We've been chatting recently to Andrea Borchi, organiser of The Tuscany Trail and we're delighted to get on board and help support this reltively new bikepacking event as it goes into its second edition. So what better way to get this multi-day adventure into your head than with a review of the inaugural event back in May and we have the pleasure of sharing with you the official video and some photos fromMartino Vincenzi who took part.
This looks set to become one of the most popular and beautiful unsupported bikepacking events, with the biggest struggle making it passed all the tavernas with their cheeses, wines, olives... anyway we think you get the point, we'll let Martino do the talking...
"Tuscany is one of the most astonishing gems of Italy, an amazing place so famous also beyond its borders.
Tuscany Trail goes through the most peculiar places of this region: Apuane alps, the historic centre of Firenze, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, Pienza, val d'Orcia and the Argentario peninsula. Beauties that comes either from nature and Renaissance, side by side, along the trail.
Like in a puzzle where every single piece of a great plan perfectly matches, so sport, nature, culture and art join this adventure.
What is Tuscany Trail? It's an adventure, not a race, in other words an experience: an unusual, exciting and uncertain experience. A bikepacking experience.
It's unsupported: there's a start and a GPS track, but nothing more.
Everybody has to plan the course looking at their needs and attitudes or listening to what their body communicates. There'll be who is challenging himself and who's taking it easy, relishing the stunning view.
640 km (400 miles), with an elevation gain of 12000m (39000 feet), where half of them are on gravel roads and singletracks.
This is Tuscany Trail."
All photos. Martino Vincenzi