Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Strade Bianche di Essex

Event Status:



Tim Swinburn

Start Date:


March 7, 2020

Ride Start:

Hub Velo, 217 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 8EG

Start Time:


This event has been completed.

Meeting at Hub Velo, 217 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 8EG.

Those of you that have ridden this before will recognise most of the route, but this year we are running it in reverse. The majority of the off road sections fall in the first half, although there are sections throughout. We have recced the route and all the sectors are clear.

However they are very muddy indeed. Also due to the high winds there are a good amount of fallen branches but nothing serious.

We would recommend a gravel, CX or mountain bike for this challenge. A road bike with good clearance might be ok but due to the recent weather a full aero racing machine might be a struggle.

This is a non lead event with no route markings or marshalls.

Please make sure you have downloaded the route, there are lots of turns… It’s everyone for themselves, however we would recommend riding with others in case of any issues, also it’s good to share the days experiences and of course you’ll need help getting through the more challenging sections!

There is an excellent cafe at the halfway point in Blackmore, plus a small shop for essentials. You are all welcome back at Hub Velo to watch the pros battle it out at the finish of the Stade Bianche in Siena.


Day One

This is a ONE DAY Event

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Day Two

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Day Three

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Additional Useful Event Information: Each event is different, so this is a general 'heads-up'.


Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
Rear mech hanger (this tends to be unique to your bike, and can easily be damaged by a rock); chain link (hard to fix a broken chain without it); inner tubes; pump; if running tubeless tyre patch/stans fluid/CO2 inflator & cartridges.
Nice to have spare bits:
Extra set of brake pads, spare gear cable; oil lube; cycle energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you.

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.