Essential Tuscany Bike Ride

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pie is a cycling events company delivering amazing bespoke bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We create, develop, manage, operate and deliver fully supported guided group cycling trips for companies, charities and groups of individuals.  All to your specific brief.

Tuscany – the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and famous for its varied landscapes, traditions and wines, provides the ideal backdrop for 3.5 days cycling in the Italian sun.

 

Our route takes us through the vineyards of Montepulciano, up through the hills to Siena and Florence, taking in the climbs of the Giro d’Italia along the way. We offer a choice of routes each day, so you can take on more challenging ascents for that extra sense of achievement, or slightly smaller climbs if you fancy an easier day in the saddle.

 

Choice of daily routes

388km / 442km total distance

4170m / 6069m ascent

3.5 days guided cycling

Full support crew

Itinerary

Day 1 – 55km & 180m ascent

We fly into Pisa airport and transfer to our hotel situated in the middle of its own vineyard not far from Lago Trasimeno, and just a few kilometers from Montepulciano. You will have a chance to meet the rest of the pie crew over lunch before the event briefing and then getting out on the bikes for a few hours in the afternoon. Depending on flight times, we will ride for around 55km, with 180m ascent.

Day 2 – Castiglione del Lago to Arezzo: 112km & 1260m ascent / 120km & 1577m ascent

Today we enter Umbria and our first climb of the day; Monte Castiglione. The ride heads into the Pratomagno mountain range as we cycle towards Arezzo. The ardour of the Pratomagno mountains has given its name to a cycling team, Team Femminile Pratomagno and its own Giro, the Giro del Pratomagno. We cycle around the medieval city walls of Arezzo before reaching our destination for the night, Casteluccio, where we stay in a Tuscan villa with a very inviting swimming pool.

Day 3 – Arezzo to Siena: 121km & 1250m ascent / 160km & 2443m ascent

While some groups head south west through quiet rolling hills and vineyards to the town of Monte San Savino, others head north into the foothills of the Alpe di Catenaia, taking on two impressive climbs; Monte Capannino and Monte Calco. The latter gives you an awesome descent and then the two routes join up for the afternoon and the ride into Siena. A quick visit to the Piazza del Campo, where Il Palio horse race is held each year, and you will be bewitched by the town.

Day 4 – Siena to Florence: 100km & 1480m ascent / 107km & 1869m ascent

The final day takes us along the rolling countryside of Tuscany towards Florence, through the valley of San Casciano and passing beautiful neat rows of Chianti vineyards. The stunning views of rolling vineyards accompanies us throughout the day as we tackle Tuscany’s unique landscape in the knowledge that the Giro greats have been here before us. Tonight the Classico will be flowing as we celebrate our achievements.

Day 5 – A chance to relax after the trip

Today is a free day to enjoy all the historic town of Florence has to offer before your return flight back to the UK. The city is known for its art and architecture with the historic centre of Florence declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email info@pieevents.co.uk and download the event summary sheet.

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We are a cycling events company specialising in developing and delivering high quality bespoke guided bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We work with multinationals, charities and private groups to deliver exactly what you want, so your ride is tailor made for you.

All of our events are fully supported. Our multi-day rides are guided on a ratio of 1 guide to 10 cyclists and supported by an experienced crew of tour leaders and medics. Our sportives are fully supported with vehicles, medics and an experienced team delivering safety and logistics. We provide 3 food stops a day, we transport luggage from A to B, and deal with all mechanical and medical issues.

Beautiful scenery & great riding is provided as standard!

Download the Summary Sheet for more details