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Tuscany Escape (L'Eroica)

5th - 8th October 2018

Ride L’Eroica vintage sportive in style, at an exclusive Rapha Escape.

This relaxing weekend in Tuscany is based in an exclusive converted 8th century Etruscan village owned by winemakers, nestled in the hills of the Gallo Nero region of Chianti. You’ll enjoy the local wine and cuisine, and have the chance to ride the famous strade bianche – white gravel roads – for yourself. The Retreat includes entry to the distance of your choice at L’Eroica, the vintage bicycle spectacle and maybe the most enjoyable gran fondo in the world. Bring your finest classic bicycle or hire a Stelbel through our partnership with the artisanal steel framebuilder.

Single occupancy — $2,150 per person
Double occupancy — $1,750 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Flights to Florence 25 KM 300m
Day 1 White Roads and the Vintage Fayre 50 KM 1000m
Day 2 L'Eroica 50 - 209 KM 1000 - 2500m
Departure Day

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Arrival Day

Flights to Florence

Arrive to Florence before lunch. For the afternoon choose between a trip into Florence including a visit to the Bartali Museum at Ponte a Ema, or head directly to Il Borgo di Vescine for a short spin on the vintage bikes. Stelbel vintage bicycles are available to rent for this unique event. Please submit your details as soon as possible as these are limited quantities. If you would like to purchase a limited edition Rapha x Stelbel please contact Rapha Travel to be connected to the team at Stelbel - this bike is custom built for you and therefore your order must be placed by June for delivery to the event.


25 KM




Il Borgo di Vescine

Day 1

White Roads and the Vintage Fayre

This morning we will take a ride on the vintage bikes,with the team from Stelbel, preparing for the big day. We'll take in some white roads and a coffee stop before arriving to lunch. After lunch we'll shuttle to Gaiole in Chianti where you'll experience the atmosphere of the vintage market. As part of this edition, you'll have the opportunity to purchase Stelbel jersey, shorts and cap (made in limited quantities in Italy) to suit for riding in Eroica. Please let Rapha Travel know if you would like to purchase the full set.


50 KM




Il Borgo di Vescine

Day 2


Choose your distance from the 5 options available in the Eroica event. Those on the longer rides have an early start but will be well rewarded with a excellent route and stunning vistas across Tuscany. The ride atmosphere and cameraderie is what sets this event apart, enjoy the home cooked food at the feed stops and enjoy a glass of chianti!


50 - 209 KM


1000 - 2500m


Il Borgo di Vescine

Departure Day

Choose a flight departure to suit in the afternoon from Florence airport

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016


What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)