Taking place over a gruelling 115km
on Sunday August 8th
, the Gran Fondo
is the most difficult challenge available at the Noosa Strade Bianche
. We offer signed short cut options on the route (86km). The Gran Fondo
is run in memory of our great friend, Mark Dolan.
Roll out for the Gran Fondo takes place at 7.00am, in 2 minute waves, depart is from the Noosa Marina.
The Gran Fondo course enjoys stunning hinterland scenery and picturesque towns.
The Gran Fondo includes several additional sectors of ‘strade bianche’; the ‘white’ or gravel roads.
Several refreshment stops will provide water, bananas and other free delicacies. Expect other delicious treats at the other refuelling stops! Don’t forget to stamp your Brevet Card.
The 2021 course features approximately 1,600m of elevation.
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REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
The Noosa Strade Bianche is a not for profit event and a worthy cause is supported each year.
Online registrations close 10pm thursday 5 august 2021, but you may enter on the day for additional cost.
Arrive early to allow for registration and sign-on. Roll-out. 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 Aus Cycling ride plus membership or equivalent insurance. The onus is on you; see terms & conditions of entry.
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!