GRAN FONDO

3 NIGHTS

COMFORT

Advanced Bike Tour of the Alps

LEVEL 3

139 KM

STRADE BIANCHE TOUR

The Strade Bianche is Europe’s most Southern Northern Classic.

Starting and finishing in Siena, Tuscany, the course takes in beautiful kms of white gravel roads, or Strade Bianche.

Spectate the World Tour race on Saturday ahead of riding the course in the Strade Bianche Gran Fondo on Sunday.

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

Day 2:

The Strade Bianche World Tour Race
Watch the Pro race & ride up to 60 kms

Day 3:

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo
Choice of 87 km or 139 km route

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.

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.

We will provide a shuttle for the group to and from Siena in the evenings for guests to enjoy meals at their leisure.

Breakfast, ride nutrition & a post-Gran Fondo Pasta Party is included in the package, additional lunches and dinners are at guests’ expense.

Italian Hospitality

Stay in the family run Soggiorno Lo Stellino hotel, perfectly located 3 km from the historic centre of Siena.

The hotel offers comfortable, clean accommodation; each well-appointed, air conditioned room is spacious, light and airy.

Guests have access to a kitchen/dining room on request and there is an internet access point available at an additional cost. 

There are 3 nights accommodation included in the tour.

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. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

8th – 11th March 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

from €739*

Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: Fly in to Pisa Airport on 8th March 2019 in time for a group transfer at 17:00.

Fly out of Pisa Airport on 11th March 2019, book flights after 14:00 to take the group transfer from the hotel.

A transfer with the support team from Girona is also possible, please inquire.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3 nights, Italian farmhouse, 4* Hotel upgrade available for €150 p/p,
Food: Breakfast only
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Return group transfer to Pisa Airport
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.

EXPLORE TUSCANY ON A CUSTOM TOUR

Choose your dates, accommodation type, tailor your ride itinerary & support.
Add a physio, gourmet food experiences and more!

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.

Classic Climbs of the Alps 5 star reviews

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.

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

The enthousiasm of Louise, Lee and Brian is so highly addictive, it makes me regret I was able to spend only 2 days cycling with them. They take care of everything and show you around like a good friend would. Impossible not to love this small business!

Charlotte Meerscchaut

I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!

Jennifer Oh

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