28 September 2024
Start/arrival: Castagneto Carducci

Registration opens July 8
Limited Spots

The Grand Escape Tuscany is an event to participate in at least once in a lifetime.
A 600 km route through Tuscany, entirely on secondary roads, that will take you through 5 UNESCO sites.


Rolling hills, wheat fields, and medieval villages await you. Every time you stop, you’ll have the opportunity to take a postcard-perfect photo.
You'll pass through picturesque villages, rolling hills, and wheat fields, savor authentic cuisine, and taste fine wines.

You will experience the total and authentic Tuscany like no other.

The Grand Escape Tuscany is the result of over 20 years of cycling in Tuscany, condensed into 600 km of pure beauty. And you can experience it your way: there are no fixed times, no checkpoints, or other distractions.


Go at your own pace and plan as you prefer, there is no time limit to complete it. The hundreds of people who will start with you will not be competitors, but fellow travelers from all over the world.

Together, you will experience an authentic unsupported bikepacking adventure with your bikes on the most beautiful roads of Tuscany.

You will return home with your eyes and heart full of memories to share with friends who missed out.

But be careful: spots are limited, and we will only accept the first 300 registrations. To receive updates, information, and notification of registration opening, subscribe to the newsletter below.

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Experience, first

No race, no stress.

The Grand Escape is an adventure that values personal experience rather than competition.

This experience invites participants to immerse themselves in the beauty of the journey, enjoying the sights, local cultures, and new friendships rather than focusing solely on the sporting outcome.

The goal is to slow down from the daily routine, experience each moment, and build a sense of community among cyclists, who together share challenges and stories.

By fostering a passion for cycling in a mutually supportive context, The Grand Escape turns each ride into a memorable and enriching experience far beyond mere competition.

What is waiting for you on the Route

We have created a 600 km route with 7500 meters of elevation gain entirely on secondary asphalt roads that will show you the best that Tuscany has to offer to a cyclist.

When you start on September 28 from Castagneto Carducci, the scent of the sea will accompany you for the first few kilometers, leading you to the unspoiled nature of the Maremma.

You will then encounter cities built on volcanic rock, roads through hills, the hidden panoramas of Tuscany, and postcard-like small villages. Even the most famous cities of Tuscany will be a stop on your journey: sit in Piazza del Campo in Siena or admire the cathedral of Florence from your bike.

It’s a unique and authentic way to experience a Tuscany that “normal” tourists will never see.

Only you and your travel companions will experience this adventure. You will face 600 km of pure beauty on secondary roads with little or no traffic.

And the route? We will send it to participants once registrations are closed, but we will provide a preview soon. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it when we publish it.

How to register

Registrations open on July 8 at 11:30 am on Bike Adventure Series, the first no-race event series in Europe. Attention: there are only 300 spots available, and once registrations are closed, it will no longer be possible to sign up.

Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and once they are filled, registration automatically closes. You do not need specific documents at the time of registration and can upload your medical certificate later.

To register more quickly, create your account now on bikeadventureseries.com, it only takes a few seconds.

How it works

Once you have registered, all the necessary information will be provided in your personal area on Bike Adventure Series. The event package, containing everything you need to start your adventure, will be delivered on the afternoon of Friday, September 27, and the morning of Saturday, September 28.

On the morning of Saturday, September 28, there will be a collective start for all participants from Castagneto Carducci. Everyone will complete the route at their own pace, deciding where and when to eat and sleep.

The staff will be present at the finish point from September 30 to October 2 to deliver the finisher package. If you plan to finish after October 2, you will enjoy the adventure even more and can mark yourself as a Finisher in your personal area on Bike Adventure Series. Check out the FAQ for all the info.

Highlights of the route

Castagneto Carducci

Starting from the picturesque town of Castagneto Carducci, you'll be embraced by the scent of the sea and the charm of its historical streets. Named after the famous poet Giosuè Carducci, this town offers a perfect blend of culture and nature.

Orbetello and Capalbio

Ride through the coastal beauty of Orbetello, with its stunning lagoon, and then head towards Capalbio. Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and vibrant art scene, Capalbio promises a unique cultural experience.

Pitigliano and Sorano

Discover the enchanting towns of Pitigliano and Sorano, perched on dramatic tuff cliffs. These towns offer breathtaking views and are renowned for their unique volcanic rock architecture. Explore their winding streets, ancient buildings, and fascinating historical sites carved directly from the tuff, making them standout examples of the region’s geological and cultural heritage.

Radicofani

Experience the dramatic landscapes of Radicofani, dominated by its imposing fortress. This town provides a stunning vantage point over the Val d'Orcia and is rich in medieval history and legends.

Pienza

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pienza, a Renaissance gem envisioned by Pope Pius II. Wander through its harmonious streets and enjoy the famous pecorino cheese, which is a local specialty.

San Quirico d’Orcia

San Quirico d’Orcia is a quintessential Tuscan village with its charming medieval architecture and beautiful gardens of Horti Leonini. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside.

Siena

In Siena, take a break in the stunning Piazza del Campo, known for the Palio horse race. Explore the city's Gothic architecture, including the magnificent Duomo, and savor the rich local cuisine.

Castellina in Chianti

Ride through the heart of Chianti in Castellina, famous for its wine. Enjoy the scenic vineyards, taste world-class Chianti wines, and explore the town’s Etruscan heritage and medieval fortifications.

Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, offers an unparalleled cultural experience. Admire the iconic Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio. The city's art, history, and architecture are sure to leave a lasting impression.

San Gimignano

Known as the "Medieval Manhattan," San Gimignano's skyline is dotted with medieval towers. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a step back in time with its well-preserved buildings and enchanting atmosphere.

Volterra

On your journey you'll cross Volterra, a town with a rich Etruscan heritage. Famous for its alabaster workshops and stunning panoramic views, Volterra offers a perfect mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Maremma

Explore Maremma, a stunning region in Tuscany, perfect for cycling enthusiasts. Ride through rolling hills, dense forests, and along a rugged coastline, discovering medieval villages and ancient ruins. Visit the Maremma Regional Park to see diverse wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy scenic, serene trails.

99% Satisfaction rate

We know that your time is precious, so our focus is for you to live an unforgettable experience.

These adventures feature people on their first trip, experienced bikepackers, families on vacation, and people looking for something new.

Here's what the riders told us in the past events:

Registration opens on July 8, 2024 with limited spots
Registration includes:

AN ORGANIZED EVENT

Discover a meticulously organized event that combines adventure and peace of mind.

At The Grand Escape Tuscany, we believe in providing an unforgettable bikepacking experience that showcases the best of this stunning region.

Our team has meticulously curated and tested the route for this event, ensuring that you’ll be guided along the most scenic, captivating, and low-traffic roads.

We have been pedaling through Tuscany for years, and our intimate knowledge of the region guarantees that we’ll take you on the finest routes through the rolling hills, picturesque villages, and hidden gems of this beautiful area.

Join us on this carefully crafted journey, where every detail has been considered. Let us guide you through the breathtaking landscapes and unique charms of Tuscany. Embrace the adventure and immerse yourself in the magic of The Grand Escape Tuscany.

FULL MEDIA COVERAGE

During the upcoming The Grand Escape, we will not remain idle.

We will consistently be by your side throughout the journey to capture your finest moments with videos and photographs that will narrate the event for those who weren’t fortunate enough to take part.

Live tracking

We prioritize the well-being of our participants. That’s why we’ve partnered with Whip tracking to provide real-time location updates for each rider throughout the event.

Friends, family, and loved ones can follow your journey from the comfort of their homes, ensuring that you’re never too far from their thoughts and support.

This state-of-the-art tracking system not only adds an extra layer of safety but also allows you to share your adventure with those who matter most.

We have meticulously selected the safest roads for this event, prioritizing routes with minimal traffic and the best possible riding conditions. Ride with confidence, knowing that your safety is our top concern as you explore the captivating landscapes of this land.

A community the be proud of

The Grand Escape Tuscany brings together a community of friendly and supportive cycling enthusiasts. Here, it's not about competition or ego; it's about enjoying the ride and the company. Everyone is in a positive mood, eager to share their passion for cycling and help one another. You'll find a welcoming environment where camaraderie and mutual respect prevail. Whether you're an experienced cyclist or a newcomer, you'll be part of a group that values friendship, encouragement, and the sheer joy of exploring Tuscany together. Join us and experience the warmth and friendliness that makes The Grand Escape truly special.

The best italian food

Tuscan cuisine is a feast for the senses, known for its simple yet flavorful dishes that highlight the best local ingredients. You'll savor classics like ribollita, a hearty vegetable and bread soup, and pappa al pomodoro, a delicious tomato and bread soup. Tuscany is also famous for its pecorino cheese, olive oil, and a variety of fresh vegetables. For meat lovers, there are traditional dishes like bistecca alla fiorentina, a succulent steak, and wild boar ragu. Vegetarians will find plenty to enjoy as well, with a wealth of vegetable-based dishes, fresh salads, and flavorful legumes. The region's cuisine is versatile and accommodating, ensuring that everyone can indulge in the rich culinary heritage of Tuscany. Whether you prefer meat or a plant-based diet, Tuscan cuisine offers something for every palate, making your journey through this beautiful region even more delightful.

FAQ

Medical Certificate

All participants are REQUIRED to submit a valid “Health Certificate for cardiovascular intensive sport activity (cycling races/events)”.

The medical certificate must expire after October 4. Here's a template for non-Italian riders. For Italian residents, the certificate must be "Certificato agonistico per il ciclismo."
If the medical certificate is not compliant, it will be refused and canceled, and the member will have to forward a new compliant one. The medical certificate must be specific for CYCLING.
We cannot accept medical certificates issued for other sports such as triathlon, athletics, etc. Anyone who does not comply with this requirement will not be considered regularly registered and will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee.
Each participant must declare in accordance with the D.P.R. no. 445 of 28 December 2000 that the documents forwarded by him are true and correspond to the originals in his possession.

Are registrations limited?

Yes, there are limited spots available for The Grand Escape’s events: the rule is first come, first served. Attention: in the first hours, the site could be slow or unreachable due to the large number of people who carry out the registration procedure at the same time. If this were the case, do not be alarmed and wait 15 minutes before accessing the site again.

How does the registration work?

You don't need to provide documents at the time of registration. It is enough to complete the procedure. Registration will be on bikeadventureseries.com on July 8 at 11 am CEST, so it's best to create an account now. Each participant must have her/his account. Registration will be open from July 8 at 11 am CEST to July 28 at 11:59 pm CEST. Registration will be closed earlier when all the slots are filled.

When does the event start?

The event package collection is on September 27, and the collective start is on September 28 from Casagneto Carducci.

How to get to the starting point

Getting to Castagneto Carducci
By Car:
Castagneto Carducci is easily accessible by car via major roadways. If you're driving from Florence, take the A1 highway towards Rome, then switch to the SS206 and follow the signs for Castagneto Carducci. From Rome, take the A12 highway towards Livorno and exit at Rosignano Marittimo, then continue on the SS1 and follow the signs to Castagneto Carducci. Check online mapping services like Google Maps for the most accurate directions and estimated travel time based on your starting location.
By Plane:
The nearest major airports to Castagneto Carducci are:
Pisa International Airport (PSA): Approximately 85 km away. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a train to Castagneto Carducci.
Florence Airport (FLR): Approximately 135 km away. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a train to Castagneto Carducci.
Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO): Approximately 260 km away. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a train to Castagneto Carducci.
By Train:
Castagneto Carducci is well-connected by train. The closest train station is Donoratico-Castagneto Carducci, located on the Pisa-Grosseto-Rome line. You can take a regional train from major cities like Pisa, Florence, or Rome. From Pisa Centrale, the train ride takes about 1.5 hours; from Florence, it's approximately 2 hours; and from Rome, it's about 3 hours. Check the Trenitalia website for schedules and ticket information.

Are there any pre-arranged stops?

The Grand Escape is defined as a “no-stop” event in the sense that there are no fixed stops but each participant can freely decide where to stop, to eat and to sleep along the way. Our advice is to study the route before leaving in order to get an idea of the possible stops that you will make. There are plenty of hotels, shops and restaurant along the route.

Is technical assistance provided by the organization during the event?

The Grand Escape Tuscany is an unsupported event. This means there is no technical assistance provided on the route. Participants are responsible for their own repairs and maintenance. Carrying your normal everyday tool kit is more than enough and there are many bike shops along the route.

How do I find facilities along the way to eat and sleep? Do you have any agreements with some facilities?

We have no agreements along the way. The best way to find a place at the best price is to take advantage of the technology and, in particular, use Booking.com and Google Maps. The offers that you will find on these two websites are the best in absolute and we would not be able to get these offers even with a possible agreement. Google Maps allows you to understand where an accommodation facility is and how many kilometers separate you from it while booking.com allows you to book online.

Registrations are already closed. is there the possibility of registering the same?

Registering for The Grand Escape after the official registration date is not possible.

I am regularly registered, but I cannot participate. Is there a refund?

As per our regulations, which you must read before registering, there is no refund/ partial refund/transfer of registration to the following year.

Cancellation or shifting of the event

Cancellation – If, for reasons of force majeure that do not depend on the organization but on environmental and/or health reasons at national or international level, the event could not take place, the amount paid at the time of registration will not be refunded but will be considered valid for the next edition.
The organization will be entitled, for those who re-register free of charge to the next edition, to a contribution for secretarial expenses and the renewal of the sports card. Shifting of the event – Furthermore, for reasons of force majeure or other serious reasons, which could jeopardize the preparation of the event or the participation in it by a number of people not less than half of the members, the Organization reserves the right to move the place and/or date of the event within the same calendar year.
In this case, the registration fee paid will be valid for the event on the rescheduled date, without any additional costs for the members. In this case, it is not possible to move the registration to the following year’s edition.

Questions?

Send us an email to [email protected] or chat with us on WhatsApp.

EXPLORE YOUR WAY

We believe that traveling by bike changes people.

It changes their perspective on life, the environment, and the world.

But we believe it should be fun, stress-free, and create lasting memories for a lifetime.

We are travelers like you, looking for traffic-free, quiet roads that take us to beautiful places.

The Grand Escape is this desire: a series of road events where there is no competition and speed at all costs but a fulfilling life experience.

There are no fixed times, checkpoints, final rankings, or outside interference in The Grand Escape events.

You can experience this dream route on your terms, at your own pace.

MEDIA

If you are a member of the media, including newspapers, content creators, and bloggers, and would like to participate in The Grand Escape Tuscany 2024, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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