Thomson has teamed up with L’Eroica’s title sponsor, Bianchi, to bring you to the world’s most authentic Italian cycling experience.
Get your classic wool jerseys ready! Join us for a memorable 7 days in Tuscany to ride the ultimate vintage bike event, L’Eroica!
The Eroica Gran Fondo brings cyclists together from all over the world to ride the historic strade bianche, on vintage bikes with classic kits. Step back to the time of Merckx and Gimondi as you celebrate the great roots of our sport. Remember toe clips with straps, down-tube shifters and steel frames? This is cycling in it’s purest form.
The first 6 days of the trip, we’ll spend riding through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. On Sunday, we’ll swap to a vintage bike for the Gran Fondo, a true cycling time warp! This is one of the most popular cycling events in the world. Join us for guaranteed entry to this exceptional cycling experience.
- The Eroica - ride the world-famous event on a vintage bike
- Eroica Expo - visit the famous Expo the day before the Eroica. Get that all-important vintage jersey (and wool shorts!)
- Classic Tuscan rides - enjoy 6 days of classic rides (on a regular bike) throughout the best of the Tuscan countryside.
- Coltibuono Abbey - wine tasting and lunch in this famous winery
Choose Your Distance
46, 75, 135 or 209km*
The Eroica is a phenomenal event with cyclists from all over the world riding the famous strade bianche on vintage bikes.
Created for the cycling nostalgic, the Eroica Gran Fondo takes a step back to the time of Merkcx and Gimondi. Do you remember toe clips and straps, gear levers on the downtube, steel frames and woolly jerseys? Discard your lycra, jump into Merino wool and enjoy a day of cycling in its purest form.
*Note that the daily and weekly totals in the below itinerary use the 209km distance
Bianchi Vintage Bike
Guests have the option of purchasing a Bianchi Vintage Eroica Bike at a preferential rate directly from the Bianchi Factory to ride in the event. Inspired by the classic Bianchi racing machines of the 50’s and 60’s, the Vintage Eroica frame is made in Italy from Columbus steel tubing and painted in the traditional Celeste color and with chrome lugs and fork ends. With a Campagnolo drive-train and Brooks leather saddle, the bike is “vintage” certified by the Eroica. A complimentary Bianchi vintage kit will be included with the bike
This is an option. If you do not purchase a Bianchi, you will be given a complimentary vintage bike for the event.
Welcome to Italy!
Our trip starts at Florence Airport where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to the beautiful Villa Agape where we’ll be staying for the next 3 days.
After check-in, lunch and a brief orientation meeting, we’ll head out on a short warm-up ride through the Tuscan hills.
Today’s ride takes us high into the Tuscan hills and our first taste of gravel roads.
Leaving our hotel we head for San Casciano through the striking Florentine countryside. Around 60km in, we’ll hit Strade Bianche. It’s just a short stretch, but it’s a great test of your bike handling skills in preparation for what’s to come.
Riding, Wine & Olive Oil
We’re looking to keep the legs fresh for the weekend so it’s a short 60km ride today with a couple of sections of Strade Bianche to keep you on your toes.
We’ll pay a visit to Coltibuono Abbey in the afternoon for a chance to savour the best of Italian culture with wine and olive oil tasting.
Today we’ll ride over to Gaiole in Chianti to soak up the atmosphere of the Eroica Expo and pick up our race numbers for tomorrow’s big event.
We’ll also be picking up our classic bikes today, so it’s a good chance to get the bike set up just how you like it.
Today’s the big day! Put your wool kit on and get ready for the most authentic cycling experience you can imagine. Your Bianchi Vintage Eroica bike will inspire your ride!
We’ve featured the long route (209km) in our distance calculations but there are 4 different distances to choose from:
- Passeggiata / Leisure Route (46km)
- Percorso Corto / Short Route (75km)
- Percorso Classico / Classic Route (115km)
- Percorso Medio / Medium Route (135km)
- Percorso Lungo / Long Route (209km)
Unfortunately, our Eroica experience must come to an end. Our staff will drop you off at Florence Airport.