The Merse Valley Grand Tour, a permanent route built in 2012, was created from the Val di Merse Cycling Group’s idea to promote a deeper and surprising part of Tuscany and the Siena region.
The fully-signposted cycling itinerary runs counter-clockwise, covers a length of 173km with 3100 metres of elevation gain, and mainly stretches along secondary roads and partly on dirt tracks. There are four sectors of dirt road for a total of 12 kilometres. Two of the trails are part of the routes for the professional race called ‘Strade Bianche’ and the other one is part of the route called ‘l’Eroica’.
The green route, being a ring route, can be started from any of the six municipalities located along the route, where you can find fixed facilities such as water fountains, defibrillators, electric charging stations for e-bikes, and bike lounges where you can stop to look at maps and get route information.
There are also other services available on request, as follows: pick-up from the nearest train station, bike rental, a tour leader or a road book, luggage transport for point-to-point travel, bike-friendly accommodation facilities. That it is to say, it is an area suitable for cycists.
The Merse Valley Grand Tour can be tackled with all types of bikes: touring bikes, gravel bikes, mountain bike, road bikes, and E-bikes.
The advice is also to plan several days for this tour, so that you have the time to enjoy the pleasure of travelling.