The typical food stops of Eroica Montalcino
On Sunday 26 May, Eroica Montalcino will take you on a two-wheeled journey through the UNESCO heritage site that is the Val d’Orcia, strictly on bicycles from the last century and wearing woolen jerseys. But, it will also be a journey through Tuscan cuisine, with a chain of food stops to help you rediscover the quality peasant traditions of this region, best known for its Brunello wine, which you will find on route, and local produce, which will make this heroic ride particularly unique.
This year, the food stops along the 153 km route, which will form part of the Eroica Montalcino Permanent Route from May on, will each offer a different traditional dish with ancient origins.
Cyclists will find the first food stop at Torrenieri, just 12 km from the starting line. This stop, which will also be used by cyclists on the 70 and 96 km routes, will be managed by a local bakery that will offer all kinds of sweet treats, but especially sabayon with vin santo.
The second stop will be at Pienza, which is known for its Pecorino sheep’s cheese that matures in barrels. Here, 30 km from the start, wine and cacio cheese will replenish riders.
After 57 km, there will be a stop in Piazza della Passera in Montisi. Here, onion soup with local olive oil and some unique salamis will be served.
Another unmissable food stop is the one in Buonconvento (also included on the 70 and 96 km routes), which will serve bread soup, salami and homemade jam tarts.
Then it’s on to Castiglion del Bosco, where cyclists will find a Piaggio Ape offering fresh fruit salad and orange juice.
By now on the way back to Montalcino, in Tavernelle, our Brunello Crossing friends will organise the food stop serving the legendary Ribollita soup and roast pork.
But it’s not over yet! In Castelnuovo dell’Abate, just 10 km from the finish line (all uphill though) cyclists will find mixed cereal soup and lots and lots of traditional folk music.
Finally, it’s on to Montalcino for your medal and the closing pasta party, offering pasta with tomato sauce.
Cyclists will, of course, find a lot of white roads along the way, and many jugs of wine. We are in Montalcino, it could not be any other way.
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