Starting from € 250

Cycling tourism race on vintage bicycles
Here the roads were laid out by the Romans and before them by the Etruscans. In those times, wheels were made of solid wood, heavy carts pushed by hand or pulled by horses. In just a few years, the Eroica has become a cycling tourism classic for vintage bicycles, thanks to the cycling passion of the organizers whose endeavours have made this event one of a kind.

The 22nd Eroica will take you back in time, to rediscover a wonderful sport, made up of history and humanity, for those who love the beauty of hard work and have a taste for challenges.
As usual, to take part in the race you will need a bike dating back to before 1987 and vintage wool pants and shirt. You can either dust up your old racing bike or rent one at a cost of 200 euro directly on the spot.

There will be 5 different routes and the programme varies according to the route chosen:

  • For those competing along the 46-75-115 and 135 km routes, breakfast will be at 5.30 am, after which it’s off to Gaiole; those competing along the 135 km route will start at 7 am; those competing along the 115 and 75 km routes will start at 8 am; finally, those competing along the 46 km route will start at 9 am.
  • And then there is the Eroico route extending over 209 km. Anyone wanting to cover this route must notify such intention in advance and front and rear lights are mandatory; departure for Gaiole is at 4 am, with breakfast at 4.30 am and the start of the race at 5 am.

On arrival, pasta party and the chance to take a shower. All the participants will convene at 5 pm in the Eroica Café, with departure for Riccione after the arrival of the last participant.

We shall be cycling through one of the most beautiful and authentic parts of Tuscany, over unpaved and asphalt roads full of charm and history.

For more details, visit the web site www.eroicagaiole.it.

Cost of participation: Euros 250 for Hotel Dory guests and Euros 310 for for others which includes:

  • registration in the race
  • transfer service Riccione-Gaiole-Riccione
  • bed and breakfast in a 3 stars hotel close to Gaiole
  • dinner in a typical Tuscan restaurant with water and wine included
  • shuttle service from the hotel to Gaiole for the race
  • Pizza and beer dinner in Riccione
  • an accompanying person will provide all necessary assistance to make sure you have a truly unforgettable day

So go get your old bike, get dressed without wasting time and pedal through History.

Important: from this year a competitive certificate for cycling is mandatory. The medical certificate must be for competitive cycling sports, according to the following parameters: The medical certificate must be valid on the date of the ride, and must therefore be issued after 2 October. All participants must send the medical certificate to booking@hoteldory within 31 August 2018. Anyone who does not respect this deadline will not be considered registered and will also lose their right to be reimbursed.


Saturday 6 October

8.30 am:

departure from Riccione to reach Gaiole at around 12.30 pm;

12.30 pm – 6 pm:

check-in, and visit of the Vintage market

6.30 pm:

Aperitif with wine and traditional Tuscan cold-cuts at the Eroica Café

8 pm

Dinner in a traditional Tuscan restaurant

Sunday 7 October

5.30 am

start of itinerary Eroico

7-8-9 am

start of all other itineraries

5.30 pm

departure to Riccione, day ends with pizza and beer dinner at 9.30 pm

Maximum number of participants 14

Bookings by 31 August

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