The fabled white roads, or Strade Bianche, of Tuscany are on many a rider's bucket list. Home to the Eroica and the professional race that shares their name, they're a beautiful and challenging place to ride.
Now there's a Gran Fondo too, taking place on Saturday 6 March – the day after the pro race – and using the same finish in Piazza del Campo in the stunning city of Siena. And if that sounds like exactly the kind of thing you'd like, have we got a great competition for you!
We've teamed up with Tuscan tour-organisers extraordinaire La Corsa to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to head out to Italy and experience the Gran Fondo and the race. It's not just a race entry and off you go, mind, this is the full works. It includes:
You even get a set of personalised La Corsa kit to wear!
The only thing you'll need to do is get yourself out there, and pay for the odd glass of wine. Sounds good, right? It's a package worth £500.
Here's the itinerary:
Friday 4 March: Arrival. LA CORSA pick you up from your airport and take you to your Hotel where your bike will be ready upon arrival for a short spin and brief of the weekend and Gran Fondo.
Saturday 5 March: Grand Fondo. Ride the Gran Fondo with full support and back up, finishing in the stunning Piazza del Campo.
Sunday 6 March: Pro Race. The chance for you to kick back and experience the pros make light work of the challenging course.
Monday 7 March: Departure. LA CORSA transfer you to Florence/Pisa airport.
Fancy being a part of that, for free? Super! Just lob your name and email address in the entry form below and we'll stick your name in the hat. It's as simple as that! Good Luck!
Terms and conditions: The competition will run until midnight on Friday 19 February 2016. Employees of Farrelly Atkinson, La Corsa, and their families and agents are excluded from entering. Only one entry per person. Multiple entries and automated entries will be identified and deleted at the sole discretion of Farrelly Atkinson. The winner will be drawn at random from all the genuine entries and notified using the email address supplied on entry. Farrelly Atkinson is not responsible for non-receipt of a winner's email. Should a winner not respond within three days of the sending of the winner's notification, another may be randomly selected at the sole discretion of Farrelly Atkinson. The name of the winner will be posted on road.cc following the draw. The prize is a Strade Bianche break as described; no cash alternative will be offered. As winner you are responsible for organising your travel to and from the airport nearest the event. It is a condition of entry that you agree to join the La Corsa and road.cc mailing lists. The judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. By entering the competition you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.