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WHAT IS THE TUSCANY TRAIL
THE WORLD'S LARGEST BIKEPACKING EVENT
The Tuscany Trail is the world’s largest bikepacking event, proudly held every year in the beautiful region of Tuscany. Each time, thousands of enthusiasts from over 50 different countries sign up.
By joining the Tuscany Trail, you’ll embark on a unique adventure covering 470 km and climbing around 6,500 meters. This journey will take you through magical forests and ancient historical centers.
The Tuscany Trail isn’t a race but rather a personal challenge that will leave you with memories and feelings to cherish for a lifetime.
To date, it boasts the highest attendance for any bikepacking event, with 4,700 participants.
The route will be one long lap; you decide where & when to stop to eat and where & when (and if) to stop to sleep. Absolute freedom of choice.
Follow the whole route thanks to the GPS track that will be sent to you after registering. You have to follow the whole route without shortcuts.
No assistance from the organizers, and no support vehicles in tow; just you and your bike.
There is no time limit; you decide the pace and the time of arrival at the finish. Regardless it shall be a great adventure.
THE ROUTE 2024
RING ROUTE - START/FINISH AT CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI
The quest for the “perfect” route began way back in 2007 and is still ongoing. Tuscany is a region of breathtaking beauty, offering cyclists the ideal paths to ride.
The route for the Tuscany Trail 2024 will only be unveiled a few days before registration opens. However, as with every year, we’re committed to providing a track with less tarmac, fewer unnecessary miles, and a concentrated dose of stunning views.
You’ll ride along the famous White Roads, through vineyards, dense forests, and past ancient historic centers. The route will be diverse, featuring white roads, trails, dirt tracks, and some paved roads. You’ll find that there’s always a surprise waiting around every bend, from start to finish.
GET OUT OF THE DAILY ROUTINE
Taking part in the Tuscany Trail means diving into a genuine adventure.
Tackling all the miles to the finish line won’t be straightforward, and you’ll surely encounter some unexpected challenges. But, after all, that’s exactly what everyone seeks in this amazing experience.
The Tuscany Trail gives you a chance to break free from the daily grind, to step out of your comfort zone, and embrace the natural rhythm set by the sunrise and sunset.
For the truly brave at heart, this is the perfect opportunity to sleep under a starlit sky, wrapped in the warmth of a tent or the simplicity of a sleeping bag.
AN ORGANIZED EVENT
A TEAM OF PEOPLE BEHIND THE EVENT
While it’s an “unsupported” event, registering for the Tuscany Trail means joining an exceptionally well-organized event.
The day before the start, you’ll be warmly welcomed into the so-called “village,” which, over the years, has become a gathering spot where you can start soaking up the event’s laid-back vibe. Here, you’ll have the chance to forge new friendships with fellow participants, check out sponsor booths, and fully immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Tuscany Trail. We’ll provide convenient parking, showers, and a dedicated team ready to greet you with the utmost hospitality.
The GPS track you’ll receive is the culmination of months of hard work, showcasing the best that Tuscany has to offer any cycling enthusiast.
INSIDE THE STORY
As the name implies, the Tuscany Trail unfolds in the stunning region of Tuscany, renowned for its exceptionally beautiful medieval and Renaissance town centers.
Awaiting you are enchanting villages where time seems to have stood still since the early 1500s. If you’re lucky, you might stumble upon local festivals showcasing thrilling historical reenactments.
Among the many places you’ll pass through, you’ll have the chance to delve into the historic centers of some of the world’s most captivating cities, including Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Pienza, and Castiglione della Pescaia.
PEDALING ON THE WINDOWS DESKTOP
The Tuscany Trail offers an experience that will guide you through landscapes that are breathtakingly unique and unparalleled in the world. This is nature shaped by the human touch, showcasing its astonishing beauty in full bloom.
You’ll be surrounded by endless rows of cypress trees, picturesque country homes, pristine medieval villages, roads etched into tuff stone, and awe-inspiring marble quarries. You’ll also have the chance to marvel at the captivating patterns of the Maremma region, which emerge amidst striking tombolos and dunes.
Your journey will end with a crystal-clear sea that laps against sun-drenched islands. All this and so much more await you on the Tuscany Trail 2024.
A 360° EXPERIENCE
Your journey through Tuscany will take you to a land renowned for its unmatched reputation in the world of gastronomy.
Tuscany is famed for its cuisine, boasting traditional dishes and desserts made from age-old recipes passed down through generations. Here, you’ll find artisans skilled in crafting white meats and game, with the renowned Florentine steak standing as a true culinary icon. Moreover, you’ll discover a wide range of “peasant” dishes, which, despite their meatless nature, offer extraordinary flavors, such as soups, pappa al pomodoro, and “ribollita”.
You’ll have the chance to savor delicious sandwiches stuffed with unsalted bread slices, paired with exquisite cured meats and cheeses, rivaling dishes from starred restaurants.
Dinner will become an unforgettable experience when you get to taste the extensive selection of local wines, like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Nobile di Montepulciano. Your journey will be a deep dive into the culinary delights of Tuscany.
BY YOUR SIDE TO CREATE MEDIA CONTENT
Your participation in the event will be in the spotlight, along with other participants. Throughout the Tuscany Trail, we’ll have a team of photographers and videographers capturing unforgettable moments in real time for the duration of the event.
Drones, video cameras, professional cameras, and all necessary tools will be used to ensure you have outstanding memories of your adventure. Plus, if you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to share your experience in an exclusive interview.
At the end of the event, we’ll provide you with all the photos and videos to keep your memories alive forever.
All participants are REQUIRED to submit a valid “Health Certificate for cardiovascular intensive sport activity (cycling races/events).”
The medical certificate must expire after 30 June 2024.
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. You can use this template.
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 he forwarded are authentic and correspond to the originals in his possession.
The valid certificate must be uploaded to the dedicated area by April 15, 2024. Download here the template (for non-Italian participants only)
HOW TO UPLOAD THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
Within your account (“My account” in the menu), you can independently upload your medical certificate, which must be in .pdf or .jpg format (size maximum file size 2 Mb), and enter the expiry date of the certificate (the medical certificate is valid for 1 year).
ARE REGISTRATIONS LIMITED?
A limited number of 5,000 participants.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER?
Nothing at the time of registration. It is enough to complete the procedure.
Subsequently, you must send the medical certificate through the new section you will find on the site (you no longer have to send the medical certificate by email).
HOW DOES THE START OF THE TUSCANY TRAIL 2024 WORK?
The start is set at Parco delle Sughere Via Vecchia Aurelia, 1, 57022 Donoratico LI.
A maximum of 2,500 people will be made to start on Friday, May 24, and a maximum of 2,500 people on Saturday, May 25.
The day of departure must be chosen at the time of registration.
Those who choose to start on Friday, May 24, must pick up their event packet on Thursday, May 23, in the afternoon or Friday, May 24, in the morning.
Those who choose to start on Saturday, May 25, must pick up the event packet on Friday, May 24, in the afternoon or Saturday, May 25, in the morning.
Once registered, it is not possible to change the date to pick up the event packet.
The start time is free, starting at sunrise 05:45 am.
The exact times will be announced in the digital guide given to each registered person.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT TO COMPLETE THE TUSCANY TRAIL 2024?
The organization will guarantee its presence until Thursday, May 30th, inside the Parco delle Sughere with bar service.
What happens if you arrive after May 30th? You will still be considered a finisher but need help finding the guaranteed services. However, a large supermarket and two restaurants are in front of the park.
HOW TO GET TO THE DEPARTURE POINT AND REGISTRATION
The starting point and registration of the Tuscany Trail 2024 is:
Parco delle Sughere Via Vecchia Aurelia, 1, 57022 Donoratico LI
By plane: the nearest airport is Pisa (Pisa International Airport)
By train: the closest station is Castagneto Carducci-Donoratico, 900 meters from the departure point.
By car: 500 meters from the E80 Donoratico exit.
WHAT IS THE MOST SUITABLE BIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TUSCANY TRAIL?
This is definitely one of the most frequently asked questions by participants. Let’s say right away that the track is designed to be covered by a MTB. The route is extremely varied, consisting of dirt roads, asphalt secondary roads, and paths. Over the years, participants in the Tuscany Trail have used all types of bikes, from cyclocross (and gravel bikes, of course) to enduring bikes. The truth is that there is no single answer to this question. If you use a gravel bike, you will go very fast on the sections of dirt roads and asphalt, but you will find yourself a bit in trouble along the paths and cart roads, while if you use an MTB, you will face all dirt roads with great ease, but you will be disadvantaged on asphalt.
ARE THERE ANY PRE-ARRANGED STOPS? WHERE DO I SLEEP, AND WHERE DO I EAT?
The Tuscany Trail 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, eat, and sleep along the way. Our advice is to study the route before leaving to get an idea of the possible stops you will make.
HOW DO I FIND FACILITIES ALONG THE WAY TO EAT AND SLEEP? DO YOU HAVE ANY AGREEMENTS WITH SOME FACILITIES?
We do not have any kind of convention along the way. The best way to find a place at the best possible price is to take advantage of technology and in particular, make use of booking.com and Google Maps. The deals you will find on these two sites are the absolute best, and even we couldn't get that much with a possible convention.
Google Maps allows you to figure out where a facility is located and how many miles separate you from it while booking.com allows you to book online. This year, there will be equipped areas with restrooms and showers, they will be marked in the digital guide you will receive after registration.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FINISHING POINT?
During opening hours, you will have the opportunity to eat and drink at the Parco delle Sughere bar.
If you arrive at night (outside the park opening hours indicated in the guide), you may not find anything open to eat.
REGISTRATION ARE ALREADY CLOSED, IS THERE A CHANCE TO REGISTER?
There is no option to register for the Tuscany Trail outside of the official registration date.
Unfortunately, we receive many emails from people requesting to register when registration has already closed. The registration period lasts for months and that is the only time you can register. We strongly recommend that you sign up and read our newsletter regularly; we will be the ones to remind you of useful dates.
I AM REGULARLY REGISTERED, BUT I CAN'T PARTICIPATE. IS THERE A REFUND?
Per our regulations that 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 a national or international level, the event cannot 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 several 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 will be valid for the event on the rescheduled date without additional costs for the members. In this case, it is not possible to move the registration to the following year’s edition.
E-bikes are allowed on the Tuscany Trail.