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Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo

The Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo is an iconic vintage cycling event set in the beautiful hinterland, taking cyclists through some of the most famous scenic roads in the country.

Inspired by the L’Eroica of Italy, the event is known for its challenging climbs and descents and the strade bianche, which means unsealed gravel roads – for a genuinely fulfilling feat.

Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo, 2022 Dates, Entry Prices, Tewantin QLD

The two-day event every August celebrates steel-framed bicycles without any carbon fibre. There are no age restrictions of its frame, encouraging the art of artisan-made steel bicycles to be reawakened worldwide. So for those who have a vintage steel-framed bike, you may want to use this opportunity to take it on a ride on picturesque yet challenging trails in the country.

The event has its origins in 2010, where the first rides involved just a few people who were having fun on their steelies. Today, it has grown to be the premier vintage cycling festival in Australia.

The Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo starts at the Noosa Marina, which is a beautiful jump-off point from where cyclists take on one of two loops; either the Piccolo Fondo, which is shorter at around 33km or the Gran Fondo, which is about 115km. The Piccolo Fondo is a great way to introduce the strade bianche, though it also includes vertical climbs. It’s designed for beginners, so there are no drop policies. Meanwhile, the Gran Fondo is the hardest of all challenges available, though short cut options are provided.

Throughout the event, there will be several stops for refreshment and bananas, water, and other delicacies served for free. Refuelling stops will be full of delicious treats. Routes vary per year but do check the website for more details.

The Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo is a unique cycling event that you shouldn’t miss!

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