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Garda Bike Hotel

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo

September 13 2020
Siena, Tuscany, Italy

The Strade Bianche is a unique Gran Fondo, famous for its hilly, white (unpaved / gravel) roads, the same roads that make up the famous Strade Bianche Pro bike race. The white gravel, common throughout the picturesque Tuscan countryside, provides the unique character of the race.

As a tour operator for the Strade Bianche, we will offer you the best possible “white roads” experience.  Not only we will guarantee your registration to this event, which sells out year after year, you will also have VIP status, up front at the start of this monumental race and a Dinner with our friends of the Bora Hansgrohe pro team. Our staff will take care of your every need. We’ll have a program of personalized rides with expert local guides in a group of no more than 15 cyclists, so everyone will be showered with attention and 24h support from our staff. 

It will be an unforgettable experience, not only because of the unique character of the roads, but because we’ll be bringing our “Dolce Vita” style to Tuscany. We’ll have the chance to visiti the medieval Siena and because Tuscany is so well known for its Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many other wine varieties, you can be sure we’ll taste the local wine. We’ll dine on Tuscan specialties, like Ribollita (a hearty Tuscan soup) and Bistecca alla Fiorentina (a mouthwatering steak, grilled to perfection). 

We have built this package for you with flexibility in mind. Stay at Garda Bike Hotel before the Strade Bianche (facultative), to warm up for the big event, or head to Garda after you have conquered the big race of Siena, to relax with rides along the lake, or through our beautiful vineyards. It is totally up to you, and we will personalise your holiday to your liking! If you started your trip with the first three nights in the Strade Bianche, we will drive you to Lake Garda for the next three nights.

This is a 4 night (minimum) package, which includes:

• 4 nights in Tuscany, from Thursday 05th March to Monday 09th March 2020

• optional stay at Lake Garda, before or after Tuscany, on demand.
• other optional trip customizations possible before or after Tuscany on demand.

CYCLING SERVICES & FACILITIES

• GUARANTEED ENTRY TO STRADE BIANCHE GRANFONDO
• VIP ENTRY AT THE FRONT OF THE PELOTON, IN THE FIRST GRID (NUMBERS 1-200)
?• VIP DINNER WITH THE BORA HANSGROHE PROFESSIONAL TEAM ON THURSDAY 05.03.2020
• 5 days custom program with daily group rides
• Professional Garda Bike Hotel guides both on Lake Garda and in Tuscany
• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Daily laundry service for bike clothing
• Bike rental of our Pinarello Grevil (optional - not included)
• Bike room with alarm, workshop and washing area
• Full Garda Bike Hotel Cycling Kit by famous italian brand Alè
• Insurance for Assistance - Medical Expense Reimbursement - Luggage Insurance - Cancellation.

ACCOMODATION & MEALS

ENJOY GARDA HOTEL **** / Garda Bike Hotel (Peschiera del Garda)

• Accommodation in double rooms with full board board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Lunch buffet
• Dinner a la carte

LA BAGNAIA GOLF & SPA RESORT SIENA by Hilton 5*****

• Accommodation in double rooms with half board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Dinner a la carte

BORGO FILETTA by Hilton 4**** - apartments

• Accommodation in double rooms with half board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Dinner a la carte

OUR BASE IN SIENA

LA BAGNAIA GOLF & SPA RESORT SIENA by Hilton 5*****. Once a medieval village, the resort is a tranquil hideaway full of history, preserved across a 1,100-hectare estate. Featuring a spa with thermal waters, an 18-hole golf course, restaurants, bars, lush gardens and authentic experiences, our Tuscan accommodations provide the perfect getaway.  This location is ideal for exploring Tuscany, with UNESCO City of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and San Galgano Abbey a short ride away. Relax at Buddha Spa by Clarins under the waterfall at the outdoor thermal pool. Enjoy the sauna, steam room and signature treatments. Indulge in local cuisine paired with Tuscan wines and an aperitivo poolside during summer.

TRANSPORTATION

• Transfers from / to Verona with prior arrangement (driver available from 8 am to 8 pm)
• Collective transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Siena (05th march in the early morning)
• Collective transfer from Siena to Peschiera del Garda (09th march in the morning - on request we might stop in Bologna or Florence)

PROGRAM SAMPLE

5th MARCH (THURSDAY)
We recommend that you arrive and stay at Garda Bike Hotel on 4 March, so that we can get an early start on 5 March for our trip to Tuscany.  Otherwise, plan to meet us mid-day in Siena. For those already arrived at Garda Bike Hotel, we’ll have a hearty breakfast and then grab our bags and bikes and transfer by our luxury van to Siena, with an approximate travel time of 3 hours. Once we check in to our resort strategically located in the heart of the event (La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton) we’ll go for a short ride with our private guide, giving us the chance to test our bikes, and make any final adjustments.  We’ll stop for lunch along the way. We’ll get back early enough to get ready for an intimate dinner with The Bora Hans-Grohe team, the team of Peter Sagan.  We’ll dine with the pros and get to learn a little bit about them before we watch them race.

06th MARCH (FRIDAY)
We’ll scout out the roads of the Gran Fondo, a twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills, most significantly on the unpaved parts. We’ll ride at an easy pace to enjoy the beautiful short route with its hills and ancient buildings.  We will stop for photos and get familiar with the challenging climbs. We will be supported by our local guide, van and our driver/mechanic. We’ll also stop for lunch long the way. Late afternoon, we’ll head to a beautiful wine estate, where we’ll have a wine tasting of the classic Chianti and Sangiovese wines of this region, along with a true farm to table dinner, with local and regional products.

07th MARCH (SATURDAY)      
In the morning, we’ll watch the PRO’s riding Europe's most southern Northern Classic. After breakfast, we’ll head down to the start line, and watch the excitement up close, as the pros’ warm up in front of their tour bus and sign in for the race. Once the pros have headed out of town, we’ll head out ourselves for a morning warm up ride. We’ll have lunch right at the finish line and watch as the excitement rolls into the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena. For NON-RIDERS, we can organize a day trip to…This evening, we'll dine together in the Resort and review our plans for the next day's Gran Fondo.  At our briefing, we'll review the next day's itinerary, including meeting points before and after the ride.

8th MARCH (SUNDAY)
This is the day of our “Gran Fondo Strade Bianche.” Riders can choose between two routes – a long course of 139km, featuring 31.4km of gravel, or a shorter option at 86.6km with 21.6km of white roads. You will be up front leading the way for the peloton, astride a brand new Pinarello gravel bike. After completing the Granfondo, we’ll enjoy a well-earned lunch, and share our ride triumphs and experiences. In the evening, we’ll celebrate together with a gourmet experience by a local butcher, where you can eat one of the most famous Italian dishes,  Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a nice big juicy steak from the famous Chianina breed of cattle.

9th MARCH (MONDAY)
After breakfast, we’ll return to Garda Bike Hotel, and make any transfers.  

GRAVEL BIKE - PINARELLO GREVIL

Year of the bike: March 2019
Group set: Shimano Ultegra 11 speed 34 – 50 // 11 – 34
Saddle: Selle Italia SP – 01
Handelbar & Stem: Most Jaguarc XC
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero Disc
Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Graphene Pro 30 mm
Garmin Mount: Most iTALON Cockpit for Garmin VIRB, GoPro, Shimano o TomTom Bandit

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo with Garda Bike Hotel

Dates

This is a 4 nights (minimum) package, which includes:

• 4 nights in Siena, Tuscany, from Thursday 07th March to Monday 11th March 2019
• you can extend your stay with 1 or more nights at Lake Garda, either before or after the Granfondo

This is a suggested itinerary for the Tuscany component of the trip:

07th March (Thursday)

In the morning, an easy ride in the Lake Garda area. In the afternoon, transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Tuscany. In the evening there will be a special dinner with a PRO Team.

NB: if you are landing in Italy on the 07th, we suggest arriving at Peschiera del Garda before 1 pm in order to join the collective transfer from Garda Bike Hotel to Siena.?

08th March (Friday)     

We’ll try the ride of the Granfondo, a twisty and undulating course, with no long climbs but with punchy hills, most significantly on the unpaved parts. We’ll ride at an easy pace to enjoy the beautiful route with its hills and ancient buildings.  We will stop for photos and get familiar with the challenging climbs. We will be supported by our van and our driver/mechanic.

09th March (Saturday)      

In the morning, we’ll watch the PRO’s riding the Europe's most southern Northern Classic
In the afternoon, we’ll visit a beautiful winery, famous for its connection to cycling: the owner Paolo Bianchini was a champion cyclist and now he’s a winning winemaker.

Then we will pick up our Gran Fondo welcome bag (Rider bag and ride number).

10th March (Sunday)

This is the day of our “Granfondo Strade Bianche”  Riders can choose between two routes – a long course of 139km, featuring 31.4km of gravel, or s shorter option at 86.6km with 21.6km of white roads. After completing the Granfondo, we’ll enjoy the complementary pasta party while you share your ride triumphs and experiences. In the evening, we’ll have a special Gala dinner to celebrate the the end of this experience

11th March (Monday)

After breakfast, we’ll return to Verona and Lake Garda

Dolce Vita Style

It will be unforgettable, not only because of the unique character of the roads, but because we’ll be bringing our “Dolce Vita” experience to Tuscany.   We’ll stay in medieval Siena, with its gothic archways, towers  and the famous Piazza del Campo that is the focal point and heart of the city.  We’ll spend 4 days  exploring both Siena, with its 17 contrades, or districts, as well as the amazing Tuscan hills, dotted with the distinct look of cypress trees. And because Tuscany is so well known for its Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di  Montepulciano and many other wine varieties, you can be sure we’ll taste the local wine. We’ll dine on Tuscan specialties, like Ribollita ( a hearty Tuscan soup)  and Bistecca alla Fiorentina (a mouthwatering steak, grilled to perfection). You’ve heard about Tuscany and you’ve seen the pictures...now you’ll spend 4 days immersed in the tastes, scents and beauty of Tuscany, as well as ride the Classic Strade Bianche.

Package Inclusions

IN TUSCANY

• Four nights of accommodation in a boutique and historical hotel in the centre of Siena.
(On request, with a supplement,  you can choose Grand Hotel Continental – Starhotels, the only 5-star boutique hotel in the historical centre of Siena)

• Accommodation in double rooms
• Buffet breakfast every morning
• dinner in local restaurant, featuring the best local produce and cuisine

• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Our professional GBH guides will ride with you

• GUARANTEED  VIP ENTRY FIRTS GRID TO STRADE BIANCHE GRAN FONDO, between number 1 and 200 (limited places available)
?• VIP dinner with a PRO team

AT LAKE GARDA - OPTIONAL STAY

• Accommodation at our four star Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda, in our hotel rooms or apartments

• our "Bici Love - ALL INCLUSIVE cycling package" including:

- Full board (breakfast, post ride buffet, dinner a la carte)
- Daily guided group rides (7 days per week), with van support on long rides
- Daily laundry service (bike clothing)
- Transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement

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PLUS:

• Bike Rental of our Pinarello Dogma F10 with disk brakes
• Full Cycling Kit by Alè
• Collective transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Siena (07th March in the afternoon)
• Collective transfer from Siena to Peschiera del Garda (11th March in the morning)

 
Routes: 87, 139km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
 
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
 
Start Address: Siena, Tuscany, Italy
 
 
 
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