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!
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 MarchSiena
Warm Up Ride & Pro Race Saturday 7th MarchSiena
Race Day Sunday 8th MarchSiena
Departure Day Monday 9th MarchSiena
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.
From Siena to Siena
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 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.
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
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.