Would you like to experience one of the best-known and best-loved road cycling races in the world? The Strade Bianche, originally called the Monte Paschi Eroica, takes place every March in the province of Siena, Italy. It’s a permanent route, which means you can tackle it whenever and however you like.
The Strade Bianche is characterised by sections of dirt road – typical of the Tuscan countryside – combined with short yet steep climbs. Due to the considerable length and elevation gain, this Collection is divided into two parts so you can enjoy the 'picture postcard' panorama to the full in all seasons.
If you’re short on time or want to ride at a more moderate pace, the first Tour can be further broken up as the route touches the village of Buonconvento twice, at kilometres 55 and 100 (miles 34 and 62 ). In this case, you’ll need three days to complete the route.
The start is at the Fortezza Medicea in Siena. There are several car parks in the vicinity, both free and paid. Alternatively, you can reach Siena by train, getting off at the central station and riding just over 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the start.
The second Tour, on the other hand, takes you back to Siena, via a route that’s perfect if you love dirt roads, panoramic views and ancient buildings.
Cycling through the Crete Senesi is an unforgettable experience. The road surface is well-maintained, well-trodden, free of grassy incursions and with little gravel on the surface. Moreover, it’s one of the 'richest' areas in Italy in terms of food and wine, so you’ll definitely enjoy a good meal and some fabulous red wine at the end of the day
The area has numerous accommodation options, including hotels, B&Bs and splendid agritourism options, surrounded by nature. However, I suggest booking in advance, especially in the busier summer months.
Given the fairly mild climate in central Italy, you can ride the Strade Bianche route in all seasons. However, always check the weather forecast close to your departure so that you can take the most suitable equipment and clothing with you.
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Last updated: August 30, 2023
Plan your own version of this adventure in the multi-day planner based on the stages suggested in this Collection.
The first proposed tour starts from the city of Siena, near the Medici Fortress. The intricate streets of the centre, with a strong medieval style, are the perfect setting to kick off the route through the first undulating kilometers on asphalt.
I advise you to get on the saddle early in the morning…
Also for this stage I recommend that you set off early in the morning, so that you can tackle the ride without too much haste. More than a third of the route is dirt, with continuous ups and downs that lead you back to Siena, yesterday's starting point.
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