Appenninica’s Early Bird was a success: we are over 50% of participants!

After all the 55 available numbers in the first phase of registration were claimed, the Appenninica MTB Stage Race team looks forward to the next months with further confidence: sold-out is the goal!

The Early Bird phase to sign up for the 2021 Appenninica MTB Stage Race – scheduled from September 12th to 18th – ended in January. All the 55 bibs available in such phase were claimed, further encouraging the organizers for the coming months, with the ambition of achieving the sold-out. We are not yet free of the Covid emergency, but the appeal of Appenninica is stronger.

The newly registered riders joined those who had confirmed their slot after taking part in the 2020 edition, and those who had to give up on last year’s race due to COVID-related reasons: the Appenninica peloton already trespassed the 50% threshold of the closed number of 150 athletes.

Along with the peaking figures, the Early Bird phase for the third edition already brought the race to new Countries, showing Appenninica’s attitude to become a global showcase for outdoor in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, as in the strategy shared with the Emilia-Romagna region. The race will see athletes from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela, as well as more established MTB Countries such as UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, the latter currently leading the Nations’ ranking. Spaniards are also destined to be represented in forces. In September on the Appenninica routes, we will get to know better Jersey, a small Island on the English Channel with a huge cycling passion, that will be represented by a significant group of riders. 

From February 1st to June 30th, the “regular registration” phase is open for 1.290 €, followed by a “late registration” period at 1.490 € until the maximum number of 150 participants has been reached.

Riders can take advantage of a full-service package including the participation fee and all the thrills of the race, food and accommodation, as well as the offer of various collateral services such as massages, mechanical services, hotel packages or companion passes. From this year, it’s also possible to pay with a three-installment payment plan with no extra costs, already extremely popular in this Early Bird phase.

The next goals? To approach the sold-out and increase the number of women riders. Currently, women only represent 5% of the participants, from 15% of last year: Appenninica hopes to see 20% of ladies in September.

Last but not least, clubs and teams can benefit from dedicated conditions and deals: get in touch with the Appenninica organizers for further information. 


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