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Sportive Date 8th March 2020
Nights Available 3 Nights
BOOK FROM £299pp DEPOSIT
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Strade Bianche Siena Italy
3 nights in Siena
Sportive Entry
Return transfers from Pisa
Guided rides & mechanical support
Optional Extras Bike Rental Available
Sportive Overview
Strade Bianche By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Strade Bianche

One of the modern classics of the sportive calendar. The Strade Bianche is one of the first major races of the European season taking in an undulating route over the old gravel roads of Tuscany. The pro race stems from a sportive set up in the late 90s in this region called L;Erioca which celebrated the golden age of cycling where amateurs would ride old bikes in retro kit over stunning Tuscan roads. This became so popular the pros wanted a race on the same terrain, and to come full circle there is now a granfondo for the pro race which is based on a sportive.

Rolling Hills

Terrain

Rolling

Italy

Country

Italy

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

5,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Gravel riding at it's best

    The most famous spot in the world to ride the gravel. Tuscany is packed with traditional "white roads" that give the race it's name and the sportive takes in some of the best.

  • Stunning Siena

    This is no slight on Liege, Roubaix or Wevelgem but if you want to bring a partner on a cycling break or grab some culture, Siena, the home of the Strade Bianche, is the spot for you.

  • Catch the pro race

    Quickly becoming the new monument, the Strade Bianche pro race on the Saturday has been epic over recent years. Catch the action with us out in the countryside and then at the finish in Siena.

Itinerary

The first classic pro race & Granfondo of the season on the famous white roads of Tuscany. Take on the gravel with a killer finish into stunning Siena.

Why Book With Us

  • Great bike hotel in Siena
  • Warm up ride on Saturday with our local guide to watch the race
  • Easy airport transfers

Itinerary

Friday

Arrive in Pisa for the transfer at 3pm. We arrive into the hotel before 5pm with time to build bikes and be ready for tomorrow. At 7pm we have a welcome drink with our guide to run through the week.

Saturday

We ride 60km today taking in a couple of gravel sections to get you ready for the sportive. We catch the pro race out on the route and then head back to the hotel and watch the finish in Siena.

Sunday

Sportive day! The sportive starts at 8.30am. Upon your return we help pack your bikes and celebrate an epic ride.

Monday

At leisurely morning before we head back to Pisa departing Siena at 11am for a 1pm arrival.

Choose the hotel

Hotel MinervaNH Hotel Siena

Hotel Minerva

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 72, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

  • A short walk to central Siena
  • Good size rooms
  • Private bike storage
About the Hotel

Our 3 star base for the Strade Bianche is the excellent Hotel Minerva. We have private bike storage with bike stand and tools. Rooms are a good size and the hotel is a short walk to the town square in Siena.

NH Hotel Siena

Via La Lizza, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

  • Smart 4* Hotel in Siena
  • Right next to the start line
  • Short Walk to Town
About the Hotel

Our four star base for the Strade Bianche is the comfy NH Hotel in Siena. Located right next to the start line in a hilltop location with amazing views over the rolling hills. Rooms are modern and comfortable and staff are friendly.

Other Services

  • Bike Rental

    We have a fleet of Giant Defy bikes with 28mm tyres, ideal for the cobbles. Book these for £139, our mechanics will have them ready for you to ride and take them from you after you have covered them in dust from the gravel roads!

     
Routes & FAQs

The Routes

There are two routes for the Strade Bianche Granfondo, both starting and ending in Siena. The long route is the same as the women's pro race over 139km with 31km of gravel. The shorter route is 86km with 21km of gravel. There are few tough climbs until you hit the final ascent into Siena where the gradients hit 16% before finishing in the amazing square - one of the most stunning finishes to a bike race anywhere in the world.

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 139

Elevation gain: 1350

The long sportive route goes over the same course as the women's elite race. The trickiest parts of the route are sector 2 with a nasty climb and the long almost 10km sector. Save some energy for the final sharp climb into Siena.

Ride Distance: 86

Elevation gain: 950

The medium route still features plenty of gravel to give you a feel for the race. The ride splits after sector 2 and takes in some new gravel roads before rejoining for the last 20km.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

Our transfers depart from Pisa airport at 3.15pm on Friday. Please arrange a flight to arrive at least 30 minutes before hand - the transfer time is approx 1hr45.

On Monday, we have two transfers. The first leaves at 8am to arrive at Pisa airport at 10am, the second leaves Siena at 10am to arrive back in Pisa at 12pm. Please arrange a flight to leave after 12pm & 3pm respectively.

Documents Required

You will need a medical certificate or racing license to ride the Strade Bianche Granfondo. We will collect your entries and deliver to your hotel.

What to Pack

The weather can be very mixed so bring wet weather gear and arm warmers / gilets. Wider (28mm plus) tyres are recommended on the strade bianche.
Travel Packages

Popular Packages

Join us in Siena for three nights taking in the pro race and sportive. Our small groups are supported by an expert local guide and Sportive Breaks host with mechanical support and a guided warm up ride on Saturday.

All Packages Include:

  • 3 nights B&B accommodation in Siena
  • Return airport transfers from Pisa
  • Guided ride to watch the pro race on Saturday
  • Guaranteed Sportive entry
3 Nights: 6 - 9th Mar 2020
Summary Price Quantity Total  

Strade Bianche Single Three Star
Hotel Minerva - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Single Room, Bed & Breakfast
Return Airport Transfers
Guaranteed Sportive Entry

£649 £649 Book Now

Strade Bianche Single Four Star
NH Hotel Siena - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Single Room, Bed & Breakfast
Return Airport Transfers
Guaranteed Sportive Entry

£899 £899 Book Now

Strade Bianche Twin Three Star
Hotel Minerva - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Twin / Double Room, Bed & Breakfast
Return Airport Transfers
2 x Guaranteed Sportive Entries

£1039 £1039 Book Now

Strade Bianche Twin Four Star
NH Hotel Siena - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Twin / Double Room, Bed & Breakfast
Return Airport Transfers
2 x Guaranteed Sportive Entries

£1299 £1299 Book Now
Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

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