The Strade Bianche Professional race was created as a direct result of the L'eroica white roads gravel cycle event. L'eroica was created to celebrate the famous white roads - Strade Bianche of Tuscany and grew into a popular vintage celebration. The participants are expected to embrace the retro nature of a bygone era and dress up in old clothes from the era and ride on old bicycle to celebrate how cyclesport used to be run. If this vintage throwback appeals then see our L'eroica trip for more details.
The Strade Bianche professional race was initially placed the day before the L'eroica event in October when it started in 2007. It quickly shifted the following year to a spring date and has been rooted here ever since. The race is billed as part of the Northern Spring Classics period, and takes the title 'Europes most southern northern classic'.
A few years ago the growing popularity for amateur riders riding the white gravel roads meant the GF Strade Bianche was born. Thankfully you don't have to do it on an old bike as you do with the L'eroica event. So feel free to bring your gravel bike / disc brakes or just ride these friendly gravel roads on your standard road bike and enjoy the granfondo Strade Bianche and the traffic free roads.
Watching the professionals battle it out on this unusual terrain and having your own attempt the following day combined with exploring the beautiful city of Siena and sampling the Tuscan cuisines and wines you're in for an amazing weekend.
• 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation (Hotel Athena)
• Evening meals at local restaurants
• Race entry, briefing and guidance
• Transport to and from race
• Airport pickup/dropoff (Pisa Airport – PSA)
• Support van to follow warmup rides and transport bike boxes
• Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
• Guided rides
• GPX files for use on Garmin navigational bike computers
• Complimentary sports nutrition
• La Fuga Welcome pack
What's Not Included?
• Lunchtime meals
• Travel Insurance
• All drinks with meals
• Incidental expenses
• Spare parts used during rides
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Friday 6 March – ARRIVAL DAY
We’ll meet you at Pisa airport and transfer you to our first night’s hotel close to the centre of Siena. Once checked in at the hotel, our mechanic will assemble your bike and make sure it’s running smoothly.
Saturday March – Day 1 – PRO RACE DAY
Today is the turn of the professionals. We’ll have an early breakfast in the hotel and aim to be in the centre of Siena to take in the atmosphere at the sign-on of the race and see the teams preparing. After watching the pros, we’ll return to the hotel restaurant for a pre-race briefing and a good night’s rest before the big day tomorrow!
Sunday 8 March – Day 2 – GRAN FONDO DAY
Ride the sportive with pro support from La Fuga. One of the most spectacular routes of the year finishing in style in Siena.
Monday 9 March – DEPARTURE DAY
La Fuga will pack bikes while you enjoy your last few days in Italy and the guides will then run a transfer back to the airport.