Eroica 2019 – Gaiole in Chianti 6th October
A challenge for Classic Cyclism Lovers
“We want to feel the beauty of the fatigue and the taste of the victory ”
Giancarlo Brocci – founder of Eroica
How was the Eroica born?
The reason why today one can sign up for Eroica 2019 is Giancarlo Brocci, widely regarded as the father of the Eroica, the most famous classical cycling race in the world.
It all began in 1992 when Giancarlo founded the Cycling Park of Chianti, because he wanted to promote the beauty of the Chianti region.
The following year he organized a Grand Fondo Biking Race. It was Gino Bartali (great champion with Fausto Coppi between 1940 and 1954) who made him rediscover the passion for real cyclism, made of fair competition and heroes that maybe now no longer exist.
The Eroica took its first steps in 1997. During this time it has always had the goal of spreading the values of past cyclism, when athletes tried to overcome their physical limits with sacrifice and hard work; when there was respect for their rivals.
At the first Eroica took part only 92 participants. In 2016 (the 20th edition) there were 6500 participants, of which 2,300 from 58 different countries.
Eroica is worldwide success that has made countries like Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa and Huruguay host their own editions of Eroica abroad.
Eroica 2019 on October 6th in Gaiole in Chianti remains the true Eroica, the most important one! Another important race is also White Roads (Strade Bianche. ) on March 7th 2020 and the Granfondo on 8th March.
The Eroica route winds through some of the most beautiful roads of the Chianti region, Val d’ Arbia and Val d’Orcia; but what makes it really special are the parts made by Strade Bianche, which allow you to get a taste of the atmosphere of classic cyclism.
For Eroica 2019 you can choose different trails, some of which will be introduced for the first time in this edition:
PICCOLO CHIANTI (Little Chianti)-46KM
This is the simplest and shortest, about 3 hours of biking and 709 meters of difference in altitude. It is a little taste of the Eroica Dream!
PERCORSO CORTO (Short trail)-81KM
This is the First Step to the Real Eroica, 4 hours of biking and 1560 meters of difference in altitude; amazing landscape.
PERCORSO 100 (100 trail)-106KM
This new trail will bring you through the Crete Senesi (a place near Siena where the clay assumes unique colors), it presents an altitude difference of 1741 meters, and it’s enjoyable by amateurs.
PERCORSO MEDIO-CRETE (Medium-Crete trail)-135KM
This is the mythic Eroica but not the complete one. It is basically for biking lovers but very trained ones, because you may bike up to 10-12 hours. The difference of altitude here is 2083 meters.
PERCORSO LUNGO (Long trail)-209KM
More than 3700 meters of difference in altitude and an average time of 15 hours of biking. You may try this trail during the year, not only on Eroica’s days.
Particular attention should be paid to the Eroica Regulation:
You can join the race only with an Eroica bike (vintage bicycles built before 1987) or a vintage bike.
Same goes for clothing: only sweaters and vintage shorts with materials used until the late ’80s are accepted.
No modern wetsuits are allowed. Accessories play a very important role… it’s better if they are creative to respect the spirit of the event!
Live the emotion of Eroica in 2019
and ride on gravel roads that have shaped the history of the classic cycling
Hotel Borgo Grondaie is located in a very strategic position: 30 KM away from Gaiole in Chianti (departure point of Eroica).
5 Reasons to choose us:
Locked bike storage
Area where you can wash your bike
Laundromat and dryers
Pool with salt water
If you are planning on coming to Siena for Eroica 2019 with a group of friends, send us a mail, we have customized offers for Eroica!
Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie