15 – 19 March
Via Francigena Women: four days, 400km and 7150m
The third of our Open Tours coming year is on the Francigena route, just as the Francigena tour described before. However this is a women-exclusive edition, led by former pro cyclist Giorgia Fraiegari. Like the classic Via Francigena, this journey weaves through the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany and Lazio, offering a unique blend of nature, history, and empowerment.
We designed this women-only edition in order to give like-minded women cyclists the opportunity to ride with one another guided by an all-female staff. This allows you to ride without finding yourself in a masculine environment, since most bike tours are for at least 90% filled with men. A one to ten ratio, no matter the form or context, is likely to put you slightly off. But if for you that’s totally fine or even a pleasure, not to worry, we don’t have men-only tours on offer.
Let’s look back at the route; starting in Florence, the ride unfolds through rolling slopes adorned with vines and olive groves, transitioning into the famed Tuscan Strade Bianche, renowned also for the classic spring race at which your guide participated. Guided by Giorgia’s expertise will not only lead you across the gorgeous route but will also sure you with all the safety and technical tips & tricks you could need.
Venturing south during stage two the routes arrives at the border between Tuscany and Lazio where you will stay in the Castle of Proceno. During this stay you will encounter Cecilia, a true female powerhouse, she is the Lady of the castle and manages all of it is aspects no matter her age. Day three brings us into Northern Lazio along the shores of Lago di Bolsena and the city of Montefiascone, a city known also for its wines that you can find on the menu during your stay at the lakeside hotel at Lago di Vico later that day. Finally, on the fourth day, you will conclude this trip at Saint Peter’s Square. This women’s edition isn’t just a bike ride; it’s a self-discovery, empowerment, and camaraderie-filled adventure. Gear up and redefine your gravel biking experience with the Via Francigena Women Edition.
For all Dutch and Flemish participants a 10-week preparation program especially designed by Fondo, the Dutch Cycling Federation’s training app, is available.