Celebrate the golden age of cycling in Noosa
Noosa’s ‘Strade Bianche’, named after the famous Italian road bicycle race of the same name in Tuscany, celebrates the ‘golden age’ of cycling.
Noosa’s ‘Strade Bianche’, named after the famous Italian road bicycle race of the same name in Tuscany, celebrates the ‘golden age’ of cycling. Literally meaning ‘white roads’ after the Italian region’s historic white gravel roads, this Australian vintage cycling festival winds through Noosa’s hinterland villages.
Noosa Strade Bianche, which started here in 2011 with just 18 riders, encourages the renaissance of the artisan-built steel frame taking place across the world. It is strictly for steel framed cycles with downtube shifters (or bar-end shifters).
There are three routes on offer, traversing the beautiful Noosa hinterland. The Noosa Strade Bianche – Grand Fondo is a 135 km loop encompassing quiet country roads, stunning vistas and characterful country towns with several imposing climbs and challenging descents. A shorter 82km ‘Media Fondo’ was introduced in 2013; or you can choose the ‘Piccolo Fondo’ just 33 kilmotres, which takes place on the Saturday morning before a Bicycle Show and Swap-meet at the Noosa Marina in Tewantin.
All rides require a good level of bike fitness. They are self-supported rides, so you must carry your own spare parts, tubes etc. If you prefer to spectate, take the Noosa Ferry, from the jetty just behind Hotel Laguna, to Tewantin, or drive to a vantage point at one of the picturesque towns of Cooroy, Cooran and Kin Kin, and enjoy an assortment of cafes & bakeries, and country pubs along the way.