Appenninica4All, The stage race for everyone

 More approachable, less demanding but equally intense and complete, Appenninica4 condenses in 4 stages the essence of a proper Stage Race: make sure you don’t underestimate it.

While the long-distance Appenninica is going to mean business only for the most physically and mentally prepared athletes, thanks to Appenninica4 the dream of a MTB adventure over more days is going to be within reach for all, and still not an easy undertaking, by any means. For many riders, it is going to be the sporting challenge of a lifetime. For others, it will be the springboard and the rehearsal for the bigger brother, in which stages will be seven (plus the Prologue).

Appenninica4 is still going to be a 265 km-long Stage Race with 8,780 m of climbing spread over 4 days of competition; a race that requires serious preparation, planning, managing; a challenge in which an expert observer would find all the same ingredients that characterize the Full Race. 

Leaving aside the fact that this race is specifically dedicated to SOLO participants, plenty of other things are common to both Appenninica4 and its bigger brother, Appenninica Stage Race:

  • A tough race course that reaches its crescendo in the Queen Stage: once that stage is in the bag, it will only be a matter of enjoying the grand finale, staying focussed all the time though.
  • Stages that go across 3 different provinces following a route known as Alta via dei Parchi, throughout unique and unexplored territories stretched over 5 Protected Natural Areas
    • Regional Park Corno alle Scale
    • Regional Park of Suviana and Brasimone Lakes 
    • Regional Park Vena del Gesso Romagnola 
    • National Park of Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna
    • Interregional Park Sasso Simone e Simoncello 
  • Amazing atmosphere in the Race Village, that will make the time spent between finish line and start of the following stage an equally memorable experience for all participants, no matter what race they are in. All competitors will become part of a community, where friendships will grow stronger than competitiveness. 
  • Complete package of services for the athletes here.

Exactly like it happens for the Full Race event, some riders will take part in Appenninica4 mainly to live the experience and face the challenge of reaching the finish line, while others will be racing with the ranking in mind, to be on the podium of this very first edition of the event.

Despite that, they will all participate in the grand finale of Bagno di Romagna to be awarded – once they have crossed the finish line –  the Appenninica4 finisher’s t-shirt. And then, back on their home trails, they will realize how this absolutely outstanding experience in the saddle has made them stronger.

These are the details of the 4 Stages (corresponding to the second part of the race route of Appenninica) that will take place between Wednesday 24 July and Saturday 27 July:

24 July – Porretta Terme: La Cronoscalata del Monte Piella (time trial)
Length 23 km – Elevation Gain 830 m

25 July – Porretta Terme – Castel del Rio: La Linea Gotica [The Gothic Line]
Length 90km – Elevation Gain 2300 m

26 July – Castel del Rio – Bagno di Romagna: Queen Stage
Length 112 km – Elevation Gain 4000 m

27 July – Bagno di Romagna – Bagno di Romagna: La Tecnica [The Technical]
Length 40 km – Elevation Gain 1650 m

Total distance: Km 265 – Total Elevation Gain: 8,780

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The Appenninici – Lillo Lenzi, in love with the Apennines

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

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

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The Appenninici – An Olympic champion discovers Appenninica

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

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Becking and Piana conquer Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023

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Happy day for DMT Racing Team in Vidiciatico. Becking and Piana keep the lead

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Appenninica’s colour is Orange: Smeenge and Becking the stars of stage 4

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Becking and Piana strenghten their lead in Fiumalbo

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