Participants of the ‘Eroica’ Bike Race

The  21st edition of the ‘Eroica’ (Heroic) bike race took place on unpaved roads of the Chianti and Crete Senesi regions with participants on bikes manufactured prior to 1987.  With a starting line in Gaiole in Chianti, 7.500 bikers from 58 different countries met at the starting line in Gaiole in Chianti to ride a variety of itineraries ranging from 32k (20mi), 46k (29mi) to 78k (48mi), 130k (80mi) and 209k (129 mi), and were on the road from 5 in the morning to after 8 pm through Radda, Montalcino, Castelnuovo Beradenga, Asciano and even the Val d’Arbia with rest and dining stops included along the way.

To see a portraits of the riders on their vintage bicycles, visit Florence’s La Repubblica photo gallery; to see a video of the spectacular scenery and the racers, click here.