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Jasper Stuyven (BEL/Trek-Segafredo) chasing back to the front after a flat 11th Strade Bianche 2017
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Jasper Stuyven (BEL/Trek-Segafredo) chasing back to the front after a flat

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Strade Bianche

The Famed White Roads of Tuscany

These white, dusted roads are home to one of pro racing's biggest dates, with steep climbs and full blown attacks at every bend. The Strade Bianche of Italy are truly something special. In addition to live race action, the region's rolling vistas and fine wines make this a must-see destination. Try your hand at the challenging “Terre di Siena” Gran Fondo with full support from our world-class guides. Then on race day, watch the dust-covered pro riders finish their 200km campaign from the comfort of the Trek Travel exclusive viewing area under Siena’s tall spires. We are now taking reservations for the 2019 Strade Bianche. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 or fill out the form below to reserve your spot. Reserve your spot in 2019

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5 Days & 4 Nights
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Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
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Trip Wows
Make friends with the Trek-Segafredo racing team as a VIP during an exclusive evening aperitivo with the team
Challenge yourself on the Strade Bianche course with support of your Trek Travel guides
Enjoy a live race viewing and feel the excitement near the finish of the Strade Bianche
Experience the famed L'Eroica course and ride along incredible views in Italy
Experience the serenity of the Tuscan countryside and savor the flavors of Chianti Classico and local wines
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This was the best vacation ever, we still talk about it all the time. Getting to see the race and racers up close and getting to ride their routes besides, was something I never thought possible. And having everything taken care of - all we had to do was show up. That was incredible.
-Laurie

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel Albani in Florence at 11:00 AM. A one hour shuttle 
will bring you to Hotel Athena in the beautiful town of Siena, your home for the next four nights. After a light lunch your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips before familiarizing you with your Trek Domane to ensure a comfortable fit. Then it's time to take to the open road and warm up your legs as you spin through rolling woodlands and enjoy your first expansive Tuscan vistas. Tonight we'll enjoy a social hour and dinner overlooking the picturesque valleys below.
Today's Ride:

Siena Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 3,545 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Athena

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

"Strade bianche" is Italian for "white roads," and today we'll test our wheels on these famed routes for the first time. The name comes from the color of the dry limestone gravel that lifts into a fine white dust under Tuscany's summer sun. We will ride on the traditional L’Eroica course, which starts in the town of Gaiole and covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of chianti, winding among historic vineyards leading to the cypress-lined entrance of Castello di Brolio. You'll feel like a pro today as our guides support you in a battle against the same steep climbs that challenge the world's best. Tonight we will join the Trek-Segafredo team for an aperitivo and get a firsthand race report to cap off this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime evening.
Today's Ride:

L'Eroica Gaiole Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

L'Eroica Short Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

L'Eroica Gaiole Avid Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Athena

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today you will spectate racing like a true Italian cycling fan. The 122-mile Strade Bianche race begins in San Gimignano, finishes in Piazza del Campo, and includes 28 miles of white gravel roads along the route. We will start our morning on bikes and get to the first gravel action, where we will wait for the women's race to pass by and then we will continue to see the pros on another gravel section. After the on-course viewing, we continue our ride back towards Siena, where we will enjoy lunch, soak up the race atmosphere and watch the last sections on TV at our exclusive Trek Travel viewing spot. Then it's time to watch the finish unfold in the center of Siena at Piazza del Campo. Tonight, this beautiful town is yours to discover and to enjoy a dinner at your leisure.
Today's Activity:

Live Race Viewing at the finish of the UCI "Le Strade Bianche"

Hotel:

Hotel Athena

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Did all of that live race action give you inspiration to test your own legs? Today is your chance to tackle this Tuscan classic at the Terre di Siena Gran Fondo, a dusty challenge you can choose to ride for time or at your own pace. We will begin in the center of Siena for the start of the Gran Fondo where you will pin on your number for a true Italian cycling adventure. Much of today's terrain is featured in the Strade Bianche itself, which means this course has the gravitas of a pro challenge. The finish line is at Piazza del Campo where a huge crowd welcomes the arrival of all participants. Tonight we will dine together in the hotel restaurant and relive the day over a hearty dinner.
Today's Ride:

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo
Approximately 77 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Strade Bianche Medio Fondo
Approximately 54 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Athena

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

It’s sadly time to bid farewell today. Rise bright and early this morning to make the most of the stunning light and watch a bright new day rise over the Tuscan countryside. Or choose to linger awhile over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. After breakfast the group will shuttle back to Hotel Albani in Florence.
Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Athena

Siena, italy

This 4-star hotel is nestled among the heart of the old town, with the Cathedral and Piazza del Campo only steps away. It has been designed with luxury and rustic sensibility in mind, as each room comes equipped with a range of modern amenities. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside from a rooftop terrace adjacent to the hotel bar.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Albani, Florence, Italy

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Florence (FLR)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel Albani, Florence, Italy

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR). The Florence airport is about 3 miles from the town center. You can take a taxi (~20 euros) directly to the hotel, or a bus which departs hourly.

Rome and Milan also offer flight options. From Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO), you may take a direct train to Rome’s central station, Roma Termini. Follow the “Stazione/Railway Station” signs. Trains depart twice hourly. Tickets can be purchased at a Biglietteria office or from ticket machines. All tickets must be validated before getting on the train: do this by stamping your ticket at the yellow boxes near the platform. The ride takes 30 minutes. From Roma Termini, transfer to a train for Florence. The Eurostar trains depart frequently and are the quickest. The trip takes 1-1/2 hours and costs between 44-62 euros one way per person. In Florence, taxis are available to take you to your hotel. Taxi service is available from Rome Fiumicino Airport to central Rome for ~50 euros.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Albani (via Fiume, 12, 50123, Florence, Italy) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 1 hour shuttle 
will bring you to the Hotel Athena in the beautiful town of Siena, your home for the next four nights. After a light lunch your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips before familiarizing you with your Trek Domane to ensure a comfortable fit. Then it's time to take to the open road and warm up your legs as you spin through rolling woodlands and enjoy your first expansive Tuscan vistas.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call the hotel and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Athena. You’ll depart by private shuttle for Hotel Albani, Florence, arriving close to 11:30 AM. The hotel is a five minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station where trains connect to many European cities. Please do not book seats before 1:00 PM to ensure enough time for arrival. The airport in Florence (FLR) is 3 miles from the city. You can reach it by train, taxi, or shuttle bus; please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.

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What's Included

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Trek Domane SL 7

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d’oeuvres on your first and last night of the trip
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7
  • Three daily route options
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey and socks
  • Trek-Segafredo pro team kit
  • Customized Road ID
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals of your choice
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike to use
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity to use
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey and socks
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Trek-Segafredo pro team kit
  • Customized Road ID
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer to use
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle to use
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Flat pack
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3/4 - Active/Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
57 miles
TOTAL MILES:
172 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
4,680 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
14,045 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is consistently rolling, with quiet, narrow, and winding roads. The Strade Bianche course is on gravel roads with steep climbs. Strade Bianche is best suited for Type 3/4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the race
  • Discover why Tuscan wines and olive oils are so renowned during our private wine-tasting
  • Discover centre of Siena - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy gourmet Tuscan cuisine

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The Italian say that March is “pazzerello“, “somewhat crazy“. It could be a proper winter month with cold, windy and often rainy days or the first month of spring, with warm and sunny days. Average temperatures range between 40-60F. High wind warnings are not unusual. Dress in layers, to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evenings and make sure to bring a wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Florence, Italy

Florence is the majestic heart of Renaissance art and intellect. Several days can be spent wandering the streets in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and strolling beside the Arno. Along with the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, a pillar of the Renaissance and Medici eras, merits a visit. Michelangeo’s David in the Galleria dell’Arte is not to be missed. Keep in mind while exploring Florence that opening hours vary and are quite often inconsistent. Different museums are open on different days and lines can be very long. It’s worthwhile to pay a few extra euros and pre-book your tickets—this will enable you to bypass long lines of visitors at the entrances. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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