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 modified course from 2018, a 142 km loop encompassing quiet country roads, stunning vistas and characterful country towns.
For 2019 we are reversing ‘Passo Jampot’ & descending to Pomona. Return to Noosa Marina is via Lake MacDonald and Ringtail Road, to bypass a traffic ‘black spot’ in Cooroy.
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. The route has also been modified for 2019, to return with the Gran Fondo.
Several refreshment stops will provide water, bananas and other free delicacies. Expect other delicious treats at the other refuelling stops on the northern loop! Don’t forget to stamp your Brevet Card.
For 2019, it is also proposed to incorporate a shorter Nuovo Piccolo for Sunday, as both other events are very challenging. This will enable more riders to experience parts of the Sunday courses.
In 2014, the 33km Piccolo Fondo returned, taking place on the Saturday morning before the Bicycle Show and Swap-meet at Noosa Marina. The Piccolo will remain unchanged for 2019.
The Vintage Bicycle Show & Shine follows shortly after the Piccolo Fondo….. including a Swap Meet for those wanting to whittle down their collection! Book a stall online at the Registration site.
Another innovation for 2019 will be a Steelers Criterium at the Noosa Crit course, a challenging 915m sealed off-road course. Under lights on Friday evening 9 August 2019!
Saturday evening 11 August join us for a NSB exclusive dinner special.
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 seventh birthday and has grown from humble beginnings in 2011 to perhaps the premier vintage cycling event in Australia. The first ride took place in 2010 with a few mates sharing an adventure on their steelies. Just before Christmas in 2011, with just 2 weeks notice, 18 riders took part in the inaugural ‘Noosa L’Eroica’ proper, and a great little bike show was also held in the park alongside the Noosa River. A name change followed after a cease & desist from L’eroica in Italy! We became Noosa Strade Bianche.
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.