The Expo Village will be located in the historical Fortezza Medicea (also known as Forte di Santa Barbara), in Siena. The Fortezza Medicea, built between 1561 and 1563 at the request of Florence’s duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, is going to be the center of the activities of Strade Bianche’s weekend, the real Borgo Bike. The Fortezza is close to the Siena district of San Prospero, near Stadio Artemio Franchi, it’s easily accessable and is about 1 km from Piazza del Campo, where there will be the finish line of the races.
It all begins on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the signature sheet in the women’s race and the Start line will be from the top of the fortress wall, just like the amateurs. It will continue with the ceremony of the male professionals’ signature sheet and its Start.
Next to the Podium and the Starts of the Pro races, the Expo Village will give to all the enthusiasts the possibility to discover the new features offered by sponsor, exhibitors, and local businesses, perform product testing, explore the charity world and learn about the charitable initiatives related to Gran Fondo Strade Bianche; you will be able to attend performances and activities, and of course recover your race bib, chip and race packet at the secretariat prepared for the occasion and open to answer racers questions.
On the next day, that is on Sunday, Fortezza Medicea will be the meeting point for all the Gran Fondo’s participants, and here afterwards will be held the Pasta Party, starting from 12:00 p.m.