Italy 09:26 – 21 February 2020

GIROe: Grand Tour of Tuscany

How could anything this pretty cause you pain?

6 days | 393 Km | 8,345m

Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon | Gives You the Legs of a Pro

Tuscany’s Cycling Terroir & History

Cycling legends Gino Bartali, Paolo Bettini and Mario Cipollini hail from these parts and Mark Cavendish, winner of 25 Tour de France stages, lives and trains here. Find out why Tuscany is a cycling mecca and ride the famous Giro d’Italia, l’Eroica and Strade Bianche stages.

 

... WATCH ...

- RIDE | LAPIERRE eXELUIS -

- NAVIGATE | HAMMERHEAD KAROO -

 

◎  Cycling to be Enjoyed, not Endured  ◎

 

 

Prices from $1,930 per person View Prices

Summary

  • Tuscany's Best Cycling Terroir
  • The Bike: Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon
  • Cacci Picolomini Cycle Museum with Wine Tasting & Tour (not included)
  • Cycle through the Val d’Orcia
  • Ride the Chianti Roads
  • L’Eroica Routes
  • Giro d'Italia Stage
  • Luggage Transfers included
  • ✤INDULGENCE itinerary & Guarantee of Quality Distinctive Accommodation✤
  • Guided Dates & Itinerary Available on Request

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate | Hard
  • LONGEST RIDE: 100 Km | 1,666m | ⬆41.1% | ⬇47% | ➜11.9%
  • SHORTEST RIDE: 53.48 km | 1,337 m | ⬆52% |⬇39.6% | ➜8.4%
  • EASIEST RIDE: 57.95 km | 916 m | ⬆46.7% | ⬇39.2% | ➜14.2%
  • POSSIBLE REST DAYS: 2 ( optional rides available )
  • CYCLE DAYS: 6 ( 4 + 2 )
  • MAXIMUM DISTANCE: 244 miles | 393 Km ( 6 cycle days )
  • MINIMUM DISTANCE: 169 miles | 273 Km ( 4 cycle days )
  • The Rider: Club/Active Cyclist wanting to discover Tuscany without worrying about heat & hills

92% of Tuscany is hilly. 46% of your saddle time is in the climb

“...the new e-Xelius SL: Designed Solely for Your Pleasure”

The hill-top terracotta towns, big azure blue skies, the rolling terrain lined with olive and cypress trees and a long history of great cycling culture, draws the unsuspecting cyclist in and may cause some to underestimate the Tuscany landscape!

 

Read About the Giro'e d'Italia - CLICK HERE

 

To ride through Tuscany with friends, to rise to new challenges, to discover new sensations and new horizons, without worrying about your age, your physical condition or your level of attainment, Tuscany and the new e-Xelius SL are designed for your cycling pleasure.

Enjoy the "full gain" feeling of happiness where you feel able to overcome difficulties with light pedal pressure.

 

The e-Xelius will bring you that little help you need when climbing as if you were carried by the crowd.

Day by day

With your luggage transferred to your next destination, you travel light, each and every day, leaving you free to think only of the matter in hand.

 

- CLICK ON EACH DAY TO DISCOVER MORE - 

 

Day 1: Arrival

The cypress-lined driveway leading to Villa di Piazzano, Cortona seems to brush away the memories of whatever you were doing yesterday and prepare you for your week ahead.

Highlights

★Villa di Piazzano ★Under the Tuscan Sunset

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Italy

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona | "This Villa is beautiful! It is very quiet and surrounded by beautiful cypress trees. The staff are amazing! They made us feel important from the moment we walked in.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Cortona - Montepulciano - Pienza - San Quirico d’Orcia

To San Quirico d'Orcia

The Valdichiana is a gentle introduction to the roads of cycle routes of Tuscany.

Leaving the Balcony of Tuscany behind, venture across the Valdichiana, riding close by the vines of Montepulciano and a ride through classical Tuscan scenery to San Quirico d'Orcia.

Highlights

★Amazing Tuscan Views ★Montepulciano

Statistics

57.95 km | 916 m | ⬆46.7% | ⬇39.2% | ➜14.2%

Accommodation

Villa del Capitano, San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany

This hotel is in the magical heart of Val d'Orcia and is in close proximity to Montalcino and other beautiful cities. The staff were superbly nice and welcoming.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: The Val d'Orica, Brunello & Your Bike

San Quirico d’Orcia - Pienza - Bagno Vignoni - Castiglione d’Orcia - Castelnuovo dell’Abate - Montalcino - San Quirico d’Orcia

Create some amazing cycle memories including wine tasting and tour of the cycle museum at the Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona vineyard.

It was along these roads that Cadel Evans won the famous ‘Strada Bianchi’ stage of 2010.

The views as you leave San Quirico, are just devastating.

Then, just as you can't imagine it getting any better, you ride right into the middle of scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster 'Gladiator'.

Highlights

★Pienza ★The Ancient Spa ★The Wolves

Statistics

67.15 km | 1,649 m | ⬆48.5% | ⬇44.1% | ➜7.4%

Accommodation

Villa del Capitano. San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany

"Nice, spacy room, tasty breakfast, polite staff, good location - it was a shame to stay only one day here

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: The Crete Senesi

San Quirico d’Orcia - Asciano

The views of this remarkable countryside are truly memorable as are the ridge roads, curves, corners and climbs.

Lunch in Asciano and evening sunset over Siena in the heart of the Crete Sinesi.

Highlights

★Lunchtime Pizza from a wood fired oven ★Crete Sinese ★Views of Siena

Statistics

61.17 km | 1,247 m | ⬆42.9% | ⬇47.6% | ➜9.6%

Accommodation

Castello di Leonina, Siena/Asciano, Tuscany

"What a gem!|Great hospitality, stunning views of the Tuscan hillsides. Michelin star class food. Certainly, the best we've eaten in Italy.Fabulous property.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: L’Eroica Country

L’Eroica Country: The Climb into Chianti

The famous bike rally made its home here in Chianti and over the coming days, you’ll experience many of the roads of the famous event and your first taste of Chianti Classico.

Highlights

★Vineyard views ★Winding Chianti Rides

Statistics

53.48 km | 1,337 m | ⬆52% |⬇39.6% | ➜8.4%

Accommodation

CDH, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany

".. one of the best I have ever stayed at, the staff is amazing and make you feel like it’s your home, the views are stunning and the amenities are world-class.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Chianti

Chianti: For the Love of Authentic Cycling

Many of today's roads form part of the famous L’Eroica bike rally.

Stopovers in Radda and Greve allow you to fuel and maybe try some of the Chianti Classico.

A day to explore the depths of Chianti.

Highlights

★Greve-in-Chianti ★Radda-in-Chianti

Statistics

53.5 km | 1,530 m | ⬆46.1% |⬇47% | ➜6.9%

Accommodation

Return to CDH, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany

"The ride to this hotel was breathtaking. You certainly feel like you are in Italy with the rolling hills, vineyards, and olive trees. The grounds of this place are unique and stunning

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: The 100Km Ride Home

To Cortona

The longest ride of the week with substantial net height loss resulting in high average speed through changing countryside and a return to Cortona.

Highlights

★Freewheeling for miles ★Trattoria Lunch ★Val di Chiana

Statistics

100.02 km | 1,666 m | ⬆41.1% | ⬇47% | ➜11.9%

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Italy

Charming and delightfully run independent family run villa full of history, and modern comforts. Excellent food, great pool

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Cappuccino & Cortona

Before departure, take a coffee while drinking in the extra-ordinary gardens of Villa di Piazzano.

Highlights

Villa di Piazzano Breakfast

Journey Map

The Bike: Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon

“You will feel just like you are riding a conventional road bike...”

SPECIFICATION

Frame: NEW eXELIUS SL CARBON DISC, THRU AXLE
Fork: XELIUS SL 100% CARBON DISC, THRU AXLE
Motor/Battery/Display: NEW FAZUA EVATION 1.0 DRIVE PACK + 250Wh BATTERY PACK
Rear derailleur: SHIMANO ULTEGRA RD-R8000GS, 11s
Front derailleur: NEW SHIMANO 105 FD-R7000FL
Crankset: NEW FSA FAZUA ARMSET, ALLOY, 50X34T, 170mm(XS,S) 172.5mm(M), 175mm(L,XL)
Sprocket: SHIMANO 105 CS-HG700 11s 11-34T
Brakes: SHIMANO SMRT76 160mm F/R
Shifters/Brake levers : NEW SHIMANO 105 2x11 K-R7020, HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES
Headset: FSA ORBIT C33 1"1/8 1"1/4+ 15mm top cover
Handlebar: LAPIERRE ALLOY 40cm(XS,S) 42cm(M,L) 44cm(XL), LAPIERRE VEXGEL TAPE
Stem: LAPIERRE ALLOY 7° 31,8mm 80mm(XS,S) 90mm(M) 100mm(L) 110mm(XL)
Seatpost: LAPIERRE CARBON 27,2*350mm
Saddle: NEW LAPIERRE CRMO
Wheelset: NEW LAPIERRE eXelius DISC 700x21c, eBike specific hubs, sealed bearings 12x100/12x142
Tires: CONTINENTAL Ultra Sport 2 SL 700X28

Weight: 13,9 kg

 

Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc frame is a sure bet

“The e-Xelius SL Disc is a specialised bike for climbing and covering long distances with the assistance needed to exceed your limits through mountain passes and climbs”

Since the launch in 2015, the Xelius SL has been the spearhead of the Lapierre racing range.

Comfortable, thanks to its technology and 3D Tubular design, offering performance and flexibility thanks to its racing geometry and excellent climbing ability. It was obvious that the first electric-assisted road bike in the Lapierre range could only be based on the Xelius SL carbon frame.

The e-Xelius SL Disc is a specialised bike for climbing and covering long distances with the assistance needed to exceed your limits through mountain passes and other climbs.

While always seeking the best compromise for achieving lightweight and retaining the same stiffness, the frame and the fork use UD SL carbon and reinforced head tube, diagonal tube and the pedal spindle.

The new e-Xelius SL perfectly integrates the Fazua motor drive system while limiting the frame empty weight to 1.65 kg.

Key points:

- UD SL carbon construction for lightweight and reactivity
- Performance-oriented geometry
- Perfectly integrated Fazua motor drive
- Tubular 3D technology for comfort and exclusive design
- Disc brakes for safety and powerful braking

Fazua Assistance | The Legs of Pro

“The Rider: Club/Active Cyclist wanting to discover Tuscany without worrying about heat & hills”

Compact, lightweight and quiet, the Fazua Evation Drive System (EDS) is compatible with a conventional double crankset. This ensures that you retain the standard power offered by a 22-speed road bike.

The Fazua EDS also offers the advantage of being easy to use thanks to its handlebar control for choosing one of three assistance modes: Breeze, River or Rocket and of course the unassisted mode.

The battery/motor drive unit produces ...

  - 125 watts (Breeze)
- 250 watts (River)
- 400 watts (Rocket) for a good dose of boost on the steepest inclines

The battery has a capacity of 250 Wh that is perfectly suited to road use.

The Fazua Evation Drive System has another advantage, that of offering no pedal resistance when the motor is off or as soon as the assistance cuts-out in excess of 25 kph. You will feel just like you are riding a conventional road bike, offering the same level of pleasure without any hindrance born of unnecessary friction.

If you feel like it, you can also remove the battery/motor drive unit and use the bike quite normally, reducing its weight to 10.3 kg while making the most of the dynamic performance, stability and comfort of the e-Xelius SL.

e-Xelius SL geometry | Sporty Spirit

“If you find climbing pleasant you will be reassured on the way back down by the bike's stability”

With a design based on the former first-generation Xelius SL Disc chassis, the frame retains its sporty spirit with excellent stability born of its base length and its wheelbase.

If you find climbing pleasant you will be reassured on the way back down by the bike's stability.

“Ian and I loved your guided e bike holiday around Tuscany. It was beautifully organised with every little detail thought of, including the most perfect lunch stops and, of course amazing hotels!”

Sir Ian & Lady Collett

“I did endless research beforehand wondering whether it would work out as a holiday, was Italy the right spot and Inspired Italy the right company? All I can say all 8 of us loved it. There was a pretty wide range of fitness levels, but with the 4 speeds on the eBike it was not a problem.”

Nicola Odey on an Umbria eBike Safari

“Puts the joy back into cycling”

Graham Adamson, Canada - Guided Tuscany eBike Tour

Best Bits

  • Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon
  • Outstanding Vistas
  • Castles, Villas & Vineyards - Select Accommodation
  • Memorable Meals
  • Giro d'Italia Sections

FAQ's

“Cycling to Enjoy, Not Endure”

Here, we try to cover some of the more often asked questions ...

  1. Am I fit enough? The GIROe: Grand Tour of Tuscany requires 3 to 4 hours cycling per day. eBikes do not give you a free ride. You need to pedal. While the eBike makes things easier, you still require a good level of fitness. The fitter you are, the greater your enjoyment.
  2. How busy are the roads? Italian roads tend to be much quieter than people are used to. The vast majority of your itinerary is along quiet country roads.
  3. My Luggage - whats happens to it?  Each transfer day sees your luggage moved by our support team from one hotel to the next. We provide you with luggage labels.
  4. What is provided with the bike?
    •  Water Bottle & Holder - Each bike is equipped with a water bottle holder and water bottle.
    • Battery Charger - each bike has a battery charger.
    • Power Adapter - to make charging easier.
    • Spare Inner Tube - we don't expect you to fix punctures. We provide a replacement inner tube.
    • Mini Pump - you have a small, portable pump for roadside emergencies.
  5. What should I carry with me?
    • Passport
    • Insurance Documentation
    • Cash for the day
    • Credit/Debit Cards
  6.  What is the best time of year to take the GIROe: Grand Tour of Tuscany? Great question. We have written a whole piece on this - CLICK HERE
  7. VIDEO: Watch the Pinarello Nytro video to get a better idea - CLICK HERE

Price

$1,930 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 8 Days | 7 Nights [ 5 night or Guided itinerary available ]
  • Bed & Breakfast | Half Board Option
  • Indulgence Accommodation | Guarantee of Quality | See Itinerary for full details | Villas - Castles - Spa
  • Smaller, Family-Run Hotels & Country Houses, providing an authentic experience
  • Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon Bike
  • Welcome | Briefing | Bike Set-Up
  • Easy to Use GPS Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • 4, 5 or 6 Cycle Days
  • START & FINISH Villa di Piazzano, Cortona
  • On-Tour Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 WhatsApp Guide Support & Emergency Support

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Christian Wolmar

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