Both these photos are of a hilltop village in Tuscany.
Montalcino is where we will return in 2014. It's hard to believe it was 2006 since we were last there.
The reason for our return is to meet a group of cycling friends from Australia to do a ride called "L'Eroica". The event is basically a Gran Fondo, a ride for fun over three choices of distance. It covers the hills and dirt roads throughout the Chianti district on October 5, 2014.
Our bikes must echo the romantic period of Italian cycling up until the 1980s, before carbon fibre frames and all the modern technology of today. As we cycle from village to village we will be fed along the way by the friendly local inhabitants with cheese, pizza, pasta and of course the beautiful wine of Chianti.
Talking of wine, the most furthest distance from the start of the ride will be Montalcino where the famous Brunello di Montalcino rosso is produced. It lies about 30 miles from Siena where Sue and I hope to stay for two nights before the ride.
|Looking out from an archway of Montalcino over the Val d'Orcia|
|A wall hanging bought in Montalcino will always bring back memories from Tuscany.|
Just a teaser for our ride