ITALIAN GRAN FONDO
ITALY, The spiritual home of cycling offers iconic roads, great food, fine wine and breathtaking scenery. Italian Gran Fondos are some of the most well organised in the world and a lot have closed roads. Here we highlight two famous Italian Classics, the Giro d'Italia now in its 101st year and the l'Eroica the heroic one
4 MAY - 27 MAY 2018
2018 Giro d"Italia's Big Start is from Jerusalem. This 101st edition will be a surprising one: for the first time ever, a Grand Tour will set off outside Europe, and the finish will be in Rome. This has only occured 3 times before, 1911, 1950 and 2009.
Some stats for the 2018 Giro
Total Route 3,546.2 km - Daily Average 168.9 km - Individual Time Trials 2 - 7 sprint stages - 6 medium/difficulty stages - 6 high difficulty stages
The story of 100 years of Giro d'Italia
STAGE 11 - 16 MAY | Assisi to Ossimo - 156 km
Assisi is a beautiful Umbrian medieval hill town famous for Italy's Patron Saint, St. Francis/San Francesco, with its stunning Basilica and frescoes honouring the revered Saint.
Assisi is located approximately 45 minutes from Cortona, Tuscany
7 OCTOBER 2018 - Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany
Vintage Cycle Race
“We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment”
Giancarlo Brocci, Creator of L'Eroica
L’Eroica started in 1997 because of one man, Giancarlo Brocci, who admired the values of a past cycling so much that he wanted to reconnect others to the heritage that inspired much Italian history, literature, culture, and music.
L’Eroica was also begun as a foundation for the protection and preservation of the last gravel roads in Tuscany. These romantic concepts led to the idea of L’Eroica, the heroic one - an event that initially saw 92 “hunters of feelings and emotions”, as the creator Giancarlo Brocci defines them.
“ We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment: the heroic cycling of Bartali and Coppi and the sacrifice that seeks out our physical boundaries where thirst, hunger, and exhaustion are felt with all their strength. It’s cycling that can spread respect and create bonds between loyal opponents. It is cycling in a healthy way, and its participants are inspiring and beautiful to watch!
There is an opportunity for groups to see l'Eroica race when passing by Montalcino route.