Florence in Tuscany: 2013 cycling World Road Championship

26 Apr

To better appreciate the beauty of a territory, it has to be enjoyed and savour it slowly, guided by the protracted cycles of Nature. There are those who love long walks immersed in nature and others who prefer bustling city streets, country roads or curving, up and downhill mountain routes. These and more can be found in Tuscany, home to the much-loved sports and tourism itineraries that the world’s great cycling champions will travel in the 2013 World Road Championships to be held in the region from September 21 to 29, 2013.

Eleven itineraries in breathtaking backdrops, like Tuscany’s many art and monumental cities and its wild nature and enchanting countryside, are the same routes that Tuscany’s greatest cycling champs raced and trained on:  Gino Bartali, Fiorenzo Magni, Gastone Nencini, Franco Ballerini, and Paolo Bettini. These are itineraries that are part of the history of Italian cycling, but they are also representative of the beauty, uniqueness, culture and history of the Tuscany region. Thus, those who decide to visit Tuscany can choose from: an itinerary from the World Road Championships, a trekking tour through the country, a mountain-biking tour in the mountains, and even a motorcycle tour along the region’s winding country roads. Cycling aficionados and lovers of slow travel alike will be able to visit and experience several stretches of the 2013 world championship routes.

The 2013 World Road routes travel through Florence, Lucca, Pistoia and Montecatini Terme, some of the most beautiful cities in Italy, that helped to build the region’s decades-long cycling tradition. A region rich in natural and varied treasures, difficult slopes, uphill stretches and long sprints and trajectories on flatlands: all of this is sure to please any cycling-lover, especially the world’s best.

Several events have been organized to pay homage to Tuscany’s great cyclists. The first event was held on September 22, during which the female team, Donna Elite, raced along the same route that was used in 1870 for the National Cycling Championships. Cyclists pedalled for 36.10km, from Piazza Duomo to Pistoia and raced to the finish line in Florence’s Mandela Forum. On September 24, the Men’s Under 23 individual race also took to the route.

The Men’s Elite Team raced the most spectacular routes of all on September 29, which started along the imposing unique medieval walls of Lucca and finished in Florence. Cyclists raced for 267km, 59km of which uphill, through Montecatini Terme and Pistoia (it is the same route that the world champs will race along in 2013!). Perhaps the most difficult stretch is the uphill climb in Montecatini Alto (circa at the 30km), followed by San Baronto stretch (circa at the 50km), and continues the stretch made famous by Franco Ballerini. Finally, the route enters the Florence area, which is characterized by a uphill climbs at every curve, like those in Fiesole and on via Bolognese (at 590m and at a max. 19.4 percent inclination).

From  Lucca to  Montecatini Terme and the climb up to Vico until the  Valdinievole and Valle di Bisenzio, there are several occasions to pedal stretches of the route that will bring the cycling world to Tuscany in 2013: 11 races on 11 itineraries that can be experienced by cycling tourists who seek the high emotions like the cycling greats of Tuscany’s past. All of this and more can be yours… in Tuscany.
To enjoy the Cycling World Road championship, don’t way: book a villa, or an apartment in Florence, in Lucca or in any other part of Tuscany-

Vacavilla offers a wide and selected range of self catering holiday homes. Vacavilla handpicks all the properties presented in its own portfolio, in the Tuscany countryside, near to Lucca, Montecatini, Pistoia, Florence but also siena.

An Indipendent villa, or a luxury apartment with swimmingpool; choose the more suitable solution for your holidays. Send an e-mail or contact us by phone.

Ludovico Pieri








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