The Noosa Strade Bianche pays homage to the ‘golden age’ of cycling – again!
The Noosa Strade Bianche is an annual retro bike ride for steel framed pre ’86 bicycles. The ride winds through the rustic hinterland roads of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
In the spirit of the original ‘Strade Bianche’ in Tuscany, this bike ride emulates many of the elements of the course in Italy with an Australian twist. As with the original L’Eroica, there are a number of challenging climbs and descents and sectors of ‘strade bianche’ white (unsealed) roads to make life interesting. There are an assortment of cafes & bakeries, and even a country pub or two along the way.
The Noosa Strade Bianche began in 2011 from humble beginnings to the premier vintage cycling event in Australia that it is today. 18 riders took part in the inaugural ‘Noosa L’Eroica’ and the bike show which was held alongside the Noosa River.
The event is supported by the Noosa Marina, which hosts the start and finish line and is the perfect location for the show and shine which follows the event.
Trev goes To Noosa for the Bike-Porn …
I go to shop!
Our Noosa Pilgrimage
For us, Noosa has become an annual ritual. In August each year we travel from Darwin in the Northern Territory to participate in this event.
With at least one bike box as additional checked luggage flying into Brisbane. We know we’ll be checking in ‘over-weight’ on the way home!
He’s not alone. Many of the guys and girls who ride have similar collections. I did hear a rumour that a few of these fanatics have in excess of 100 retro road bikes in their collecctions! Every year they travel to Noosa to participate in the Noosa Strade Bianche proudly showing off their favourite bikes, rebuilt with love.
The Noosa Strade Bianche
It’s often the one time these retro enthusiasts get together each year.
The weekend starts with a social ‘get together’ pre-registration on Friday night. Friendships are renewed with riders, like us who travel across Australia, New Zealand and other countries especially for this event.
Saturday morning commences with the Piccolo Fondo.
Classified a ‘warm-up’ before the Sunday Grand Fondo, a short ride of 33 kilometres starting at ‘unreasonable o’clock‘ to kick-start the cycling weekend!
Lots of ‘wheeling and dealing’ takes place!
Following the ride is the ‘show & shine’ swap meet on the deck of the Noosa Marina featuring over 200 well restored classic bikes.
This is an event for serious ‘bike envy’ with grown men and women salivating over these shiney polished up cycling treasures lining the marina decks.For serious 'bike envy' come along to the Noosa Strade Bianche #noosastradebianche Click To Tweet
Sunday morning starts early with riders heading off in the Grand Fondo.
A 134 kilometre ride through picturesque country roads with stunning views of the beautiful Noosa hinterland. Predominantly a social event, the route passes through designated checkpoints with plenty of opportunities to stop for coffee, snacks and drinks at hotels, cafes along the way.
Join us for more on the 2018 Noosa Strade Bianche.
It’s the social event of the season for ‘retro’ bike lovers and a fun weekend for all. For more information – Check out the official Noosa Strade Bianche website.
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