Wool jerseys and vintage bicycles; on Sunday 29 May, Eroica Montalcino returns to the white roads of the province of Siena: “After two years of masks, we will finally see smiles”, declares Franco Rossi, president of Eroica Italia
After two years of restrictions due to the pandemic, Eroica Montalcino returns, on the last weekend of May, bringing with it smiles and happiness. “It’s true, after two years of restrictions we are basing the event on the aspects that have guaranteed its growing success so far – explains Franco Rossi, president of Eroica Italia, responsible for organizing the event – We must continue to behave prudently but we can once again welcome cyclists and their families to Montalcino with a smile.”
How? That’s easy: “The festival is back, for example – announces Rossi – with music and dance in the square. Street shows and games for children are back. The Eroica dinner is back in the neighbourhoods and the usual food points, serving ribollita and much more… We want to send a signal of normality even if we are passing from one emergency to another. The worry now is the war in Ukraine”.
We want normality and smiles to bring people together, to cycle and share their passion for cycling. In fact, there will be about two thousand participants at Eroica Montalcino 2022: “We had set a maximum number but were overwhelmed by requests and there are still three weeks left until Sunday, 29 May. Montalcino has distinguished itself for its hospitality but we cannot grow infinitely. Those who cannot be here on 29 May will be able to come back and visit us throughout the year because we are in Terra Eroica and the route is permanently signposted. We are always available to meet cyclists on the route”.
Eroica Montalcino 2022: the five routes
The longest Eroica Route covers 153 km and passes through: Montalcino, Torrenieri, San Quirico d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, Montisi, Trequanda, San Giovanni d’Asso, Buonconvento, Sant’Angelo Scalo, Sant’Angelo in Colle, Castelnuovo dell’Abate. It corresponds to the Eroica Montalcino Permanent Route. Eleven stretches of gravel road must be tackled. The most difficult part is the Castiglion del Bosco climb, with a total elevation gain of 2,860 m.
The medium Val d’Orcia route covers 96 kilometers; from Montalcino to Torrenieri, Lucignano d’Asso, Pieve a Salti, Buonconvento, Bibbiano, Castiglion del Bosco, S. Angelo in Colle, Castelnuovo dell’Abate and return to Montalcino. There are seven stretches of gravel road; among these the Castiglion del Bosco climb. The overall elevation gain is 1,880 m.
The medium Crete Senesi route takes cyclists from Montalcino to Torrenieri, Lucignano d’Asso, Pieve a Salti, Buonconvento, Bibbiano, Castiglion del Bosco and back to Montalcino. There will be five stretches of gravel road. The route measures 70 km and has an elevation gain of 1,280 m.
The Brunello da Montalcino route reaches S. Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate before returning to Montalcino after three stretches of gravel road. The route covers 46 km and the elevation gain is 908 m.
Finally, the Leisure ride includes a 27 km route with one stretch of gravel road.