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3 NIGHTS

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LEVEL 3

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139 KM

STRADE BIANCHE TOUR

Welcome to Tuscany & the drama of Strade Bianche!

Race the Strade Bianche Gran Fondo & spectate the pro race as it blasts through the Tuscan countryside. Cycle through the vineyards of the Chianti region and discover hilltop villages galore.

This is a tour for cyclists who love breathtaking vistas, Italian food & wines, gravel roads & all the camaraderie of racing one of the world’s best Gran Fondos.

Join Eat Sleep Cycle for a fabulous, fun weekend where cycling legends are made. Our support team will take care of you every step of the, ensuring you and your bike are prepared for the tough road ahead!

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Sienna, Italy
Warm-up ride, Colle di Val d’Elsa, 60 km, 500 m

Day 2:

To be Confirmed…The Strade Bianche World Tour Race
Highlights: Watching the Pro’s fly past on our favourite gravel sector, lunch at a traditional Tuscan restuarant

Day 3:

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo!
Gran Fondo, 139 km, 31 km of gravel roads
Medio Fondo, 86 km, 21 km of gravel roads
Highlights: Gravel roads of the Crete Sensei, Pasta Party

Day 4:

Departure from Siena

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Yes!

The Strade Bianche Grand Fondo offers an undulating course, made more challenging by the sectors of white gravel roads. With the choice of an 87 km or 139 km route the course is accessible and completing the course is achievable for riders with a wide range of fitness – it just depends how fast!

MAP

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 31 KMS OF STRADE BIANCHE, WHITE GRAVEL ROADS.
  • THE RACE FINISH IN PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, SIENA.
  • PONTA DEL GARBO, THE TOUGHEST GRAVEL SECTOR.
  • CHIANTI WINE TASTING & TOUR

STRADE BIANCHE TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

The tour is fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.

The Gran Fondo has it’s own support system of cars and mechanics & feed zones during the event.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.

Quick Facts
  • THE STRADE BIANCHE RACE STARTED IN 2007.
  • THE RACE GAINED WORLD TOUR STATUS IN 2017.
  • CLASSICS SPECIALIST FABIAN CANCELLARA HOLDS THE RECORD OF THE MOST WINS.

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Italian Cuisine

Italians have a world-renowned love affair with food and this is another aspect of the trip to get really excited about.

The beautiful countryside of the Crete Senesi is your base throughout the tour. 

The trip includes breakfast every day at our guesthouse. Ride nutrition, including fresh fruit, snacks, bars & gels is available throughout the tour from our support vehicle. Post-Gran Fondo indulge in a pasta lunch, other coffee stops & lunches are not included – we’ll stop at our favourite trattoria’s & restaurants on our daily routes.

Italian Hospitality

Il Molinello

The Molinello is above all an agriturismo (farm stay), born from the idea of helping farmers to support their incomes. This is a delightful working farm with comfortable rooms, a delicious breakfast served daily & a swimming pool.

The farm consists of four hectares of cultivated truffles, 3000 square meters of garden and orchard, an acre of alfalfa, 11 acres of forest, 5 acres of olive grove for a total of 700 plants.

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

11th-14th September 2020

Available for group bookings

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€1,499

Single Supplement €494

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Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: Fly in to Florence Airport on day 1 in time for a group transfer at 12:00

Fly out of Florence Airport on the last day. Book flights after 14:00 to take the group transfer from the guesthouse.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported
Accommodation: 3 nights, guesthouse near Siena
Food: Breakfast
Bike Hire: Optional – 10% discount
Transfers: Return group transfer to Florence Airport
Strade Bianche Gran Fondo Entry: Included

Group Bookings

Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

Eat Sleep Cycle are so good at what they do... Hands-down best cycle tour operator in Europe. They handled our group of 45 with ease. Everyone including the mechanics at the hub, the guides that took us on fantastic group rides and the guys that run the show, are simply excellent. And an extra special thank you to Lee, Silvia and Brian for making our trip so memorable.

William Jed Harrison

Fantastic service and support! Very warm, knowledgeable and helpful.

Laurel Johnson

We had a challenging ride at The Stelvio Santini Gran Fondo! Eat Sleep Cycle organised everything and made it a truly memorable weekend. Our ride leader, Knut, could not have been more helpful. Thank you ESC!

Ben Calthrop

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

Classic Climbs of the Alps

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Tour Guides

EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

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5 STAR REVIEWS

You’ll be back!
98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

EXPLORE TUSCANY ON A CUSTOM TOUR

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