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Italy

Tuscany Escape (Strade Bianche)

1st - 4th März 2018

Tuscany luxury, strade bianche and pro racing.

Only 10 years old, the Strade Bianche has established itself as one of the most exciting World Tour races on the calendar, thanks to its , stunning scenery, challenging parcours and the gravel ‘white roads’ for which Tuscany is famous. Join us for an unforgettable weekend in superb accommodation in the historic city of Siena: ride the white roads in the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche, watch the spectacle of the pro race and feast on the best Italian food and wine.

Single occupancy — € 1.500 per person
Double occupancy — € 1.250 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Flights to Pisa 45 KM 700 M
Day 1 Chianti Classico 93 KM 1650 M
Day 2 Tuscan Roads, Pro Race watching 65 KM 1100 M
Day 3 (Departure Day) Gran Fondo Strade Bianche 123 KM 1750 M

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Arrival Day

Flights to Pisa

Fly into the well connected airport at Pisa and transfer to Siena to meet the Rapha Travel team. The afternoon will see a ride from Siena

Distance

45 KM

Climbing

700 M

Accommodation

Palazzo Ravizza

Day 1

Chianti Classico

We'll ride north of Siena today taking in the best roads of the Chianti Classico region. We'll enjoy a Tuscan cuisine for lunch on the road before eating in Siena for dinner.

Distance

93 KM

Climbing

1650 M

Accommodation

Palazzo Ravizza

Day 2

Tuscan Roads, Pro Race watching

Today is the turn of the professionals - we'll head out on to the course and return to the Piazza del Campo in time for the finale. Revel in the atmosphere in Siena's most famous square, home to the Palio.

Distance

65 KM

Climbing

1100 M

Accommodation

Palazzo Ravizza

Day 3 (Departure Day)

Gran Fondo Strade Bianche

The day starts early in Siena with the Gran Fondo of 124km and 1,350m elevation. A Medio Fondo route of 87km and 950m elevation is also available. Ride the same roads that the of the Professional Women and experience the magic of the white roads.Take an evening flight from Pisa, full of memories from an incredible Tuscan weekend.

Distance

123 KM

Climbing

1750 M

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)