Close your eyes and think yourself in Tuscany and then open them at ride end.
Strade Bianche de Gutingi
The German city of Göttingen has several white roads, except in the winter when they are grey.
The ´Gö Gravel Strade Bianche Homage´ follows a route (42, 55 and 66km) we at VeloKlubhaus.com ride to celebrate the men and women´s Strade Bianche cycle ´road’ races held on the white roads of Tuscany from Siena to Siena.
The Strade Bianche is a race that has grown to cult status in a very short period and is seen by many as a modern ‘Monument’ of cycling. Also held on the same route is a Fondo (sportif), the Eroica featuring classic bikes. It is this Eroica which spurred the creation of the race in 2007.
The route of the Strade Bianche features white gravel roads intermingled with tarmac and many climbs. The Strade Bianche is dusty when dry and makes ‘mud people’ out of riders when wet (Giro 2010).
We have excluded what we think is the roughest gravel in the area; reflecting the Strade Bianche all sections should be rideable on a road bike (be much more careful than if you ride on a CX, gravel or MTB). We suggest fitting as wide a tyre as possible on your road bike. It will be wise to pack spare tubes in case of punctures.
If wet and muddy the lack of clearance on a road bike may mean a few stops to clean off any possible mud build up.
A cyclo cross or gravel bike is ideal whilst a MTB will be cool on the rougher stuff, but it may slow you down on the tarmac.
Want to ride it?
This is an informal ride and a suggested route only. If you would like to ride it with us do make contact. Or of course you may ride it at your own time and if you do, it would be great to hear from you – https://veloklubhaus.com/contact/.