ROUTES

Still we can confirm to you the ride final distances as they have resulted from this meticulous work: 
  • Paseo Eroica: 20 km
  • Short route: 69 km (6 more than in the last edition)
  • Medium route: 118 km (again, 6 more)
  • Long route: 193 km (5 less than 2016)
Our main ambition is to improve your experience from one edition to the following one, and we hope that this hard work will impact very positively on your next Eroica Hispania ride (especially for those who will ride 193 km instead of 198 km)
 
La Rioja is an area of vineyards, of great cultural and environmental interest, sister of the original L'Eroica in Chianti (Tuscany). 
Along the route we will go through some of the most representative wineries in the Rioja region. This is not only an area of wines, but also of great artistic and cultural interest, where the first writings were conducted in Castilian and where Roman architecture has great impact. 

We will ride not only for vineyards and wineries, but also fortresses, castles and watchtowers. The Eroica Hisnpania shares some locations with one of the most famous way of the world: the Camino de Santiago.
 
Definitely an event that returns the values of cycling in its origins, enjoying the journey, gastronomy and landscape. A tribute to the land and its people in a unique setting as La Rioja.

Willy Mulonia is the Alma Mater of this great event. After meeting Giancarlo Brocci in Gaiole in Chianti, a great dream had began: being able to bring the spirit of L'Eroica to Spain in an sister region of Tuscany such as La Rioja.

Next June will be a reality: we are waiting all of you.

 


SHORT ROUTE

This route includes a very accessible route for all types of cyclist. Its 69 km elapse between vineyards and characteristic towns of the culture of Rioja.
Started in Cenicero and we will ride to  Torremontalbo, a typical and characteristic village of 15 residents that still hosts one of the best preserved and inhabited castles of La Rioja. 
Here we begin the route along dirt roads to San Asensio, then we proceed to Briones, which is famous for  its walls, stone houses, and the views of the meandering Ebro river. 
The area also hosts the famous wine museum of Vivanco Dynasty. 
We will reach  San Vicente de la Sonsierra, the most important point of this short route. Crossing the medieval bridge to ascend toward the castle for their revolts and cobbled streets, where every year at Easter run the famous Picaos de San Vicente, celebration of National Interest. 
Riding through several of its streets, we leave the city and go along the banks of the Ebro, gazing at the Davalillo Castle on the right. 
Crossing Baños de Ebro, Navaridas and Páganos, we will reach  Laguardia, another key point of our journey, beautiful walls and car-free village reminiscent of images of older times, enjoying great local food. From here we head to Elciego with its important winery Marqués de Riscal hotel, designed by Frank Gehry. Next town will be again Cenicero where we will fisnish our short route.


This is en Eroica Route even if short for all types of cyclist. Its 69 km winds its way through vineyards and characteristic Rioja towns.
Starting in Cenicero we will ride to Torremontalbo, a typical and characteristic village of 15 residents that still hosts one of the best preserved, inhabited castles of La Rioja.
Here we begin the route along dirt roads to San Asensio, then we proceed to Briones, which is famous for its walls, stone houses, and views of the meandering Ebro river.
The area also hosts the famous Vivanco Dynasty wine museum.
We then reach San Vicente de la Sonsierra, the most important point of this short route. Crossing the medieval bridge, we ascend towards the castle for their steeps and cobbled streets, where every year at Easter, the famous Picaos de San Vicente, a celebration of national interest, takes place.
Riding through several of its streets, we leave the city and go along the banks of the Ebro, gazing at the Davalillo Castle on the right.
Crossing Baños de Ebro, Navaridas and Páganos, we will reach  Laguardia, another key point on our journey, beautiful walls and car-free village reminiscent of images of older times, enjoying great local food. From here we head to Elciego with its important winery Marqués de Riscal hotel, designed by Frank Gehry. Then it’s back to Cenicero where we will finish our short route.
 

MEDIUM ROUTE

Cyclists need to be in good shape for this route as it is 118 km long and is characterized by a series of climbs and descents, with long rolling hills.
Up to Laguardia, the tour is the same as the short one.
Here, a continuous up and down hill will take us past the towns of Villar de Álava, Kripan, Yécora and Barriobusto up to Labraza, another walled town on top of a hill. 
Going through its front gate we will leave the village to turn to Moreda and Oyón, where the old road will take us to the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja. 
We will enter the old village centre across the steel bridge, psssing the centenarian Franco-Spanish winery, property of the Paternina Group, we will ride through the old streets of Marqués de San Nicolás leaving the old town through the wall of Revellín, heading towards the Chapel of Christ in Fuenmayor, a village where we can see the Palace that hosted the first appellation of La Rioja wine. From there, we will cross railway tracks several times before reaching the last stop in Cenicero.

LONG ROUTE

This route covers part of Rioja Media and virtually all La Rioja Alta along its 193 km. Designed for fit and well-prepared cyclists who wish to enjoy its paths and roads.
At sunrise we will leave Cenicero and go through Huércanos and then Nájera, birthplace of Kings and municipality within the Camino de Santiago. 
We will leave the village the same way through Cordovín, famous for its characteristic wine named "clarete", elsewhere known as Rosé, Badarán, Estollo, and arriving at San Millán where the Yuso and Suso Monasteries, home of the Spanish language, were appointed UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. 
Sighting their gardens we leave the village to reach Berceo, Villar de Torre, Manzanares de Rioja and Cirueña, back to touch another part of the Camino de Santiago, go through Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a refuge for pilgrims famous for its cathedral where legend says a chicken sang after being roasted. From here we head to Ochánduri and Cuzcurrita Rio Tiron, where you can visit the Castillo de Velasco and the Church of San Miguel. 
Sajazarra will impress you with its palace, the castle and the perfectly preserved medieval streets. 
From here we depart to Haro, the Rioja wine capital, famous for its ancient cellars, neighbourhoods such as Muga, CVNE and Lopez de Heredia and for being one of the first Spanish municipalities to have streetlights. 
From here we cross the Ebro river by a medieval bridge and head towards Briñas, Labastida to San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where on steep cobbled streets we will reach its walled fortress. Here, every year on Easter Sunday, people come from halfway around the world to see the Picaos of San Vicente, and the famous festival of national interest. On the banks of the Ebro we will reach Laguardia and from here the route is identical to the Medium route to reach Cenicero.

EROICA LEISURE

The Eroica Leisure, will be showed the next December 2015.
Work in progress. 
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