Gran Fondo Strade Bianche 2020 | Lucca Cycling Club

Gran Fondo Strade Bianche 2020

location

Siena, Italy

Days (4)

March 5 - 9, 2020

Av. daily distance

90 km | 1200 m

Difficulty

3/5

Overview

Summary

Imagine crisp spring air, the uncertainty of rain or shine, historic Siena packed to the brim with pros and anything but, and fine white dust that brings peace and meaning to only a cyclist. The task is to take in the energy and ultimately transcend the noise, emotion, and clanking gears to be at one with the beloved strade bianche.

Join us under our care, guidance and expertise at this world-class event. My team and I manage the logistics, you show up and together we create magic.

Inclusions

  • four-star hotel in the historic center of Siena
  • pro bike mechanic & bike cleaning
  • two expert guides
  • airport transfers from Florence airport
  • all group meals and drinks
  • riding food
  • support vehicle
  • event registration
  • detailed itinerary & packing list
  • laundry

This trip is for you if

  • you believe there’s more to life than grinding gears, but grinding gears is still fun
  • you define the antithesis of challenge as decay
  • aperitivo, antipasto, primo piatto, secondo piatto, contorno, dolce and digestivo in one sitting doesn't intimidate you

Biking with benefits

  • tap into world class-coaching and cycling tips
  • play hard so you can work even harder
  • fuel the flame of creativity and spark new ideas
Women's Strade Bianche Pro
Mens-Pro-Strade-Bianche

Itinerary

  • Arrival Day: Thursday, March 5th

    Look to plan your flight into Florence (or Pisa) before noon. We'll pick you up, build/set-up bikes, have a quick lunch then hit the roads for 40-50kms. What's for dinner you ask? Could be cinghiale. Maybe cinta Senese or how about pappardelle/pici pasta?

  • Friday, March 6th

    It's 90 - 100 kilometers today because now that we're on the lands of Siena, how can we not bask in all their glory? We'll get lunch en-route and dinner in one of Siena's antique taverns.

  • Saturday, March 7th

    Strade Bianche Eroica Pro brings this event to life, and today we grace them with our presence at the most beautiful and brutally hard gravel segments. Weather permitting we'll see the women at San Martino in Grania, get a quick lunch, then see the men at Monte Sante Marie. The day rounds off with dinner and a pre-race briefing.

  • GF Strade Bianche: Sunday, March 8th

    Yesterday the pros had their glory, but today's focus is on you and the white roads. Ride either the 139 km route with 31.4 km of strade bianche or 86 km with 21. We celebrate with a post-Fondo lunch and again with dinner in style.

  • Departure Day: Monday, March 9th

    Mission accomplished, photos captured, and calories restored, we take you to Florence (or Pisa) airport first thing in the morning.

The perks of rolling with us

You’re not just a number to us, but a person we genuinely look forward to connecting with. We love people; they’re what make us tick and, as it turns out, our people are alot alike. Our clients become our friends, and our friends become your friends.

We lead with the confidence of a decade of experience. You’re in the qualified company of skilled cyclists, guides, and mechanics. We speak Italian, we know the roads and, before anything else, we’ve got your back.

Heart-centered service is what you deserve and heart-centered service is what you shall get. We’re in it with heart and soul, because how else would we do this thing we’re honored to call work? It matters that kindness, consideration and good times prevail.

We host trips we love and quite frankly want to experience ourselves. It’s our hidden sixth gear, and it’s why we’re downright nerdy about details and logistics. Running buttery smooth trips isn’t clockwork, it’s our artform.

Your bike is safe with us. We’re cyclists with emotional connections to our bikes, too. We get that you care about your bike and we’ll treat it with the utmost TLC. We choose hotels and villas that have a secure bike room and proven experience in delivering a high-quality service.

Thriving in Italy is all about who you know. Building relationships takes time and effort and when you’re with us, our contacts are yours. If they aren’t good or passionate enough about what they do, we won’t be there.

FAQ

Am I strong enough for the trip?

If you're not strong enough now, you can always become stronger. For this event, strong enough means being able to hold your own on hard-packed gravel roads among hundreds of other cyclists. 

It also means being able to ride an average of 90 km/day, three days in a row while enduring potentially dramatic weather. But there is no better reward for overcoming these physical and mental tests than crossing the finish line in Piazza del Campo.

Which bike/tires do you recommend?

99% of participants use a road bike because 77% of the course is on paved roads. But you can still use a gravel bike if you want to!

I like 25 mm tires and have always used 25's. If you can fit 28 mm without scratching your frame, then it's a matter of personal preference. Choose a robust tire over thin, lightweight race tires.

Other questions?

Great! For more information and to set up a callback, contact us here.

Book this trip

Single Occupancy: €1,949 | Double Occupancy: €1699 | Deposit: €750

Bike rental, flights, and travel insurance are not included.