28 Feb - 06 Mar 2017 (Closed - ask us about the next departure date)
- GF Strade Bianche (€100.00)
This is the perfect tour for couples or friends where only one of you is interested in riding. We have created a tour for food and wine lovers that incorporates a stunning cycling itinerary which includes seeing the Pros race of the Strade Bianche, and then participation in the Granfondo Strade Bianche the following day. As well as the excitement of the race, and cheering you on, there is an equally exciting range of activities for the non-riding guest. There are many joint activities planned as well. In the evening we’ve arranged short lessons about wine tasting, oil tasting, food and wine pairing or cooking classes. We’ll stay the entire time in a wonderful Agriturismo (farm/villa stay), allowing us to fully explore the surrounding region, including the Crete Senesi, Chianti Valley, the Orcia Valley and the town of Siena.
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- Dinners (except 1)
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
- Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, bib knicks and socks) per guest
- 1 day pack per guest
- Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet.
Day One - Check in at Agriturismo and Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 20km / 12mi
Total Ascent: 300m / 1,000ft
For Riders: This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into moving again. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane or travelled there by car, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out any tiredness.
For Non-Riders: Walk to the medieval tower of Leccetto and the abandoned church of Sant’Alberto.
Day Two - Loop to Arbia Valley
Main Route: 70km / 43mi
Total Ascent: 1300m / 4200ft
For Riders: Our route takes us on a loop where we’ll visit the enchanting towns of Asciano, Monteroni and Buonconvento.
For Non-Riders: Visit to Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey and hiking, with afternoon visit and relaxation at the Rapolano Spa.
Day Three - Loop to Chiana Valley
Main Route: 65km / 40mi
Total Ascent: 1250m / 4100ft
Riders: Today we’ll take in the beautiful Chiana valley. Loads of picture postcard scenery along the way.
Non-Riders: Visit to the Italian Fashion Outlet at Valdichiana. Take your credit card!
Wine tasting at lunch and cooking class in the evening!
Day Four - Loop to Montalcino
Main Route: 75km / 45mi
Total Ascent: 1450m / 4700ft
Riders: What a spectacular day awaits! We ride to the amazing hill-top town of Montalcino, known principally for its Brunello wine. Which we’ll sample at lunch!
Non-Riders: Visit to Montalcino. You could lose yourself for hours in this medieval town complete with castle.
Evening wine tasting appreciation class with sommelier!
Day Five - Loop to San Gimignano
We do a loop ride out to amazing San Gimignano and the beautiful city of Siena to watch the start of the Pro race, and meet the teams. We get to watch the race live on the strade bianche, as well as the finish in Siena.
Non-Riders: Visit to San Gimignano and learn the extraordinary story of its towers, as well as visit to Siena.
Day Six - Granfondo Strade Bianche
Main Route: GF 141km / 87.6mi; Mediofondo 110km / 68mi
Total Ascent: GF 2,261m / 7,400ft; Mediofondo 1,754m / 5,750ft
The GF Strade Bianchi leads you on the most charming of routes through Tuscany. Starting from the city of Siena, you will cycle to Montalcino, experiencing a few gravel roads on the way. From historical Montalcino you ascend to the ski area of Val d'Arbia, better known as Rapolano, before continuing on your way back to Siena. The finish is in the Piazza del Campo where a huge crowd welcomes the arrival of all participants. There will be an "Open Tuscany" area where bicycle companies show their wares. A great day out!
Non-Riders: Cheer your friends and partners on, and explore the city of Siena.
Day Seven - Arrivederci!
Recommended Arrival Airport: Florence
Recommended Departure Airport: Florence
(Airport transfers not included)