Today the ribbon was cut and the race village opened at the Fortezza Medicea in Siena. It’s a Sunday start for the Gran Fondo by Enel, which will finish in the incomparable scenery of Piazza del Campo in Siena, after tackling the Sienese gravel roads that have become legendary thanks to the pro race.
Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Enel awaits the 6,000 amateur riders and is set to take place on Sunday on the roads that have become famous thanks to the Strade Bianche professional women and men races. A route with breathtaking views, which has no equal in the world, and one that has become greatly loved by the event’s amateur riders.
Compared to the last edition, the long route of the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Enel has been updated: the kilometers increased from 139 to 142 and the dirt sections from 8 become 10, with the debut of sector n° 5 of Serravalle and n° 7 of Monte Sante Marie – the one dedicated to Fabian Cancellara.
Two long and demanding sectors, respectively 10.7 and 11.5km, which will give the over 6000 amateur rider unprecedented views and unique emotions. Compared to the past edition there will be 22 km more of dirt roads, for a total of almost 55km of strade bianche, 38.5% of the route.
EXPO VILLAGE IS OPEN FROM FRIDAY 4TH MARCH AT 1.00 P.M.
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.