The Noosa Strade Bianche pays homage to the ‘golden age’ of cycling.

In the vein of the famed L’EROICA in Italy, Noosa Strade Bianche is strictly for steel framed cycles with downtube shifters (or bar-end shifters). As a celebration of the steel framed cycle, there is no restriction on age of the frame set.

NSB encourages the renaissance of the artisan-built steel frame taking place across the world.

Traversing the beautiful Noosa hinterland, the Noosa Strade Bianche – Grand Fondo is a 137 km loop encompassing quiet country roads, stunning vistas and characterful country towns.

New for 2016 was the ultimate: The Imperial 160km. One for the bucket list!

In keeping with the original L’Eroica, there are several imposing climbs & challenging descents, and of course many sectors of ‘strade bianche’; the ‘white’ or unsealed gravel roads. En-route, there are an assortment of cafes & bakeries, even a country pub or two, for those so inclined.

Introduced for 2013 was a shorter route, the 82km Media Fondo.

In 2014, the 33km Piccolo Fondo returned, taking place on the Saturday morning before the Bicycle Show and Swap-meet at Noosa Marina.

The Vintage Bicycle Show & Shine follows shortly after the Piccolo Fondo….. including a Swap Meet for those wanting to whittle down their collection!

Saturday Evening 6.00-9.00pm, Noosa Marina  hosts the Meet and Greet Event.
Mingle with your fellow riders together with finger food, drinks & guest speakers. Details coming.

In 2017, Frame builder Paul Ketelaar  unveiled his purpose-built NSB bicycle, and talked about his work.

The Russian’, Nikolai Razouvaev, spoke of some of his experiences in the 70’s and 80’s Soviet cycling program and winning races around the world as part of the red squad.
You may have seen Nikolai’s pieces in editions of RIDE Cycling Review.

Olympic gold and silver medallist, Kathy Watt spoke of her experiences at the Barcelona Olympics

The Sunday Events feature several manned re-fuelling stations out on the road that are included in your entry fee.

Of course, all rides feature the local version of ‘strade bianche’ and require a good level of bike fitness. They are self-supported rides, so you must carry your own spare parts, tubes etc.

We also pass though the picturesque hinterland towns of Cooroy, Cooran and Kin Kin, giving opportunities for toilet stops, coffee stops, even devonshire teas & counter lunches.

Take the time to enjoy the fabulous country vistas all along our 4 routes!

History

The Noosa Strade Bianche has now just had its sixth birthday and has grown from humble beginnings in 2011 to perhaps the premier vintage cycling event in Australia. Just before Christmas in 2011, with just 2 weeks notice, 18 riders took part in the inaugural ‘Noosa L’Eroica’ and a great little bike show was also held in the park alongside the Noosa River.

In August, Noosa is blessed with great weather, and there are some fantastic roads and scenery just a short ride out of town As the event has grown, we have been able to support a couple of worthy charities, including Destiny Rescue in 2014, and Sunshine Butterflies in 2015. In 2016, NSB supported Meals on Wheels, Cerebral Palsy League & Brighter Future 4 Kids.

This event would not be a shadow of what we have today without the support of Noosa Marina, which is just about the perfect venue for our show and shine, as well as the ideal jump-off point for the rides.

The Rides

The Mark Dolan Imperial Century – 162KM

Mark Dolan Imperial Century Sunday, August 12th 2018.  Roll out; 6.00am, Noosa Marina. The Imperial Century 160 is an extended version of the Gran Fondo – Sunday’s main event of the Noosa Strade Bianche. This is an additional loop off the new Gran Fondo... read more

Gran Fondo – 137KM

Gran Fondo Sunday, August 12th 2018.  Roll out; 7.00am, Noosa Marina. The Gran Fondo course, together with the Imperial extends further north than the Medio and enjoys more stunning hinterland scenery. The Gran Fondo includes several additional sectors of  ‘strade... read more

Medio Fondo – 82KM

Medio Fondo Sunday, August 12th 2018.  Roll out; 8.00am, Noosa Marina. The Medio Fondo runs in conjunction with the longer rides, and all share the same route as far as just before Cooran but still plenty of strade bianche for the discerning gravel rider. The Medio... read more

Piccolo Fondo – 33KM

Piccolo Fondo Saturday, August 11th 2018.   Roll out; 7.00am, Noosa Marina Saturday morning kicks the weekend off with the 33km Piccolo Fondo – perfect for those wanting an introduction to the ‘strade bianche’, or gravel roads. This shorter event still has a... read more