GFNY Italia offers everything of a true Italian granfondo with the added thrill of the "strade bianche" sectors.
The “percorso unico” of 101 km with 1889m of climbing over numerous hills 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.
The first sector of white roads comes after 21km of undulating riding. With its 7.5km length and a net downhill of 138m, it's reasonably fast. You will barely notice the gradual descent, use this sector to get your rhythm.
You will reach the second sector after 68km, which is also part of L'Eroica, a vintage bike tour. However, unlike the bike tourers, you will be racing this 10.3km. This sector is almost connected with the third sector, just 1.5km of road until you enter Sector Three. This sector is undulating and climb at the end is 1km long with an average 5% incline.
The third and final white roads sector is the same as the first, but in reverse. You won't recognize it going in the other direction, and now uphill. Once completed, you'll descend back to Torrita di Siena before you hit the grand finale: the steep and challenging climb back up to Montepulciano and the finish on Piazza Grande.