L'Eroica Retro Bike Tour - Dolomites & Gran Fondo in Chianti, Tuscany
L'Eroica Tour - Dolomites & Tuscany |
September 28–October 8 2018
L’Eroica is a ‘vintage’ Gran Fondo, run on the dirt roads of the Chianti region in Tuscany, which we will save for last.
Our plan is to start with a tour of the Dolomites in Italy’s north, before heading south towards Chianti. After a couple of days in Chianti, we’ll ride grand ol’ L’Eroica with countless others, past pencil pines, vines and many an olive tree. The complete tour will be hard, rewarding and eccentric, so don’t miss it. Grab your ol’ pre ‘87 steely and come along.
Excellent accomms, cuisine, and unique rides, guaranteed.
NB: You may be able to hire an old steely for L’Eroica, we have a few. Please contact us to help facilitate. Or a full carbon bike for the other rides, or both!
Tour Price: $5950 (AUD) (Per person)
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]
Tour Start / FinishVenice - Florence (via the Italian Dolomites)
Pick UpSeptember 28 - Pickup 10.00am: The Marriott Courtyard Venice Airport Hotel (or other location if arranged prior)
Drop OffOctober 8 - Drop off 12.00 Noon: TBC Florence Rail Station SMN (or other location if arranged prior)
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Friday, Sept 28: Day 1 | Venice - Cortaccia
Saturday, Sept 29: Day 2 |
Sunday, Sept 30: Day 3 | Dolomites
Monday Oct 1: Day 4 |
The Sella Ronda is the setting where a young Cadel Evans placed himself into the Giro’s leader’s jersey during his first grand tour back in 2002, on a stage finish into Corvara in Badia, at the base of Passo Gardena.
Tuesday Oct 2: Day 5 |
The Marmolada, where Emmanuele Sella won his 2nd consecutive hilltop finish in 2008’s Giro, before going positive and out of the race scene for a couple of years. We’re just positive we’ll make it over, around, and back over the Pordoi (for the 2nd time in as many days) to return to Arabba for our final night of rest on the Sella Ronda.
Another magnificent 50k loop, around ‘Passo Falzarego’ (to the east of Arabba). We’ll head out of town, back over Campolongo, descend through Corvara, turning right at La Villa. Here commences the climb to Passo Valparola, which peaks at 2192m (just a few metres under that of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciusko). From Valporola we continue onto Falzarego, where we’ll once again turn right and head down towards Caprile, turning right to head home to Arabba. Lunch will be en route.
Wednesday Oct 3: Day 6 |
Thursday Oct 4: Day 7 |
Friday Oct 5: Day 8 | Head for Chianti, Tuscany
Saturday Oct 6: Day 9 |
Sunday Oct 7: Day 10 | L'Eroica Gran Fondo!
Monday Oct 8: Day 11 | Pack up day
Time to pack our gear and bikes, and get on our way to our next destinations. Drop off point will be central Florence Rail Station Santa Maria Novella.
L'Eroica Tour - Chianti & Tuscany