GF Strade Bianche
Ride into the Legend
Europe’s most southerly northern classic: the Gran Fondo that covers the same gravel roads tackled by the great champions of world cycling returns on Sunday 3 March. The start is set from the Fortezza Medicea (Medici Fortress) and the arrival arch is located in the splendid setting of Piazza del Campo, with the possibility of choosing between the long 138.5 km route (2000 metres of elevation gain and 9 gravel sections) or the shorter 87 km route (1350 metres of elevation gain and 6 gravel sections).
Weather and physical preparation
“The first event of the season, bearing all the uncertainties of weather and physical preparation…”
“It's a much tougher Gran Fondo than one may think!”
Heat and dust
“It is a very, very demanding race. The first time I struggled with cold and mud, this time with heat and dust.”
It takes a lot of training
“Gravel ride for experts. Serious training required.”
Excellent assistance on the route
“I was amazed by everything that was going on and around me! In every respect... from bib pick-up to race package.... Excellent assistance on the route.”
“Fabulous race, thanks to an incredible landscape, too bad for the puncture!”
“A fantastic route and well-organised event. In a nutshell, GO FOR IT!!! I hope to do it in the rain next year to experience the "magic" of mud.”
An epic Gran Fondo, characterised by an alternation of asphalted and unpaved stretches in the unique landscape of the Crete Senesi. 7,000 participants are ready to challenge each other on the same roads as the Pros. Are you ready to ride into the legend?
Ride into the Legend
march 3rd 2024 – Ride into the Legend
Departure from the Medici Fortress
After the start in the centre of Siena, the riders face the first undulating kilometres on asphalt before
reaching the first three gravel sections (Vidritta, Bagnaia, Radi). At Radi, one can choose whether to continue on the long route or proceed on the short one.
3 more gravel sections to be tackled after Radi (Prisciano, Colle Pinzuto, Le Tolfe) for a total of 22 km of
gravel roads (24.8% of the route) divided into 6 sectors.
The long route features a further 6 gravel sections (Piana, Serravalle, S. Martino in Grania, Monteaperti, Colle Pinzuto, Le Tolfe) for a total of 42 km of dirt roads (30.2% of the route) divided into 9 sectors.
The arrival in Piazza del Campo
The last kilometres are the same for both routes. The first part winds its way outside the town of Siena, first
downhill and then slightly uphill until 2 km from the finish line, where the Via Esterna di Fontebranda is tackled. At 900 m to go, the athletes will cross the Fontebranda Gate, where the cobbled paving begins. The gradient exceeds 10% until around 500 m from the finish line, with peaks of 16% in Via Santa Caterina. With 300 m to go, the road descends gently until the (flat) last few metres in Piazza del Campo.
A jersey that will inspire you on every bike ride you take. Carry with you a memory of the Gran Fondo Il Lombardia wherever you go!
After crossing the finish line, head back to the village for the final pasta party and share your experience with friends and other amateurs!
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Get in the saddle with us!
Registrations are open and can only be made online by credit card, direct bank transfer and Satispay.
Registration fee = 97 euro
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