Tahoe Wilderness Medicine and Thomson Bike Tours bring you Tuscany. Smooth roads, beautiful scenery, challenging climbs, and historical sites and vineyards.
Known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture, Tuscany is also one of the most beautiful places to ride in Italy.
This trip takes you on an intensive week of riding through the Chianti region of Tuscany, including some of the famous Strade Bianche or un-paved “white” roads.
You will be staying in Radda in Chianti at a fully refurbished manor house from the 1700s, complete with heated outdoor pool, its own ancient wine cellar and restaurant with panoramic terrace. This beautiful location means you will be able to completely unwind in the evening over a glass of Italy’s finest red wine.
Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.
We do offer a non-CME course option which is available for non-medical participants to enjoy the trip with a medical professional registered for the course. The non-CME option does not include the Summer Wilderness Medicine training and education and is priced at $4,320 USD. Please let us know after booking if you would like the non-CME option.
- Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
- Wilderness Patient Assessment
- Heat Related Illness
- Wound Management and Burns
- Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
- Bites, Stings, Animal Attacks
- Cold Related Illness
- Wilderness Trauma - Case Based Workshop
After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
- Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
- Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8- AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Hour for hour instructor based California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
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Welcome to beautiful Tuscany!
Our trip starts at Florence airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Radda in Chianti.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride through the Chianti vineyards.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Florence Airport or at the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli
Our ride today focuses on the Chianti region, famous for its wine and rolling hills. After leaving our hotel in Radda we’re quickly climbing through the vineyards that belong to the famous Poggerino winery. More short, steep climbs follow as the ride continues through Lucolena, Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti.
The road continues through vineyards and typical Chianti landscapes before the final climb through Lecchi in Chianti and back to our hotel in Radda.
Chianti is home to the L’Eroica Vintage Gran Fondo which features the famous Strade Bianche gravel roads. We couldn’t come to Chianti and not include an opportunity to ride these famous roads.
So today, our ride follows the “percorso corto” route of the L’Eroica with a total distance of 79km, most of it on gravel!
Those who prefer a longer ride can attempt the “percorso medio” (135km) or the “percorso lungo” (209km).
Today we explore the hills on the eastern edge of Chianti. Our first climb takes us up to the Castello di Brolio, one of the most famous castles in Tuscany - believed to be where the recipe for Chainti wine was invented. After a short stop at the castle our route continues on a loop around the eastern border of Chianti.
Eventually we arrive at the town of Mercatale Valdarno which signals the start of the 8km climb to Monteluco. From Monteluco it’s downhill just about all the way to our hotel in Radda.
Tuscany is so overwhelmingly beautiful that it is hard to pick out places that delight above all others.
Today we’ve chosen two places that are exceptional, even for Tuscany: the town of San Gimignano and the medieval, walled town of Monteriggione. We’ll have short stops in each location to give you a chance to discover these magnificent towns - and enjoy a gelato!
A tough finale
Our last day in Chianti and we’ve saved a tough ride for last. We’ve already ridden to the south, west and east of Radda, today our ride takes us north towards the city of Florence.
Save your legs for the final 40km which features no less than 4 climbs. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Florence Airport, arriving at approximately 9:00am.