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L’Eroica 2016 (October 2) is quickly arriving…and not everyone knows that there are many itineraries to choose from, as you can see from the large map that circumnavigates Chianti Classico Senese and part of Chianti Classico Fiorentino (Panzano in Chianti and Monteﬁridolﬁ, where there will also be a refreshment stand). Here they are.
This is the simplest itinerary, approximately 3 hours and 700 meters of slope to get a taste of the Eroica bicycle race. There is a suggestive route from the Castello di Brolio and the vineyards of Chianti Classico among the typical Tuscan ﬂora and the downhill slope towards Pianella with the background of the panorama of Siena, the characteristic “Leccione”.
SHORT ROUTE 75 KM
In four hours, in addition to the beauty of the short route, there are things not to be missed: The hospitality of Radda in Chianti, the restoration/refreshments and the shops of the antique village, a real treat for the racers; the restoration Point of Panzano (Volpaia), where Tuscan specialties like ribollita, typical cold cuts and wine are offered.
CHIANTI CLASSICO ROUTE 115 KM
This route requires more than six hours and has a slope of 2400 m. This should be followed by those who are well prepared. It is entirely in Chianti Territory, with 50 km of white roads, and an uphill slope of up to 18%, 28 or 32 “rapporti” are advisable.
MEDIUM ROUTE 135 KM
Here we have reached the myth of the elite Eroica race, but amateurs can still participate. The race takes as long as 10 to 12 hours and more. It passes through the medieval Village of Buonconvento, the Ristori di Radi, Castelnuovo Berardenga. It also covers the famous uphill of Mount Sante Marie where the real challenge is to do it on pedals!
LONG ROUTE 209 KM
Here is the authentic Eroica. It covers more than 3700 meters of slope and requires an average of 15 hours. Cyclists arrive as late as 10 in the evening. Here is the spirit of an extreme race, but also the most beautiful landscapes of this territory: from the night passage of the candlelit illumination of the Castello di Brolio, to Siena, to medieval villages like Buonconvento, i Ristori, including the Pieve a Saliti with its organic food… Don’t miss the pie made with whole wheat organic farro!!