Strade Bianche: The New Instant Classic
All words and images by Jered Gruber.
For the longest time, my answer to the age old question of - what's your favorite race to shoot - was always either Tro-Bro Leon or E3 Harelbeke. I realized on Saturday that my opinion had changed, and this is my favorite race.It's like some people sat down for a brainstorming session and said: ok, we want to make the best, most fantastic-est race ever, what do we need? Ok, we need some dirt, we need some wide open vistas, we need hills, we need lots of hills, we need the best finishing kilometer ever. They looked around a bit and realized that the answer lay in Tuscany, on much of the route of l'Eroica.Way down south near Montalcino, there's a section of dirt road that goes to the village of Lucignano d'Asso. It's there, that the Strade Bianche ignites each year. The winds howl across the wide open fields, and the 10+ kilometer section pitches and rolls and turns across endless perfection.
The dirt sectors get all the talk at this race, but there's one hill in particular, which should get a lot more attention. I call it Cypress Hill. It's immediately after Sector 9, Montaperti. It's a steep, maybe 1k hill, with a beautiful row of cypress tress at the top.To read Jered's full post and see more fantastic photography from this monumental day, head to his post here.