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Discover Siena gravel roads, amazing cycle route in Tuscan countryside

 

Siena for bike lovers

The routes run to and from Siena with the Medici Fortress to act as a bulwark at the start of the two races and Piazza del Campo to accommodate the arrival, as has become tradition, near the Mangia Tower.
The path for men and women are slightly different, as usual: for men the path of 176 kilometers, of which 52.8 for white roads divided into 9 sectors. It's a very rough track and corrugated on both the planimetric plan and elevation, no long climbs, but studded with more or less steep stretches, especially on dirt. For women, however, the route is 121 kilometers, with 22.4 km of gravel roads divided into 7 areas.
A whole weekend full of great cycling, culture and good food. In addition to the professional races, the next day, Sunday, March 6, in fact, will take place "Gran Fondo Strade Bianche" that retrace largely the streets done the day before.

Bike race in March in Siena

This will be the Strade Bianche, the Tuscan race scheduled for March 6th, which will start from Medici Fortress in Siena and will arrive in Piazza del Campo in Siena. A fascinating journey in this wonderful land, where many traits will be on gravel roads. The last edition of the competition for men was won by Zdenek Stybar, we will see who will touch this time.

The tenth edition of the Strade Bianche is divided along a route of 176 kilometers, of which 52.8 will be on dirt. The elevation profile is wavy, although there are no long climbs. Immediately after the start, we will head towards the Rospatoio Pass, and then descend until Buonconvento, before getting to Montalcino. From now on there will be a continuous up and down with the transits from Torrenieri, Ponte d'Arbia, San Martino in Grania, Monte Given Marie and Castelnuovo Berardenga. The last non-asphalted stretch will be after Pinzuto Colle, in the ascent that will lead to Le Tolfe, when there are a dozen kilometers to the finish. The last meters of the race will not be easy, since the tearing of Via Santa Caterina present inclines to 16%. The start of the elite test will be at 11.00, with arrival expected around 15.30.

To differentiate the two journeys will be the piece of Colle Pinzuto. The peculiarity of the Strade Bianche is that even amateur cyclists will take part in the race. For those wishing to participate in the inscriptions on the official website gfstradebianche.it were opened. The price is 50 € until February 28 and 65 € until the day of the race.

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