The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Dear Eroici one and all, we owe you a decision, although it’s one that we all tried to avoid. A multitude of meetings, lively debates, the involvement of the best technical experts, the new guidelines issued in mid-July that made us feel optimistic, were not enough to avoid having to cancel L'Eroica, on the first weekend in October. We are making this announcement, without rhetoric, as we are obliged by socio-environmental and health conditions to act responsibly. We have always talked about the miracle that is Gaiole in Chianti, a small village of 1,000 inhabitants that has repeatedly met the heroic challenge of hosting over 10,000 visitors. This year, we must all, together with the Mayor and local Institutions, who are understandably concerned, deal with the rules that, although we had predisposed the means for maintaining social distancing, would have distorted that magical climate that makes L'Eroica the unique and unrepeatable event that it is. Of course, the national Government’s recent decision to extend the State of Emergency to 15 October, as well as the general evolution of the pandemic worldwide, have taken their toll. Our decision is also taken out of respect for approximately a third of those registered, some of whom come from countries that are still experiencing the dramatic effects of the pandemic and would have real difficulty in participating. The cancellation of the event for the above-mentioned reasons of force majeure will disappoint some people and please others. Registrations for L'Eroica 2020 will be valid for L'Eroica 2021, as per our Regulation (Art.17). We will inform you as soon as possible regarding the procedure for moving your registration. Please rest assured that our commitment does not end here, Eroica Germania, Eroica Montalcino and Nova Eroica Buonconvento, events with a lower number of participants that can be managed more easily, will go ahead. We would like to invite you all to rate the ability of our people to respect each other and follow the rules, especially at Eroica Montalcino on 30 August. To those who are sorry to miss L'Eroica in October, we would like to remind you that the permanent route is always open and we, together with the whole territory, are ready to welcome you all year round.

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The Routes
Leisure Ride VALLE DEL CHIANTI
46KM
Leisure Ride VALLE DEL CHIANTI
ELEVATION GAIN 709M
Taste the L’Eroica atmosphere on this simple route that takes about 3 hours and has a 700m altitude difference.
Short Route GALLO NERO
81KM
Short Route GALLO NERO
ELEVATION GAIN 1,560M
This route is the "gateway" to the myth of L'Eroica. Covering about 4 hours, in addition to the highlights of the leisure route.
Hundred Route VAL D’ARBIA
106KM
Hundred Route VAL D’ARBIA
ELEVATION GAIN 1,737M
A new route that passes through the Crete Senesi has been added to the 23rd edition of L'Eroica, Gaiole in Chianti. The route is challenging but is within reach of many because the length and elevation gain are not excessive.
Medium route - crete senesi
135KM
Medium route - crete senesi
ELEVATION GAIN 2,200M
We are touching on the "legend", while still within reach of amateur cyclists, with route times that can stretch beyond 10-12 hours or more.
long route
209KM
long route
ELEVATION GAIN 3,768M
This is "L’Eroica" at its most authentic. With over 3,700m altitude difference and an average 15-hour ride, many finish after 10pm!
permanent route
209KM
permanent route
ELEVATION GAIN 3,891M
The great adventure of L’Eroica is no longer restricted to the first Sunday of October but can be enjoyed all year long riding on the permanent route.
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L'EROICA 2019 AFTER MOVIE
We want to thank each of you. There were 8,000 of you and all of us together succeeded in making the event intimate, where cycling and our old bikes helped us torealise a dream, getting us all together in one enormous embrace.