Taking place over a gruelling 144km
on Sunday August 11th
, the Gran Fondo
is the most difficult challenge available at the Noosa Strade Bianche
. The Gran Fondo
is run in memory of our great friend, Mark Dolan.
Roll out for the Gran Fondo takes place at 7.00am, depart is from the Noosa Marina.
The Gran Fondo course extends further north than the Medio and enjoys stunning hinterland scenery & the picturesque towns of Cooran, Traveston, Kin Kin & Pomona.
The Gran Fondo includes several additional sectors of ‘strade bianche’; the ‘white’ or gravel roads with the punishing Shadbolt Road climb and exhilarating descents off the ‘Gap’ and ‘Gentle Annie’.
For 2019 we are returning to Noosa Marina via Lake MacDonald and Ringtail Road, to bypass a traffic ‘black spot’ in Cooroy.
Several refreshment stops will provide water, bananas and other free delicacies. Expect other delicious treats at the other refuelling stops on the northern loop! Don’t forget to stamp your Brevet Card.
In Kin Kin, the Black Ant Cafe and Kin Kin Hotel can also be tempting for weary riders.
Approximately 2200m of vertical climb.
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The Noosa Strade Bianche is a not for profit event and a worthy cause is supported each year.
Online registrations close 10pm thursday 8 august 2019, but you may enter on the day for additional cost.
Arrive early to allow for registration and sign-on. Roll-out ; 7.00am for gran fondo & 7.30am for the medio fondo; 8.00am nouvo fondo. Your entry fee includes refreshments at our famous on-course aid stations and at finish line, broom wagon support and on-course ambos. Sunday finishers receive a specially minted commemorative medallion & sash.
We strongly suggest that you carry Cycling Australia ride plus membership or equivalent insurance, or a ca. 7 day race licence (required for criterium). The onus is on you; see terms & conditions of entry.
> RIDE PLUS MONTHLY
> RIDE PLUS ANNUAL
> 7 DAY RACE LICENCE
This event is not for beginners.
The route will be marked at relevant intersections and there will be a ‘broom wagon’, however participants will be responsible for their own navigation, nutrition, mechanicals and safety. GPS devices are permitted, but riders should also seriously consider having a copy of the maps for this region as a backup. Participants must carry their own food/water, although there are several Brevit points that will serve you free refreshments as part of your entry fee. We pass through several towns where food and drinks can be purchased & toilet stops can be made.
Carry whatever you’ll need to survive! Be prepared to cope with broken spokes, flats, broken chains, etc.
The following are suggested:
- Extra half links.
- At least 2 tubes and a perhaps patch kit.
- A decent hand pump (and possibly CO2 also, but never rely on it solely).
- A multi-tool that does everything.
- Extra Derailleur hanger?
- The capacity to carry fluids and food, although it will be possible to re-provision en-route.
- Front & rear lighting for the possibility of late return.
- Form partnerships & be prepared to help out your fellow riders!