Regarding practical stuff, what are people doing for accommodation? Is it possible to camp in Gaiole in Chianti?
Although I haven't used it and have no idea how to book, there were loads of tents on a football pitch in the middle of Gaoile right next to the start so that's got to be the camping option. I'm staying at a hotel in Radda - the Little Boss is coming too so we are making a holiday of it - it's Villa Sant’Uberto Country Inn for what it is worth.
Distance wise, I went with the full distance in 2010 (a very long day in the saddle although I made the mistake of starting in the light) and the 135km last year which, if I am honest, was plenty and allowed a finish in the afternoon. I'm very undercooked physically this year but thinking of starting very early in the dark and seeing what happens (you're well into the ride when the course forks so can opt as you see fit then) although I feel that I should at least start off with 'heroic' intentions and that's certainly what I'll state at registration.
But, and most importantly, you didn't mention if you were up for a beer Johnny.