Women’s racing will feature heavily in the Strade Bianche this weekend, Italy’s answer to Paris-Roubaix and Flanders which runs over the fabled salt-clay roads of Tuscany.
The race, established in 2007 features a women’s elite race held on the same day as the men’s race, Saturday March 5. The women’s race is being billed as the season opener of the UCI Women’s World Tour and runs over a 121km course, with seven sectors and 22.4km of dirt roads. Women’s teams will race over the 9.5km San Martino in Grania sector and many of the same dirt sectors as the men’s race, also finishing with the Siena cobbles.
The men’s race starts and finishes in Siena with the men’s race taking a lumpy 176km route with nine ‘white road’ sectors totalling 52.8km. Riders also face a final cobbled climb to the centre of Siena.
On the Sunday amateur enthusiasts will be given the chance to pound the white roads on the gran fondo. They can choose between a 127km or 87km route over similar roads.
As well as sponsoring the race itself, Kask is the helmet supplier for a number of pro teams, including Team Sky and the women’s Cervelo Bigla team.
“We live and breathe this passion for the Strade Bianche.” said Ylenia Battistello, Brand Manager of the Cycling and Urban division at KASK. “It’s so important for us to embrace both the professional races, including the women’s event, and the enthusiasts who come from nearby and from far afield to be part of the atmosphere.”
For full route details and more, visit www.gfstradebianche.it.