We have compiled the most frequent questions and answers as well as the ones that we would have liked to ask as participants. This section will grow and be updated with the most frequent questions and useful information.
Can I participate alone?
Actually, the 2020 edition is only for solo riders due to the Covid-19 prevention measures.
Where can I find the rules?
You can read and download the rules HERE.
What are the categories?
Go to the dedicated section on the registration page.
How do I register?
To register for the Appenninica go to the dedicated page on the website. We use a third-party service for your registration and payment, but remain available for any further information or specific requests. Contact us.
How do I contact you?
Contact us here.
What happens if I must cancel?
You could change rider until July 1st without additional fees and until a month prior to the race for a fee of 50 Euro. You can also decide to take part in the following edition avoiding the cancellation fees.
How much is registration?
Go to the dedicated page HERE
Do you have promotions and specials?
You can save by registering early. Go to the registration page for the most updated info.
What is included in the registration?
The Appenninica is a full-service race and as such includes: a marked course and professional timing system for 7 stages, accommodation for 7 nights, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, a minimum of 2 feed zones and water points for each stage, secured bike parking, a farewell dinner party and much more! Click HERE to go to the Riders Services webpage.
Where do I find cancellations and refund policies?
Go to the specific paragraph in the Registration page HERE
Transportation, RVs and Parking
Will there be an area for RVs/campers?
There will be a dedicated area for RVs and campers near the Race Village. Some of the host cities might also have some equipped campsites (information will be available on the host cities webpage).
Will there be parking?
Each rider will get a free parking pass with the race number, giving them access to the reserved area inside the Race Village at each stage. To access the reserved area, the pass needs to always be visible. No additional parking passes will be released.
Can I park my car/RV/camper and retrieve it at the end of the race?
Yes, you can park in a designated area in the last host city and purchase the specific Extra Package to use the shuttle from the last host city to the location of stage 1. Transfer times will be published closer to race time. As an alternative, you can book a transfer from the last stage to Porretta Terme for the morning of Sunday October the 4th.
If I withdraw from the race, can I go back early and retrieve it?
The race organization does not offer early shuttle service back to the parking of the first host city, airport or any other destination prior to the end of the race. See race rules. Within reason, the organizer can help arrange a paid transfer.
How do I get to the Appenninica Stage 1 location?
If you do not travel with your vehicle, you can purchase a specific Extra Package with a shuttle service from the Bologna train station or Bologna airport.
Can I rely on the organization to go back to the airport at the end?
You can book and pay for a transfer from the last location to the Bologna airport for the morning of Sunday October the 4th.
Where and when do we start?
The location of the Welcome village and stage 1 is Porretta Terme (Alto Reno Terme) in the province of Bologna. Bologna is the main hub if you travel by train or by plane. Accreditation is on the afternoon of Saturday, September the 26th.
Can you bring my bike box to the last host town?
Yes, we can bring your bike box and suitcase to the arrival city of the last stage at no extra cost. Keep in mind that you will not have access to it during the race even if you withdraw from the race early.
How much gear can I bring with me?
Everything you need during the race week including electrolytes and spare parts must remain in the race bag. The mattress, pillow, and sleeping bag can remain in a bag provided by the organizer.
Do you provide a “day bag” service?
Each participant will receive a small bag with the race number that she/he can consign every morning before entering the starting grid and retrieve at the arrival city after crossing the finish line.
Where exactly does the race start?
Porretta Terme (BO). The Welcome village will be located in the very center of town, Piazza della Libertà.
What distance and elevation gain does the race have?
The race consists of 7 stages. The competitors will face a distance of about 450km with 16.000m of elevation gain.
At what time do the stages start?
The competitors in the first grid start at 8:00 am according to the announcement delivered at the evening briefing. The others follow at intervals of 5 minutes. Some shorter stages such as the time trial might have a later start.
How do you assign the starting grid?
Stage 1 has a starting grid based on the race number assigned. Elite athletes are assigned the lowest numbers, as well as riders who ranked well the previous year, and start first. For the successive stages, the general classification (GC) after each stage is used to assign the starting grid. The starting grid will be posted at the race office as well as at the entrance of the race village restaurant at both dinner and breakfast time each day.
What happens if a rider has to withdraw?
For all cases, please refer to the rules of the race.
Is there a time limit to finish the stage?
For safety reasons and logistics we have to establish a time limit to finish the stages. The cut-off time of each stage is communicated in the morning, once the weather conditions have been assessed and eventual modification to the course made. In some of the stages, a cut-off time might be established at the mid-race point.
Is the course marked?
Yes, the course is marked with arrows and tape. People with flags will marshal some of the intersections.
Will the GPS tracks be made available?
Yes, the GPS tracks will be available and it is mandatory to use them for navigation in conjunction with course markings.
The Race Village
What is the Race Village?
The race village is your and our home that moves with us for the duration of the race. It is supplied with electricity, and bathrooms with showers. The host villages allow us to use their schools, gyms, and other buildings and therefore sleeping will be indoor and no tents are needed.
Can I invite my fiancé, family, dog, etc.… to the Race Village?
Only athletes (racing or not), staff, volunteers, and accredited companions have access and are allowed in the dormitory of the race village. The expo/entertainment area around the finish line is also open to spectators and companions.
Where can I find the organizer’s office inside the Race Village?
The office that interacts with athletes and team manager is the race office. The race office is in charge of coordinating all services directly related to the race but it can also direct you on where and how to address other needs, or call the managers of the Race Village or logistics. Look for the race office sign.
Will there be mechanical assistance and spare parts available?
In the Race Village there might be partners and sponsors that provide mechanical assistance and sell spare parts (not part of the race organization). Furthermore, you can purchase the Extra mechanical package.
Meals and Diet Restrictions
What meals are included?
Breakfasts and dinners are provided by the organization thanks to the host cities. Lunch: a portion of pasta or rice, fruit and several types of beverages will be available at the end of the stages. One of the things that participants – especially international participants – will appreciate the most is the possibility to replenish the burned calories with delicious meals of the traditional cuisine of Emilia Romagna. Emilia Romagna offers without a doubt one of the best cuisine of Italy, if not the world!
Dinners will be the expression of tradition and genuineness and, as you can imagine, pasta will be the protagonist!
Dinners will consist of three courses plus dessert or fruit.
For each course there will be a vegetarian option. Breakfasts will have a non-dairy milk option. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate people with other types of diets and allergies (please contact us about this).
For meal times go to this page where you will see how a race day takes place.
What is supplied in the feed zones during the race?
In the major feed zones, you will find fresh and dried fruit, nuts, bread with sweet and savory toppings, pies, energy bars, gels, electrolyte sports drink, water and cola.
In other feed zones, you will find gel, electrolyte sports drink, water and cola.
The staff and volunteers at the feed zone cannot pass you food or fill water bottles.