaxing in the Chianti countryside in no time, enjoying a light, truly Tuscan welcome lunch in our magnificent garden settting

Welcome dinner – we’ll be celebrating the start of our week in authentic Chianti style at one of Gaiole’s most highly respected restaurants. Situated in a historic building with spectacular views, this will see us launch our week in style

Two traditional, home cooked Tuscan dinners – home cooked meals in Tuscany using the most wonderful Autumn seasonal produce and traditional cooking methods is a ‘must do’, so we’ll be enjoying the best of this region with our hosts and guest chefs, whose hospitality is second to none

A never to be forgotten Tuscan lunch at one of Chianti’s premier restaurants – this is our personal ‘off the bike’ highlight for the week – a long Italian lunch where the hours pass by oh so slowly and time has no meaning – our hosts at this restaurant will delight with their incredible food, wine and hospitality, as we sit back and enjoy overlooking the spectacular Tuscan countryside

A winery tour of a superb Tuscan Estate – with the most incredible array of Chianti Classico wines, Super Tuscans, Vin Santo and more on offer at our selected winery, this tour will delight not only from the unique wine tasting experience you’ll enjoy, but with the historic buildings and beautiful serene setting

A well deserved Finale Dinner on Sunday evening post your L’Eroica ride – after a few celebratory beers in the piazza, soaking up the atmosphere with all the ‘L’Eroiche’ (‘the heroes’ in Italian) who like us, come to enjoy this great festival of riding, food and friendship, we’ll enjoy a relaxed dinner as a group

Generous free time to explore all that the magnificent Chianti region has to offer – we believe a big part of the enjoyment of L’Eroica is being able to spontaneously duck into town to enjoy a glass of wine and cheese in the piazza as the atmosphere builds each day, or wander off into the Chianti countryside and explore places on foot or bike that take you on your own little exploration, or take a day trip to a surrounding town such as San Gimignano, Siena or Arrezzo. Whatever it is that you would like to do, there will be free time set aside for you to enjoy your own slice of heaven

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WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

“WOW! What a week you organised for us in Tuscany. This is what we loved so much; Your attitude to making sure we enjoyed every moment… Thank you both so much for the experience of a lifetime.”
Brian & Lyn Hosking
“A perfect world is a life where I don’t have to think about anything other than riding my bike and eating wonderful food. Nancy and Damian are perfect hosts and create an ideal setting for this to happen.”
Kath

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