The Forgotten 120-Year History of the Strade Bianche Race

Italy’s beloved classic has more of a track record than many fans were aware of This week’s history lesson is about the big event coming up on Saturday. The race across the White Roads. Cycling’s mythic Strade Bianche . It’s weird, the internet doesn’t have a lot of details about the race’s history before 2007, but a lot of the race can be explained by its more distant past. Cycling history is rich with colorful stories and characters, and for some reason people seem to have forgotten the ones behind this venerable mini-monument. So I have spent some time digging through the race archives in Florence. It took most of the last three summer vacations, but from this I was able to compile a more detailed history of the race prior to its current incarnation, which dates back just over a decade. Here is a short timeline of events that ...

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