The beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest

L’Eroica is a non-competitive historical (“Ciclostorica”) and long historical (“Ciclostorica longe”) cycling event (herein referred to as event or incorrectly as race), that favours the social aspect of cycling and aims to promote the territory.

This is a commemorative historical race that passes along various white roads, i.e. non-asphalt roads at a controlled pace. Participation in L’Eroica is dedicated to cyclists wearing vintage or historically inspired cycling gear, on historical or vintage-style bikes, as described in Art. 6 of these rules and in the REGISTRATION section of the www.eroicagaiole.it and www.eroica.cc websites.

The rules and regulations of the event, which is affiliated with and promoted by the Association of Italian Sport’s Centres (ACSI), comply with the current regulations of the National Amateur sector of the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI).


ART. 1 – DATE AND PLACE

The event will take place on:

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2023 in Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

  • Long L’Eroica route, 209 km
  • Medium Crete Senesi route, 135 km

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 in Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

  • Cento Val D’Arbia route, 106 km
  • Medium Gallo Nero route, 81 km
  • Short Valle del Chianti route, 46 km


ART. 2 – ROUTES AND START

L’Eroica offers 5 different routes:

  • Long L’EROICA 209 km
  • Medium CRETE SENESI 135 km
  • One Hundred VAL D’ARBIA 106 km
  • Medium GALLO NERO 81 km
  • Short VALLE DEL CHIANTI 46 km

Each participant may choose the route that is most suited to him/her and the choice must be indicated when registering. However, it is possible to modify your choice up until 31 July 2023, without any penalty, as long as you choose a route requiring the same type of medical certificate for the practice of sport, as indicated in the following ART. 4.

This faculty may be curtailed or modified by the Organisation for technical and/or safety reasons.

Routes will be signposted but each rider is expected to use the "Road Book" and "Eroica map". The maps and GPS routes may be consulted and downloaded from the Routes page on the www.eroicagaiole.it website.

Starting times will be as follows:

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2023, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

  • Long L’EROICO 209 km route, only on pre-1930 bikes 04:30 – 05:00
  • Long L’EROICO 209 km route 05:00 – 06:00
  • Medium CRETE SENESI 135 km routes 06:00 – 07:00

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

  • One Hundred VAL D’ARBIA 106 km route 07:00 – 07:30
  • Medium GALLO NERO 81 km route 08:00 – 09:30
  • Short VALLE DEL CHIANTI 46 km routes: 08:00 – 09:30


ART. 3 – PARTICIPATION AND SPORT’S CLUB MEMBERSHIP

According to Italian law, at the time of registering, all cyclists must be members of a FCI, ACSI or a sport’s club that is affiliated with the FCI or recognised by FCI (ACSI , US ACLI , CSI, CSAIN, AICS, LIBERTAS, CSEN e UISP) ; members of OPES e ASI have to be activeted the BIKE Card .

A valid cycling club membership card must be uploaded onto the appropriate section of the My Eroica platform, at least 15 days before registering to give the Organisation time to check it. All cards will be checked within 15 days of being uploaded.

Membership categories are:

  • AMATEUR CYCLIST (COMPETITIVE)
  • LEISURE CYCLIST (NON-COMPETITIVE)

FCI membership are valid as is membership of clubs affiliated with FCI or recognised by FCI (ACSI , US ACLI , CSI, CSAIN, AICS, LIBERTAS, CSEN e UISP) ; members of OPES e ASI have to be activeted the BIKE Card .

Italian Cyclists who are NOT in possession of cycling club membership may register by paying €10 for “ACSI membership” which includes daily insurance cover for the events organised in Italy by Eroica Italia S.S.D. a r.l.

Foreign cyclists may register by paying €10 for “ACSI membership” which includes daily insurance cover for the events organised in Italy by Eroica Italia S.S.D. a r.l.

ACSI Membership may be downloaded as follows:

After registering on the MYACSI page https://www.myacsiciclismo.it/index.php, click on membership data on the left hand column, then follow the instructions to view the membership card and download it in pdf or take a screenshot.

ACSI Membership includes daily insurance cover, details of which can be downloaded from the ACSI website at the following link: https://ciclismo.acsi.it/assicurazioni

The Organisation reserves the incontestable right to accept or refuse registration or to exclude an entrant from an event, should his/her participation damage the image of the event. 

The “ACSI membership” card it must not be loaded on the MyEroica page.


ART. 4 – MEDICAL CERTIFICATE TO PRACTICE SPORT

All participants, including those who are members of a cycling club (as per ART. 3) are OBLIGED to present a valid MEDICAL CERTIFICATE to the organisers.

The medical certificate requested depends on the route chosen and on the type of club membership, as defined by the current regulations of the FCI.

Participants in the 209 km and 135 km, 106 km and 81 km routes must satisfy the following requisites:

  • athletes who are members of FCI, ACSI and other sport’s clubs: certificate of fitness to practice competitive cycling (certificates for other types of sport, such as triathlon, duathlon, athletics, etc. are not valid);
  • those who have residency in Italy but are not members of FCI, ACSI and other sport’s clubs: certificate of fitness to practice sport at a particularly elevated cardiovascular level (as per ex Ministerial Decree dated 24.04.2013)
  • those who reside abroad: certificate of fitness to participate in competitive cycling races, issued by a doctor in their own country of residence – as per this form (or equivalent) (LINK)

Participants in the 46 km route must satisfy the following requisites:

  • athletes who are members of FCI, ACSI and other sport’s clubs: certificate of fitness to practice non-competitive cycling (as per ex Ministerial Decree dated 24.04.2013);
  • those who are Italian residents by are not members of FCI, ACSI and other sport’s clubs: certificate of fitness to practice non-competitive cycling (as per ex Ministerial Decree dated 24.04.2013);
  • those who reside abroad: certificate of fitness to practice non-competitive sport issued by a doctor in their own country of residence – as per this form (or equivalent) (LINK)

The medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport must be uploaded to the “MyEroica” platform, in the “My documents” section, by 31 July 2023. The certificate will be checked and validated online within 15 days of being uploaded. If the certificate is not compliant, it will be refused and cancelled and the entrant will have to upload a new compliant one. If these conditions are not met, the cyclist will not be considered registered and he/she will also lose the right to be reimbursed.  

Each participant must declare, in accordance with D.P.R. no. 445 of 28 December 2000, that the documents uploaded to the MyEroica system correspond to the originals in his/her possession.

As well as providing a medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport and cycling club membership, minors aged 16 to 18, may participate only if authorized by a parent or legal guardian. The authorization form can be found at the following (LINK)

Those who are over-64 (sixty-four) and who still have a medical certificate to practice sport and cycling club membership, may participate in the 46 km, 81 km and 106 km routes.


ART. 5 – REGISTRATION METHODS AND FEES

It is possible to register online on the www.eroicagaiole.it website.

Each participant must first register on the MyEroica platform, choose a username and password which will afterwards be used to access MyEroica to register for the event.

Registration will open at 9:00 am on 13 December 2022 (CET, Rome) and will remain open until the available race numbers have been sold out, according to the following criteria:

  • RESERVED registration for Ciclo Club Eroica members at €60.00 (from 20 December 2022 to 30 June 2023)
  • STANDARD registration, open to all at €85.00 (until the 4,000 places available sell out)
  • PREMIUM registration, open to all at €110.00 (from 6 April 2023, until the 1,000 places available sell out)
  • COMBINED “A” (L’Eroica + Eroica Montalcino), open to all at €135.00 (until the 400 places available sell out)
  • COMBINED “B” (L’Eroica + NOVA Eroica), open to all at €120.00 (until the 400 places available sell out)

The registration fee, irrespective of the amount paid, includes: 

  • RACE PACK with event gifts and souvenirs; 
  • RACE ENVELOPE with bib number and number to be attached to your bicycle, roadbook which will be stamped at checkpoints and Eroica map with details of the routes, food stops, checkpoints and mechanical assistance; 
  • FOOD STOPS in varying numbers according to the length of the route chosen; 
  • PRIZE at the finish line; 
  • PASTA PARTY at the end of the event;
  • SHOWERS at the finish line.


ART. 6 – CRITERIA REGARDNG BICYCLES, CLOTHING and ACCESSORIES

L’Eroica is an event dedicated to cyclists with vintage or historically inspired road-racing bicycles, clothing and accessories.

6.1 – Bicycles

At L’Eroica, only the following kinds of bikes are permitted:

  • vintage road-racing bikes, or so-called HEROIC BIKES, as described in paragraph 6.1.a;
  • historically inspired or VINTAGE-STYLE BIKES, including recently built bikes, as described in the below paragraph 6.1.b.;

Only those bikes described in paragraphs 6.1.a / 6.1.b are permitted.

6.1.a – Heroic bikes or vintage bikes

HEROIC BIKES (or vintage bikes) are all road-racing bikes built up to and including 1987, both with and without gears, such as those built in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. These bicycles usually have a steel frame but rare aluminium frames are admitted as long as the tubes are screwed and glued (like ALAN type frames) and not welded.

Regarding components, bicycles should adhere to the following general guidelines:

a) More recent bikes with gears and derailleurs must have shift levers on the down tube of the frame (exceptions include pre-1980 non indexed bar-end gear shifters);

b) Pedals may have toe clips and straps or original pedals for older bikes; quick release, clip-less pedals are not allowed;

c) Brake cables must pass outside and over the handlebars (cables can pass inside the frame);

d) Older bicycles with gears must have the original gears;

e) Wheels must have at least 32 spokes laced to a low profile rim (20 mm depth or less); rims must be of either steel, aluminium or wood;

f) Both tubular tyres and clinchers with inner tubes are allowed;

g) We invite participants to fit saddles from the same period as the bicycles, so a model from 1987 or earlier; alternatively we suggest fitting a vintage model of modern production. Carbon saddles are not permitted;

h) Change of the gear ratios is allowed;

i) There are no restrictions regarding the type of brakes, as long as they are in keeping with the period of construction of the bicycle and they are safe.

Obviously, early 20th century bicycles without gears do not need to comply with the above criteria as long as they have their original components.

6.1.b – Vintage-style or modern built bikes

Vintage-style, steel framed bikes of new or recent construction with vintage look and characteristics may be used only if they are road-racing bikes assembled using vintage components or replicated parts similar to the originals, as described above.

Bikes inspired by models from the 1970s and 80s, as described in point 6.1.a must respect the characteristics (a,b,c) regarding shift levers, toe clips and straps and brake cables.

6.1.c – Waivers and exemptions

On request, exceptions regarding the type of bicycle may be granted to participants with disabilities.

For the 46 km route, other types of vintage bicycles will be admitted, such as postman’s bikes, general working bicycles, leisure bicycles, etc.

Mountain bikes are excluded from all routes.

Any registered cyclist who arrives at the starting line or is found on the route with a bicycle that does not conform to the rules and regulations of the event will be disqualified.

6.2 – Clothing

Participants must wear vintage or vintage-style cycling gear, such as wool jerseys and shorts and avoid wearing modern technical gear in a visible way. Modern lycra jerseys and shorts are not permitted.

6.3 – Accessories

With regard to the vintage spirit of the event, participants are invited to carefully select all their accessories, from shoes to caps and water bottles etc. The only modern cycling accessory allowed is a safety-cycling helmet, which we encourage everybody to use.


ART. 7 – RESPECT THE RULES OF THE ROAD

All participants are expected to respect the Rules of the Road.

L’Eroica is a non-competitive historical (“Ciclostorica”) and long historical (“Ciclostorica longe”) cycling event on asphalt and white roads that favours the social aspect of cycling and aims to promote the territory. The routes are divided among little-used white gravel and asphalt roads along which riders will maintain a controlled pace.

Participants in the Long 209 km and Medium 135 km routes are OBLIGED to use front and back lights on their bikes or a light may be positioned on the helmet. Lights may be modern.

We recommend that all riders carry a repair kit for punctures and breakdowns.


ART. 8 – VALIDITY OF REGISTRATION

Registration can be considered valid only when:

  • the electronic registration procedure has been completed and the corresponding fee has been credited to the Organisation;
  • the cycling club membership has been uploaded to the My Eroica page and validated by the Organisation;
  • the medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport has been uploaded and validated by the Organisation.

The L’Eroica Organisation may, incontestably, at any time, decide whether or not to accept a registration, without obligation to provide further explanation.


ART. 9 – SUBSTITUTION OR CANCELLATION

If a registered cyclist is unable to participate in L’Eroica, the registration fee will not be reimbursed and the race pack will not be sent.

It is possible to request the substitution of a participant by writing to [email protected] up to 30 days before the event, as long as registration is in order. The new participant must register on the “My Eroica” platform and upload the requested documents (valid cycling club membership medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport, as per ART. 3 and ART. 4). An administration fee of €15.00 will be charged for this service.

Up to 30 days before the event, it will be possible to cancel your registration by sending an email to [email protected] The Organisation reserves the right to judge whether the requests received are prompted by an “objective impossibility to participate due to injury”, as documented by medical records, which will be handled in compliance with current privacy laws.

For cases accepted by the Organisation, the registration fee will be considered valid for the same event on the following year, upon payment of an administration fee of €15.

Any registration considered valid for the following year is strictly personal and cannot be transferred to a third party. Should the cyclist fail to participate again, the registration fee will be forfeited.


ART. 10 – COLLECTION OF RACE ENVELOPE AND PACK

In Gaiole in Chianti, RACE PACKS and NUMBERS will be distributed before the event, at the following times:

  • Wednesday 27 September 2023, 15:00–19:00;
  • Thursday 28 September 2023, 09:00–13:00 and 15:00–19:00;
  • Friday 29 September 2023, 09:00–19:00;
  • Saturday 30 September 2023, 04:30–07:00 and 09:00–19:00;
  • Sunday 1 October 2023, 06:00–09:30.

In order to pick up your RACE PACK and ENVELOPE, it is mandatory to present:

  • A printout of your “MY EROICA” page;
  • Cycling club membership as per ART. 3 of the current regulations;
  • Medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport, as per ART. 4 of the current regulations;
  • A valid form of I.D.

It will be possible to have a friend or trusted person collect the RACE ENVELOPE and RACE PACK on your behalf, as long as they present:

  • A printout of the “MY EROICA” page, with the proxy section completed and signed (LINK);
  • Copy of the I.D. of the delegating party;
  • Copy of the cycling club membership as per ART. 3 of the current regulations;
  • Medical certificate showing fitness to practice sport, as per ART. 4 of the current regulations;
  • A valid form of I.D. of the delegated party.


ART. 11 – MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE

The “Eroica bike shop” will provide mechanical assistance at the start and finish lines. Assistance by private vehicles following the event is not permitted. The Organisation guarantees mechanical assistance for a fee at all food stops, along the route and at the finish line, without guaranteeing timely service for all athletes.

MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE: Opening and Closing times

Saturday 30 September 2023

  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 05:45 – 10:00
  • MURLO Castello 06:30 – 11:45
  • MONTALCINO Piazza del Popolo 07:45 – 12:00
  • LUCIGNANO 08:45 – 13:30
  • BUONCONVENTO 09:30 – 14:30
  • ASCIANO 09:15 – 16:00
  • CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA 10:00 – 17:15
  • RADDA IN CHIANTI 12:30 – 19:45

Sunday 1 October 2023

  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 08:15 – 11:00
  • MONTERONI D’ARBIA 09:00 – 13:00
  • DIEVOLE 09:00 – 17:00
  • RADDA IN CHIANTI 09:30 – 14:00
  • LAMOLE - VOLPAIA 10:15 – 15:50

We recommend that all riders carry a repair kit for punctures and breakdowns.

The number to call for mechanical assistance can be found in the road book.

Mechanical assistance cell. +39 345 9337 907


ART. 12 – MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

A medical emergency plan has been shared and approved by the 118 operative centre for the Siena – Grosseto Department of Emergencies.

The event is followed by trained S.O.S 118 ambulances and doctors.

The number to call for emergencies can be found in the road book:

Health Care cell. +39 349 4661 633

Emergencies 118


ART. 13 – CLOSURE OF ROUTES and DETOURS

Saturday 30 September 2023

  • All routes must be completed by 21:00.
  • In the Il Molino (Buonconvento) area, from 11:00, all riders will be redirected to the 135 km route.
  • In Torrenieri, from 12:45, all riders will be redirected towards S.P. 75 of Pieve a Salti
  • In Castelnuovo Berardenga San Piero in Barca, from 18:00, all riders will be redirected towards Brolio and Gaiole in Chianti, along the asphalt road.

Sunday 1 October 2023

  • All routes must be completed by 18:30.
  • In Radda in Chianti La Croce, from 14:00, all riders will be redirected towards Vertine-Gaiole in Chianti.


ART. 14 – FOOD STOPS

Two types of food stops will be provided along the routes:

  • OFFICIAL EROICA FOOD STOP (indicated by ‘R’ on the EROICA MAP), providing water, wine and sweet and savoury food in authentic Eroica style;
  • GREETING STOP (organised by local communities to demonstrate their friendship with Eroica. These are indicated by ‘S’ on the Eroica map), offering less than the official food stops.

Please note that all types of FOOD STOP (both official and greeting) are always FREE of charge.

FOOD STOPS: opening and closing times

Saturday 30 September 2023

  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 05:45 – 10:00
  • MURLO Castello 06:30 – 11:45
  • MONTALCINO Piazza del Popolo 07:45 – 12:00
  • BUONCONVENTO 09:30 – 14:30
  • ASCIANO 09:15 – 16:00
  • CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA 10:00 – 17:15

Sunday 1 October 2023

  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 08:15 – 11:00
  • MONTERONI D’ARBIA 09:00 – 13:00
  • DIEVOLE 09:00 – 17:00
  • RADDA IN CHIANTI 09:30 – 14:00
  • LAMOLE - VOLPAIA 10:15 – 15:45

Details regarding food and greeting stops will be published on the www.eroicagaiole.it website.


ART. 15 – CHECKPOINT STAMPS

Checkpoint stamps are the only proof of the route undertaken. The Road Book will be stamped at the start, along the route and at the finish line. There is just one Road Book for all routes.

CHECKPOINTS: Opening and closing times

Saturday 30 September 2023

  • GAIOLE IN CHIANTI 04:15 – 07:00
  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 05:45 – 10:00
  • MURLO Castello - CONTROLLO 06:30 – 11:45
  • MONTALCINO Piazza del Popolo 07:45 – 12:00
  • LUCIGNANO D’ASSO 08:45 – 13:30
  • BUONCONVENTO 09:30 – 14:30
  • ASCIANO 09:15 – 16:00
  • CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA 10:00 – 17:15
  • RADDA IN CHIANTI 12:30 – 19:45
  • GAIOLE IN CHIANTI 11:15 – 21:00

Sunday 1 October 2023

  • GAIOLE IN CHIANTI 06:45 – 09:30
  • SIENA Piazza del Campo 08:15 – 11:00
  • MONTERONI D’ARBIA 09:00 – 13:00
  • DIEVOLE - CONTROLLO 09:00 – 17:00
  • RADDA IN CHIANTI 09:30 – 14:00
  • LAMOLE - VOLPAIA 10:15 – 15:45
  • GAIOLE IN CHIANTI 09:45 – 18:30

N.B. Other random checks may be carried out.


ART. 16 – PRIZES

Participants who complete L’Eroica will receive a prize at the finish.

In order to collect the prize, the participant must come in person to the area around the finish line with his/her bicycle and stamped road book.


ART. 17 – COMPLAINTS

Any complaints must be sent to the Organisation by email - [email protected] - within 10 days of the event.


ART. 18 – INFORMATION

The event is organised by Eroica Italia SSD, Via Giacomo Matteotti, 13 - 53024 Montalcino (Siena), under the aegis of ACSI (Association of Italian Sport’s Centres), a sport’s promotion body recognised by CONI (the Italian National Olympic Committee).

For information in Italian: Franco Rossi +39 335.7410551

For information in English: Francesca Bianchi +39 335.1251812

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.eroicagaiole.it


ART. 19 – CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT OF THE EVENT

If, for reasons of force majeure, the event does not take place, the registration fee will not be reimbursed but will be considered valid for the following edition, should the entrant still wish to participate.

The Organisation will charge an administration fee of €15.00 to move the registration to the following year. The request to register for the following year and the administration fee must be received by the date indicated by the Organisation upon cancellation of the event.

Furthermore, should the organisation of the event or participation of over half of those registered be put at risk due to force majeure or other serious causes, the Organisation reserves the right to move the place and/or date of the event within the same calendar year. In this case, the registration fee will be considered valid for the event on the new date, with no additional costs. It will, however, not be possible to move your registration to the following year.


ART. 20 – VARIATIONS

The Organisation reserves the right to make changes to the regulations at any time. The www.eroicagaiole.it website is the only official source of information regarding the event. Therefore, all official communications will be made exclusively through this website.


ART. 21 – DISQUALIFICATION

 Disqualification lasting 2 years will apply in the following cases:

  • Unauthorised deviations from the route;
  • Abusive or offensive behaviour towards members of the Organisation;
  • Lack of respect for the environment, such as littering in non-designated areas, outside food stops and checkpoints.

In serious cases, such as participating with another rider’s RACE NUMBER and unauthorised transfer of one’s registration, disqualification may be for life, subject to the incontestable judgement of the Organisation.

We appeal to the civic duty of all participants to keep the routes and locality clean and litter-free.


ART. 22 – APPROVAL, CONSENT, AUTHORISATION, ETC.

When requesting to participate in L’Eroica Gaiole in Chianti by any of the methods provided for by the current regulations, each participant, from the moment of registration:

  • declares that he/she has read and accepted the current Regulations in every part;
  • guarantees his/her own behaviour during and after the event;
  • declares that he/she is in good physical health and that he/she has provided the Organisation with a valid medical certificate, having undergone a medical examination for the practice of competitive or leisure cycling, thus giving the Organisation the utmost leverage in the event of any damages resulting from his/her participation in the event;
  • expresses consent to the use of his/her personal information, including for commercial use, as provided for under Italian privacy law no. 196 dated 30/06/2003, and European Union Regulation 2017/679 (GDPR/18);
  • gives the Organisation the most ample consent to use, according to the law, including for profit, any video or photographic images taken during the days of the event, giving the Organisation the right to transfer such images to third parties.

Said authorisation, regarding the use of one’s own image, is to be considered permanent and without any territorial limits anywhere in the world. Images may be used in various publications and filmed material, including but not limited to promotional and/or advertising material produced on any medium. The Organisation may, furthermore, transfer to third parties and to its own institutional and commercial partners, the usage rights covered by this agreement.

The Organisation declines any responsibility, either direct or on the part of its collaborators, for any accident or damage to people or property, that may arise before, during and after the event or as a result of the same.


ART. 23 – PROCESSING AND REGISTRATION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The processing and registration of personal information will be carried out by the following two companies:

EROICA ITALIA SSD A.R.L.

Via G. Matteotti 13

53024 Montalcino, Siena, Italia

P.IVA 01433070529

L’EROICA S.R.L.

Via Casabianca 25

53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

P.IVA 01357870524

The personal information of all participants will be processed and registered according to the terms of Italian privacy law no. 196 dated 30/06/2003 and European Union Regulation 2017/679 (GDPR/