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Sportive Date 10th March 2019
Nights Available 3 Nights
Strade Bianche Siena Italy
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 sportive for the pro race which is based on a sportive.

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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.


The first classic 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


Friday 8th March

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 9th March

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 10th March

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

Monday 11th March

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


Other Services

  • Pro Race Options

    Ride and watch with us on Saturday or choose a VIP hospitality package.

Routes & FAQs

The Routes

There are two routes for the Strade Bianche sportive, 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 8th March. Please arrange a flight to arrive at least 30 minutes before hand - the transfer time is approx 1hr45.

On Monday, we leave Siena at 10am to arrive back in Pisa at 12pm. Please arrange a flight to leave after 3pm.

Documents Required

You will need a medical certificate or racing license to ride the Strade Bianche. 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. Gravel bikes & wider 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 (max size 12) is supported by an expert local guide and Sportive Breaks host with mechanical support and a post ride social on Sunday.

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: 8 - 11th Mar 2019
Summary Price Quantity Total  

Strade Bianche Single for 1 person
Hotel Minerva - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Return Airport Transfers
Guaranteed Sportive Entries

£795 £795 Book Now

Strade Bianche Twin / Double for 2 people
Hotel Minerva - 8th to 11th March (3 nights)
Return Airport Transfers
2 x Guaranteed Sportive Entries

£999 £999 Sold Out
Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

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