Strade Bianche

Italy 8th March Strade Bianche

Race Distance

139

Race Elevation

2287

Trip Dates

8th March

Price From

£699 pp

What's Included

(includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Pisa & 3 nights with breakfast and dinners).

Strade Bianche

Travel Package

3 Nights in Siena (includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Pisa & 3 nights with breakfast and dinners).

Return airport transfers from

Pisa (PSA)


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Race Overview
Itinerary
Route Information
Getting to Strade Bianche
Hotel Information
Staff
Tour Overview

Race Overview

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 race on Sunday is relatively short & fast, the weekend overall is a fun and social. On Friday we have dinner in Siena and then ride part of the route on Saturday catching the pro race before finishing in the square. After the Granfondo on Sunday we have another amazing meal in Siena and toast the start of the season!

Itinerary

Weekend Itinerary

One of the first major races of the Granfondo season, Strade Bianche takes in the rolling hills around Siena with some famous gravel sections. The race is short and fast with most of the climbing packed into the back half including some very steep hills on the ride to the finish line in the Piazza del Campo.

Arrival Day Friday 6th March

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 and then dinner at 8pm running through the weekend.

Warm Up Ride & Pro Race Saturday 7th March

Siena
After breakfast we ride out of Siena and experience some of the famous gravel roads. Our local guide will give a short masterclass on how to ride over the gravel. We also see the pro race on our ride before heading back to Siena. We grab a quick shower and walk to the town square for lunch and to watch the pro race finish before an early dinner at the hotel.
Ride Distance 50 km.
Elevation Gain 900 m.

Race Day Sunday 8th March

Siena
After an early breakfast, we roll out of the hotel which is right next to the start line. We have two feed stations on the route to grab a bottle on the fly or stop for some food. We should finish at around lunch time. Dinner is at 7pm where we will toast to the start of the racing season!
Ride Distance 139 km.
Elevation Gain 2237 m.

Departure Day Monday 9th March

Siena
There are two transfers back to Pisa. The early transfer is ideal for Manchester flights, leaving the hotel at 8am for a 10am arrival. The second transfer leaves the hotel at 10am for a 12pm arrival at the airport.
Route Overview

Route Overview

There are two routes for the Strade Bianche Granfondo, both starting and ending in Siena. The long route is 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.

Stage One

From Siena to Siena

Ride Distance 139
Elevation Gain 2237

The long sportive route goes over the same course as the women's elite race. After an early start in Siena, the first half of the route is quick with only one gravel climb of note. The trickiest part of the route is the long, uphill gravel sector half way into the route (sector 5, 9.5km in total with some steep gradients). This is quite a leg softener and the only difficult one of the eight gravel sectors and sets you up for the short, sharp climbs near the finish including the 16% slopes on the way into the square.

Getting There

Getting to Strade Bianche

Fly into Pisa on Friday and depart on Monday.
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.

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

Our base for the weekend is the excellent NH Hotel Siena. Situated right next to the race start and a short walk into town, choose between a shared twin, private single or private double room for two people.

NH Hotel Siena

Address

Via La Lizza, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

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

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.

Staff

Staff

Directeur Sportif: Bryan Steel

Mechanic: Adam Wolley

Travel Packages

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3 Nights: 6 - 9th Mar 2020
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3 Nights B&B in 4* NH Hotel Siena Race Entry Transfers from Pisa
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