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 135 km loop encompassing quiet country roads, stunning vistas and characterful country towns.
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 3 routes!
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.