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Badia a Coltibuono is among the supporters and promoters of the Heroic, the cycling race with old-fashioned bicycles that takes place on the unpaved roads in the heart of the Chianti and expresses of one of the most noted sides of the history and tradition of the Stucchi family.

In 1874, it was this same family that founded the first cycle and automobile factories in Italy . Within just a few years, “Stucchi & C” makes a name for itself as a large enterprise, and acquires international fame, so much that in 1918, when Girardengo catches Spanish fever, and his champion's career seems to be coming to an end, it's “Stucchi & C” that believes in Girardengo and adds him to their team: the great cyclist doesn't disappoint his new “firm's” expectations, winning the Tour of Italy in 1919.

Cycling, which dates a long ways back for the Stucchi family, and the commitment to increasingly promote this great and marvelous adventure, is The “Heroic”.

This event , in its 12 th edition, began in September 1997 and derives from doctor, athlete and journalist, Dr. Giancarlo Brocci 's idea and passion for cycling. The Heroic cycle-meet of old-fashioned bicycles takes place on unpaved roads: it proposes images and influences of cycling greats, and gives value to the authentic roots of a sport that's losing its identity and credibility, despite its notable widespread reception.

A fundamental part of the undertaking is the constant effort to alert the public to the problem of safeguarding the unpaved roads, historical property of rural Tuscany , which only in Chianti and the lands of Siena are so densely preserved.

For the first four editions, there were just above one hundred participants, but the gathering of cycling enthusiasts and old bicycles quickly made its way by incessant word of mouth to both the publications and the hearts of the press. The 2005 edition had 901 signups, representing 20 foreign countries and every continent. The 2006 edition had more than 1300 signups.

For more information: eroica.it

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