Starting on November 1st and for 48h only, all riders holding a Promo Code will be able to enter the first edition of Appenninica MTB, the Stage Race for teams of two that will take the riders on a 7-stage route throughout one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, along a highly suggestive – and yet unknown – ridge route.

On Thursday November 1st, it will be time to enter Appenninica MTB, the first Italian stage race that – between July 20/27 2019 – will cross our ‘Bel Paese’ from West to East along the Apennines ridge, throughout the Emilia-Romagna region.

All riders holding a Promotional Code will have 48 hours to complete the registration for the event and enjoy a price reduction on the entry fee.

At the end of this time window, i.e. at 00:00 on the 3rd of November, all promotional codes will expire and the registration will go live for everyone – up to 150 teams, the maximum number of entries.

Available categories will be: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters 80 (sum of teammates’ ages at least equal to 80, as per the day of the Prologue), Grand Masters 100 (sum of teammates’ ages at least equal to 100, as per the day of the Prologue) and the unique Heritage Teams (teams made of a parent and a child).

While entering the event, one of the teammates must finalize the registration, paying 50% of the total fee. The second teammate has to be appointed anytime before the start of May, 2019.

Appenninica will also devote a special ranking to all teams of women, together with a very friendly entry fee. As a matter of fact, one of the organizers’ objectives is to make Appenninica MTB a point of reference for all women riding bikes. The ‘W Special’ concessions, unlike the Promo Code, do not expire and are valid until the maximum number of entries is reached.

Appenninica is a MTB stage race for teams of two, connecting six amazing locations over 7 stages (plus a Prologue): Berceto, Castelnovo ne Monti, Monte Cimone, Porretta Terme, Castel del Rio and Bagno di Romagna, for a total distance of approximately 500 km, with over 20,000 m of climbing.

The topography of the Apennines in this region is very diverse, with a succession of valleys and mountains that rise more than 2,000 metres above sea level. The race course reflects this variety, while maintaining an overall good flow.

Some interesting facts regarding the stages: stage number six – the Queen Stage – is the long and tough stage ‘par excellence’. Above all, it will certainly be decisive for the ranking of the race. In addition, two of the remaining stages will feature a loop course; stage number four will be a time trial and stage number seven is nicknamed ‘the techy one’, which says a lot about its nature.

Very rarely I had to put a foot down or walk and hike-a-bike. There are tough climbs, quite technical too, but they are never impossible. Descents are often over singletrack and they are always good funAndrea Sabbadin of PianetaMTB states.

Like all mountains, Apennines will be hard to conquer, but – here in particular – the changes of pace and terrain will play a key role.

In most part, the race course follows the cycling route known as Alta Via dei Parchi, but we are slowly modifying it to make the race tough – just enough – and spectacularBeppe Salerno of Appenninica tells us.

Participating in Appenninica MTB means experiencing, and sharing, an extraordinary adventure throughout the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, an area still unknown to the international MTB community and a place steeped in history, culture and gastronomic traditions.

Keep up to date on all latest news regarding Appenninica and find out – in a few days – some route previews on Facebook Appenninica MTB.

Appenninica 2024 returns to Vidiciatico along the Gothic Line

The second stage of the 2024 Appenninica MTB Stage Race (September 2-7) will start from Loiano and reach Vidiciatico, a hamlet of Lizzano in Belvedere, largely crossing the Gothic Line, a significant site of the Resistance during World War II

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From 5 continents to the Apennines: Appenninica 2024 welcomes the world

From September 2 to 7, 2024, Appenninica MTB Stage Race returns for its sixth edition. Starting in Bologna and concluding in Castelnovo ne’ Monti, the prestigious Italian mountain bike stage race spans 400 km with an elevation gain of 13,000 meters, welcoming athletes from 23 nations across all five continents

Loiano to Crown the First Leader of Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2024

From Bologna to Loiano, the first stage follows the Via degli Dei route. Covering 42 km with a 1550-meter elevation gain, the race will start with the climb of San Luca, an amazing theater for last weekend’s 2024 Tour de France stage ending in Bologna

The Appenninici – Lillo Lenzi, in love with the Apennines

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race are many stories of sports and life. Lillo Lenzi, who took part in the 2023 edition at the age of 70, fulfilled his ambition to complete the adventure on the trails of Emilia-Romagna’s Apennines, which have been his home for many years

The Appenninici – From rugby to mountain biking: the unique journey of Sophie Halhead

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race many stories of sport and life can be found. Sophie Halhead, who made her second experience in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines in 2023 after taking part in the debut edition, recounts her transition from rugby to the world of mountain biking.

Third time’s the charm: Hans Becking returns to Appenninica for the hat trick

First Elite Man to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race, the Dutch defending champion of BUFF-Megamo will go for the hat trick from September 2 to 7, 2024. “This race has won my heart,” says Becking.

The Appenninica 2024 route: kicking off in Bologna with 14,000 meters of elevation gain

The organizers have unveiled the route for the MTB stage race, scheduled from September 2 to 7. Confirmed stage venues include Lizzano in Belvedere, Fiumalbo, and Castelnovo ne’ Monti for the grand finale, with Loiano making its debut this year. Participants will face a total of 400 km and 14,000 meters of elevation gain

The Appenninici – An Olympic champion discovers Appenninica

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race are many stories of sport and life. Miguel Martinez, Mountain Biking gold medallist at Sydney 2000, participated in the 2023 edition and was impressed by the routes and landscapes of the Emilia-Romagna Apennines and the familiar atmosphere of the race

From Tour the France to the MTB: Appenninica 2024 to kick off in Bologna

The main town of Emilia-Romagna is poised to inaugurate the sixth edition of Appenninica MTB Stage Race on September 2, 2024. Bathed in the afterglow of the Tour de France’s visit in July, the MTB challenge is set to bring more cycling emotions to the city

Appenninica MTB Stage Race Adventure Returns from September 2 to 7, 2024

The renowned MTB stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines confirms its six-day format, announcing its schedule for the 2024 season. Early Bird registration commences on December 1

Becking and Piana conquer Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023

The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo is the first male athlete to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Becking sealed the overall win by raising arms again in the last stage, followed by Tiago Ferreira and Tim Smeenge, who join him on the podium in second and third position respectively. Debora Piana takes the women’s GC, while Ilina triumphs again in Vidiciatico. “We are really proud of the athletes’ feedback” said the organizers