2018 U.S. Gran Fondo National Series, supported by Haute Route

Italy Bike Tours

Gran Fondo Strade Bianche

March 02 - March 05 2018
Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Watch the Pro's and Ride the course at the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, March 2 - 5, 2018, with VIP Treatment from Italy Bike Tours

Join Italy Bike Tours for an unmissable weekend in the heart of Tuscany to ride, watch and enjoy Strade Bianche and the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche. They have a limited number of priority starting numbers available to those who want to join in the fun at the Gran Fondo. The Strade Bianche (White Roads) is Italy’s version of Paris-Roubaix and held on the dirt roads of Tuscany with the finish in Siena.

Catching the imagination of cycling fans from around the world this Bucket List weekend is great for cyclists, family and cycling fans too.

Ride Strade Bianche with Italy Bike Tours, March 2 - 5, 2018

On Saturday March 3, the Pro Peloton starts from Siena, the 176km race is well known for its 11 sectors, 50 kms of dirt roads, with the 'Strade Bianche' roads twisting through the Tuscan hills. The resulting race profile is simliar to racing on the pave of Northern France or Belgium. The dirt roads include steep climbs and tough descents. For the professionals, sheer good luck, riding ability and bike handling skills are required to win Strade Bianche. Last year, Michal Kwiatkowski from Team Sky attacked a select group of 5 remaining riders with 15 kms to go, to win the 2017 Strade Bianche in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

Sunday’s Strade Bianche Gran Fondo on March 4, offers two routes; a 130 km Gran Fondo and a 77 km Medio Fondo, with 1,350m and 950m of climbing respectively. The Gran Fondo is virtually the same course as the women’s race, with a mix of short climbs and descents through the Chianti vineyards south of Siena. The eight dirt sectors include both climbs and descents with views across southern Tuscany and riders get to enjoy the same finish as the professional race in Piazza del Campo, Siena.

With a priority starting number, you can join the front along with ex-professionals including Fabian Cancellara, the only rider to have won the race more than once and 5,000 other cyclists from around the world.

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo course profile


  Watch the Pro Peloton tackle the white roads.
  Enjoy the thrill of riding Italy’s most exciting Gran Fondo
  Discover the delights of traditional Italian cooking.
  Relax and unwind when off the bike in a beautiful Tuscan setting.
  Fall in love with Siena and it’s many cobbled streets.
  Fabulous 4* accomodation with spendid views across the Tuscan countryside

Ride Strade Bianche with Italy Bike Tours, March 2 - 5, 2018

Friday 2nd March

You will be met by Italy Bike Tours staff at Firenze airport and privately transferred to our 4* hotel on the outskirts of Sienna. On arrival at the hotel clients will have time to unpack and unwind before our team of mechanics will assist you with your bike set up. In the afternoon our guides will lead a ride of 70km giving you an opportunity to spin the legs and get some valuable tips on riding gravel roads.  We will visit Sienna on the way and assist you with the registration process. This evenings meal will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Saturday 3rd March

This morning we can look forward to an easy day on the bike but some spectacular viewing of the pro peloton as the fight to win the first ‘classic’ of the year. Our morning ride will lead us to our first viewing point of the race. An opportunity to get up close and personal with the pro peloton. On a arrival back at the hotel you will have time to shower and change before we load up in to the mini buses and take you to more viewing points before arriving in Sienna in time to enjoy a coffeee before the race arrives. This evenings meal will be taken in the hotel restaurant.

Sunday 4th March

An early start as riders will transferred (option to ride) to the start of the Gran Fondo. The Italy Bike Tours staff will be on hand to assist clients and ensure everybody is at the right place at the right time! Non-riders will be embedded (optional) with the Italy Bike Tours and get watch their friends from viewing points around the route. On a arrival in Sienna you will have plenty of time to rejoice in your achievements and reflect upon a great day on the bike! This evening meal will be taken at a nearby local restaurant of your choice.

Monday 5th March

Time to say goodbye to beautiful Tuscany. Please arrange for flights from Firenze airport in the late morning or early afternoon.

What’s included?

  3 nights accommodation
  Breakfast and 2 evening meals
  Priority Race entry, briefing and guidance
  Transport to and from race
  Private Airport pickup/dropoff
  Mechanical team and full support team.
  2 Beautifully planned rides.
  Guided rides

Places are Limited!

Places are limited for this complete package with a priority start, full support and VIP treatment, please click on the button below or visit http://www.italybiketours.co.uk/tours/strada-bianche for more information and booking details.

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Ride Strade Bianche with Italy Bike Tours, March 2 - 5, 2018


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Ride Strade Bianche with Italy Bike Tours, March 2 - 5, 2018

Routes: 77, 130 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs


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Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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