The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

Don’t call it a festival! L'Eroica, the one with the “capital L apostrophe”, is a product of the people, like the people who launched a new era in Woodstock 50 years ago.

 On the first Sunday of October, nothing that is not spontaneous occurs around the Event. Nothing is planned, bit by bit we have adapted the event to what the people want from the mother they wait a full year to see, counting on finding her just as beautiful as she was when they left her.

All kinds of everything will fill Gaiole’s few streets: music, theatre, books, various art exhibitions, champions and the glories of the town, markets full of odds and ends, ingenious creations and passions from the four winds. The show will go on among the stalls and stands, with characters from all over the world meeting here to celebrate their Christmas, sussing each other out, recognising and discovering each other once again. One year, a few vintage cars were brought to the event; two winners of the Mille Miglia appeared briefly and were then swallowed up by the crowd. The obvious moral of this story is that we, the heroes, are the only protagonists here and that everything else is superfluous.

Giancarlo Brocci











SATURDAY 28 September, 15:30

Via Casabianca

“Waiting for L’Eroica“ Kids race, with the future ‘heroes’

6 categories for boys and 6 for girls.

Prizes for all participants.

Organised by Società Ciclistica Pedale Senese 1952 A.S.D


EROICA CAFFÈ - BROLIO

Loc. Madonna a Brolio – Brolio Castle Cellars

Open daily from 7:30 to 20:00

Sunday 6 October from 4:00 to 20:00

All heroes are welcome.


EROICA CAFFÈ – Gaiole in Chianti

from THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER to SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER

Ex Cantine Ricasoli

Thursday 03/10/2018: 12:00 – 19:00

Friday 04/10/2018: 8:00 – 20:00

Saturday 05/10/2018: 8:00 – 21:00

Sunday 06/10/2018: 4:00 – 20:00

Eroica Caffè is a place to try typical Tuscan fare and take time out for a chat



RACE NUMBER COLLECTION

Ex Cantine Ricasoli

Friday 4 October: 9:00/13:00–15:00/19:00

Saturday 5 October: 9:00/19:00

Sunday 6 October: 4:30 – 9:00


RACE PACK COLLECTION

Eroica Base (ex Consorzio Agrario)

Friday 4 October: 9:00/13:00–15:00/19:00

Saturday 5 October: 9:00/19:00

Sunday 6 October: 4:30 – 19:00

VINTAGE BIKES & ACCESSORIES EXHIBIT AND MARKET

from FRIDAY 4 to SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER: from 09:00 to 19:00


FLAVOURS OF SIENA AND OF ITALY

Along the streets of Gaiole in Chianti

from FRIDAY 4 to SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER: from 09:00 to 19:00


HEROIC BIKES REGISTER

Ex-tourist information office, Gaiole in Chianti

Friday 4 October: 15:00/19:00

Saturday 5 October: 10:00/13:00 – 15:00/18:00


PIKE – NEW TRADITIONAL BARBER

Piazza Ricasoli

Friday: 13.00–20:00

Saturday: 09.00–20.00


EROICA SHOP WINDOW

Passion & Bicycles

Shop window Competition – certificate for all participants

In collaboration with Siena Confcommercio


EXHIBITION “CAMPAGNOLO: QUESTIONE DI SCATTI 

At the former Cantine Ricasoli winery, Campagnolo is delighted to present “QUESTIONE DI SCATTI”, a photography exhibition which charts the history of vintage cycling, from the historic Franciscana ride in Umbria to L'Eroica. From vintage images to modern, it explores the history of cycling and the Campagnolo brand, and is curated by Guido P. Rubino.

A selection of collector's edition Campagnolo parts will also be on display, accompanied by the latest Campagnolo 12-speed groupsets.


THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER,


WAITING FOR L’EROICA: Dinner on the move and wine tasting with live music by Gabriele Mori e i ragazzi Scimmia

 in collaboration with the Gaiole in Chianti Pro-loco

Piazza Ricasoli,  19:00 – 22:00



FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER


 Live Music with “I Falsi D’Autore“

From 19.00 Garden in front of the Philharmonic hall Via F. Ferrucci




L’Eroica meets the Fondazione Molteni – APERITIF and tasting of local produce and wines from the Barone Ricasoli cellar.

Reserved for Ciclo Club Eroica members. Music from the 60s and 70s by Dj Iaia

19:00/23:00 , Eroica Caffè Brolio




SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER


BROLIO CASTLE

‐ 3.00 PM: guided visit in ENGLISH

WAITING FOR L’EROICA AT BROLIO CASTLE: The tour starts at the restaurant for lunch at 12:30PM.

Guided visit of Brolio Castle (Chapel, Ricasoli collection and garden) and the Ricasoli cellars. Tasting of some of the estate’s best wines, including the new vintage of Brolio Bettino, Chianti Classico 2017.

Price per person: 60€

Reduced price for RICASOLI WINE CLUB members: 45€

Reservation required (by 1 October): castello@ricasoli.it



Street shows and live music

“Papillon Vintage Swing Band”

“Niki DJ Tutti i Frutti”

“Fanfara dei Bersaglieri”

10.00 – 22.00 Piazza Ricasoli




CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

10:00 – 13:00 Via Casabianca giardini Scuole 

Celebrating the “beauty of the bicycle and of the cyclist”, with prizes for the most impressive and authentic vintage bikes and riders.

Participation: €10.00, prizes and certificates for all participants.

Winners will be announced during the swing show in Piazza Ricasoli at 16:00. 


Press Conference: L’Eroica is Christmas in the cycling world. Presentation of the 2020 calendar of events

11.30 , Auditorium Ex Cantine Ricasoli


 MINI-EROICA Luciano Berruti: fun ride through the streets of Gaiole for children up to 14 years.

Party with snacks at the finish.

15.30, Via Casabianca



MEETING WITH THE AUTHORS:

14:30/16:30  – Auditorium ex Cantine Ricasoli

4 amazing books telling the best cycling stories, presented by Stefano Fiori & Piergiorgio Giacovazzo:

Alfabeto Fausto Coppi by Gino Cervi and Giovanni Battistuzzi

Coppi ultimo by Marco Pastonesi

LABiCi della felicità by Ludovica Casellati

Chino verso nord by Willy Mulonia


Mass in memory of Luciano Berruti, Gino Bartali and Felice Gimondi

17:00 – S. Sigismondo Parish Church


Blessing of Heroic Bicycles

17:30 – Church square



Street shows and live music

“Papillon Vintage Swing Band”

“Niki DJ Tutti i Frutti”

“Fanfara dei Bersaglieri”

10.00 – 22.00 - Piazza Ricasoli



Prize-giving for the best L’Eroica shop window “Passion & Bicycles“

18:30 – Piazza Ricasoli


HEROES DINNER: 

19:30 – 23:00 – in the big white marquee, a buffet dinner will be served with Tuscan products and Barone Ricasoli wine.

During the evening Giancarlo Brocci will greet the public, followed by live music with Roberto Vasarri, Paolo Riviera and Gianni Giannini.

PRESALES ONLINE  


SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER – L’Eroica


4:30 – start of 209 and 135 km routes, dedicated to Luciano Berruti on pre-1930 bicycles

05:00/07:00 – start of 209 and 135 km routes

07:00/07:30 – start of 106 km route, dedicated to Felice Gimondi

08:00/09:30 – start of 81 and 46 km routes

Piazza Ricasoli




ARRIVAL OF THE HEROES: welcome and gifts for “Finisseurs” of all 5 rou

10:15/21:30 – Piazza Ricasoli



18:00 Parade by the Gaiole in Chianti “Banda Fortunato Vannetti”