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Garda Bike Hotel

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo

March 07 - March 11 2019
Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Sunday, 10th March 2019: our “Boutique Cycling Experience Collections” calendar starts off the year with a bang!  And a new event that we are excited to share with you.

The Strade Bianche is a unique Granfondo, famous for its hilly, white (unpaved/gravel)  roads, the same roads that make up the famous Strade Bianche Eroica Pro bike race. These unpaved sections are characterised by uneven road surfaces and white gravel, that give a unique feel to the ride, and give the cyclist a memorable challenge.

The white gravel roads, common throughout the picturesque Tuscan countryside, provide the unique character of the race. The roads are usually country lanes and farm tracks, called strade bianche or sterrati in Italian, twisting through the hills and vineyards of the Chianti region.

The sportive edition has grown tremendously and in 2018 there were 5000 participants, one of whom was Nicola! He enjoyed the event so much that for 2019, we want to share this experience with you!

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo with Garda Bike Hotel


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 you’ll spend 4 days immersed in the tastes, scents and beauty of Tuscany, as well as ride the Classic Strade Bianche.

Package Inclusions


• 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


• 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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• 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
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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