ABOUT MONTEPULCIANO: Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany, not far from Florence, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. The surrounding countryside covered by vineyards producing the famous Vino Nobile.
ABOUT TORRITA DI SIENA (OFFICIAL START)
The characteristic village of Torrita is located in the Valdichiana and its origins date back centuries. Its appearance alludes to its history as a fortified town, built to serve as a stronghold for the Republic of Siena. The battles fought here are depicted in a fresco by Lippo Vanni in the Sala del Mappamondo in Siena’s town hall. The artwork portrays a battle with the castle in Torrita in the background.
THE COURSE: GFNY Italia offers everything of a true Italian cycling spring classic. The “percorso unico” of 110km with 2000m of climbing over numerous hills also features three gravel road sections totaling 25km. These roads are called “strade bianche” (white roads) and refer to the network of unpaved back roads that run among the vineyards and olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. The name comes from the color of the dry earth and the limestone gravel and small stones of these roads during the Tuscan summer. The finish of the race will be up a steep climb back to the town market square where the race started.
YOUR BIKE: the strade bianche gravel roads DO NOT require a special bike. In fact, your standard road bike will be the best bike for GFNY Italia. A gravel bike will only hold you back on the paved road. Use 25-28mm tires. While you can use deep section wheels, anything 35mm or lower are preferable for most. We personally use traditional “box rim wheels”.
THE JERSEY: all riders receive the official GFNY Italia race jersey which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.
FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Italia finisher receives a medal. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2019 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals.html for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.
THE CAMP: You will have the unique opportunity to prepare for the race during our six-day camp held from March 24-30. Guided rides will range from an easy 40k warmup to acclimatize and shed the jetlag (if any) to 80k of exploring the course over the main hills. On most days you will have plenty of time to also explore all the sights off the bike. Read more information about the camp here: http://gfnyitalia.com/en/camp/
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