With the Giro d’Italia about to finish why not ride for yourself in one of Italy’s most famous landscapes with our VeloGuide Leonardo Olmi.
Leonardo is based near Florence in the Chianti region. Chianti isn’t just famous for it's fantastic conditions for growing wine, its also famous for its perfect weather, rolling hills, stunning vistas, and historic townsites.
Leonardo’s Favourite Ride: Chianti Road
The Chianti region of Italy, is easily accessed from Tuscany’s capital, Florence, and provides many different routes for amazing cycling. With the surrounding Tuscan landscape, it's hard to go wrong when you leave your front door on two wheels. However, there’s one ride in particular that is close to Leonardo’s heart: Chianti Road.
This ride takes you through the heart of Tuscany, past panoramic vineyards and olive tree groves, as you ride the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside. You will ride through some of the historic towns of the Chianti region of Tuscany, such as Greve in Chianti, Tavernelle, Sambuca, or San Casciano, as you chew up the miles and soak up the rays. In total, this ride will bring you through 96km of some of Leonardo’s favourite areas of Tuscany with a total elevation gain of 1300m. Spring is the ideal time to ride this special part of Italy, however it is a good ride in any season.
The province of Tuscany offers something for every rider. Although the Chianti Road ride is one with undulating hills, and shorty punchy climbs, there are other route options which have long mountain climbs, or flat easy roads, depending on your fitness level and goals for the day. With Leonardo, it is just as easy to have a challenging training ride as it is to have a relaxed day in the countryside complete with a wine and pasta lunch stop. If wine tasting by bike is what you are looking for, this can also be arranged. Let us know if there are any ‘must see’ vineyards, and we can build a tour around these stops. The riding here has something for everyone…and there’s no shortage of great food and wine to fuel up on!
More about Leonardo
Leonardo has been travelling all around the world as a professional photojournalist for more than 15 years, specializing in travel, sport and diving. In 2008 he started cycling, participating in more than 300 amateur races and Gran Fondos all around Italy, divided by road, mountain bike and time-trial. He has been Italian Press Cycling Champion for several years: 5 times on Road, 3 times on Mountain Bike, 3 times in Time Trial, twice in Couple TT and 5 victories in the Granfondo Press Cup. In 2016 he earned the title of vice World Press Cycling Champion at the WPCC of Greece. He is also the publisher of a cycling web magazine Cycling360.net. As your VeloGuide, Leonardo can also provide, on request, transportations, rentals, accommodations and wine tasting with light lunch.
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