We like to think that the bicycle was invented so that we could enjoy the beauty that surrounds us more fully.
This idea culminates in Montalcino, in the extraordinary territory of the Val d’Orcia, where the landscape, nature, colours and man’s toil unite to bring us uniquely intense emotions. When the bike meets these emotions, a miracle happens that is magnified by the slow passage of time and the effort of pedalling. Time and effort, the same elements that have shaped this territory, which is unique in the world.
Eroica Montalcino promises all of this: a great Festival of colour, fatigue, dust and beauty, on your bike, immersed in the charm of Tuscany and its territory.
The centre of Montalcino will become the stage of the Festival, illuminated by lanterns made from the old jerseys of the cyclists of yore, assaulted by music, dance, costumes and bikes from when cycling was a heroic, people’s sport.
The actors on the stage are the very riders who, with their bikes and enthusiasm, will renew the L’Eroica magic, riding along the winding roads between rows of prestigious vines, rapt ...”by the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest”!
Friday 24 May
12:00 "Cycling on the Strade Bianche" with Damiano Cunego and Maurizio Coccia
17:00 OPENING OF EROICA MONTALCINO
17:00/19:00 Pick-up race envelopes at the Sant’Agostino complex
17:00/19:00 Pick-up race pack at Bottega Eroica, Piazza del Popolo
17:00 Opening of EROICA Market (closes at 20:00)
17:30 Teatro degli Astrusi: Presentation of the 30th edition of the Brunello Gran Fondo 2019 and the 4th edition of the Brunello Crossing 2020
18:00 Teatro degli Astrusi:
Presentation of the Castello Banfi and Consorzio Vino Brunello di Montalcino historical cycling teams
19:00 Foyer, Teatro degli Astrusi:
EROICA meets guest journalists
20:30 Complesso Sant’Agostino:
CICLO CLUB EROICA DINNER
Giancarlo Brocci, Damiano Cunego, Maurizio Buffi, ex-Mayor and Mario Vegni, President of the local Giro d’Italia stage committee, talk about the Eroica Stage of the Giro d’Italia 2010 in Montalcino
Saturday 25 May
9:00/19:00 Pick-up race envelopes at the Sant’Agostino complex
9:00/19:00 Pick-up race pack at Bottega Eroica, Piazza del Popolo
9:00/20:00 Eroica Market
FROM 10:00 MONTALCINO CENTRE: THE BIKE FEST!
TUBALLO SWING, MUSIC & JAZZ with GABRY MORI E I RAGAZZI SCIMMIA, TAP DANCING, STREET BANDS, CANDY FLOSS, CIRCUS ANIMATION, MEETINGS, BICYCLE WORKSHOP, EROICA CAFFE’….
11:00 Presentation of the book: “Alfabeto Fausto Coppi. Il Campionissimo in Cento Storie”. Giovanni Battistuzzi, Gino Cervi, published by EDICICLO.
17:30 Prize-giving for best “Whiskers” competition
18:30 Prize-giving for best “Eroica shop window” competition
20:00 EROICA DINNER in the historical neighbourhoods of Montalcino
Sunday 26 May
6:00/9:30 Pick-up race envelopes at the Sant’Agostino complex
6:00/9:30 Pick-up race pack at Bottega Eroica, Piazza del Popolo
START EROICA MONTALCINO
7:30/8:00 free start for:
153 km Long EROICO and 96 km Medium VAL D’ORCIA routes
9:00/9:30 free start for:
70 km Short CRETE SENESI and 46 km Mini BRUNELLO routes
9:30/10:00 free start for:
27 km LEISURE RIDE
12:00 PASTA PARTY at Sant’Agostino complex
WAITING FOR THE FINISHERS
From 10:00 until the last rider finishes, Music & Jazz with Gabry Mori e i Ragazzi Scimmia, together with entertainer, Frank Conforti
…… also, from Friday to Sunday: in Piazza del Popolo EROICA CAFFE’ and BOTTEGA EROICA, in piazza Garibaldi EROICA bicycle workshop, Sant’Agostino complex EROICA IN THE WORLD, REGISTER OF VINTAGE BIKES, TERRA EROICA, in Teatro degli Astrusi CICLO CLUB EROICA…. in the streets and squares of the historical centre EROICA MONTALCINO JERSEY LANTERNS