The first international mountain bike stage race in Italy will cross the Apennines starting on the 20th of July 2019.

Appenninica MTB Stage Race is set to become Italy’s first international MTB stage race crossing the Apennines – the mountain chain that is the watershed of the Italian peninsula – with a completely new course composed of seven stages plus a prologue, followed by an itinerant base camp (race village).

The race will have a total length of approximately 500km with around 20.000m of elevation gain, and will follow for the most part the beautiful Alta Via dei Parchi, a trail of unforeseen beauty and variety that zig-zags between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

The two-person team format is a trademark of the world’s most famous MTB stage races and will emphasize fitness and bike handling skills but also sportsmanship and team spirit. Male, female and mixed team will all be allowed at the start, with a special classification and prize for the women teams’ category.

The grand start will be in Berceto, a small village located on the western side of the mountain range, close to the Tyrrhenian sea, and will final stage will end in Bagno di Romagna, on the east side of the chain. In between, Appenninica MTB will offer its participants seven days of adventure on the Apennines’ unexplored lands and paths, that will take the riders through scenarios of breathtaking wilderness and beauty, but also discovering the region’s hamlets and renowned food and hospitality.

The hosting region of Emilia Romagna and the towns that will host the race stages are eager to show the world the vastly unknown beauty of their mountains, a completely different landscape than Italy’s more renowned alpine regions.

Registration will start on November 1st, 2018. A promo code is available when registering on the event website.

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