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.
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.
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.
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 pro race & Granfondo of the season on the famous white roads of Tuscany. Take on the gravel with a killer finish into stunning Siena.
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.
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.
Sportive day! The sportive starts at 8.30am. Upon your return we help pack your bikes and celebrate an epic ride.
At leisurely morning before we head back to Pisa departing Siena at 11am for a 1pm arrival.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Ride Distance: 139
Elevation gain: 1350
Ride Distance: 86
Elevation gain: 950
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.
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:
Strade Bianche Single Three Star
Strade Bianche Single Four Star
Strade Bianche Twin Three Star
Strade Bianche Twin Four Star