Skip to content Skip to navigation

GeoGravel Tuscany: a journey to discover the 'Strade Grigie'


After a life spent winning everything on asphalt, in recent years Paolo Bettini has discovered the joy of pedalling on gravel, especially on the many kilometres of "Strade Grigie" that run through his land, the Val di Cecina. From this passion has stemmed the idea of the first "GeoGravel Tuscany", a great event for gravel lovers that will take place over two days, on 1 and 2 June in Pomarance (PI).

As many as four routes to choose from will range  from the 45-km Short Track and the 90-km Medium Track to the 120-km Long Track, up to the 250-km course of the Ultra - a real challenge for the most daring riders. It will not be a race, but an opportunity to share the pleasure of cycling together in a unique territory with other people, discovering the wonders of the warm heart of Tuscany. There will therefore be no rankings and the start will be 'French style', to embrace the gravel spirit as much as possible, which is based on sharing the emotions of a journey, much more than on performance.


Paolo Bettini, aka ‘il Grillo’, came up with the idea for this event during the pandemic, as he says: "During the lockdown, when circulation was limited, I dedicated myself to exploring my surroundings, discovering a whole world of roads and trails running through the woods, and realised that I had a real playground for gravel riders at my fingertips. Travelling the length and breadth of the Geothermal hills, between Chianti and the Costa Etrusca, I collected over 650 km of tracks. From there it emerged the idea to create something that could promote this wonderful territory, its iron stones, its 'Strade Grigie’”

An event that will not just be limited to cycling, but will unfold as a true festival: two days in which there will also be the opportunity to enjoy good music and the excellence of Tuscan food and wine, all under the 'Geo banner’, as Paolo Bettini emphasises: "Geo because the earth is the focus of everything in this undiscovered territory. The centre of the GeoGravel will be the GeoVillage of Pomarance, with the course start and finish, and on Saturday evening we will organise a big party for all the entrants. We have chosen to include the "Ultra" route for those who wish to enjoy the essence of gravel by exploring the entire area: first heading towards Siena, then towards the sea and back. By starting on Saturday afternoon, they will have the opportunity to return to Pomarance for the Saturday party and then leave again to tackle the final part of the route. Sunday, on the other hand, will be the day when everyone, even those who are not too well-trained, will be able to cycle the Strade Grigie, starting in a two-hour slot, from 7am to 9am, depending on the different routes and needs. It is important to reiterate that there are no competitive sectors: the aim of the GeoGravel is just the wish to ride together, meet new friends and ride new roads and then - why not - celebrate all together after the finish."
You can compare a maximum of 5 items at once. Please Remove at least one product before adding a new one.