Today has been presented in Milan the great cyclism weekend scheduled in Siena on Saturday 3rd and on Sunday 4th March.
Concerning the Gran Fondo here are all the details.
GRAN FONDO STRADE BIANCHE BY TREK – “Long course” of 139km, eight gravel road sectors and 31.4km on “Strade Bianche” (22.5% of the course); “Short Course” of 86.6km, six gravel road sectors and 21.6km on “Strade Bianche” (24.9% of the course)
After the great success of the 2016 edition – where over 2,000 sportive riders participated at the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Trek – and of 2017 with 3,500 cyclists signed up to participate, 2018 edition marked a new record with over 5,000 sportive riders challenging themselves on the gravel roads around Siena.
All these numbers show how this event is growing thanks to its incredible appeal, raced in the unique scenery of Siena and the Crete Senesi.
The official jersey, made by Sportful, is also unveiled at today’s official presentation.
The course will be identical to that of the Strade Bianche Women Elite.
The long course – Gran Fondo course – will be almost identical to the Women Elite’s route (3km longer, before reaching km 0), while the short course – Medio Fondo course – will be 86.6km with six gravel roads sectors, for a total of 21.6km on Strade Bianche.
Entries are still open on www.gfstradebianche.it.
- 611 – the number of non-Italian riders registered so far
- First 3 provinces in Italy – are Milan, Rome and Florence – with Siena 4th; people are coming from all over Italy to ride the Strade Bianche
- 83% – the riders coming from outside Tuscany
As noted by the Municipality of Siena: “The Strade Bianche is one of the most important professional cycling competitions worldwide today. It is also one of the most important events for the territory of Siena, from a sporting point of view as well as considering the international outreach and media coverage due to the level of the participants. The Municipal Administration will continue supporting the organization and promotion of the Strade Bianche, the Women Elite race and the Gran Fondo, in the certainty that the races will continue to grow further in terms of relevance and visibility, thanks to the collaboration of all the institutions involved. All of this is clearly demonstrated by the extra effort put by all the local institutions and the organisers to make the event possible this year, despite the fact that Sunday 4 March is the date of the Italian general election.”
More info on the Pro races, men and women, scheduled on March 3rd on www.strade-bianche.it