The Appenninica MTB Stage Race takes place along the Apennine ridge between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

The format of the race consists of teams of 2 riders with both a general and category classification and SOLO riders with man and woman categories.

The Appenninica MTB Stage Race is a competitive race that offers both beautiful trails and spectacular rides on the ridge. The mountains offer all the ingredients to host the most important MTB event of its kind in Italy.

The Apennines of Emilia Romagna is a paradise for all sports tourism and outdoors lovers. Go to the webpage of Emilia Romagna and discover our local partners.

The riders will face a hard – very hard – challenge, creating lasting memories and the satisfaction of having achieved something truly extraordinary.

Participants are coming from all continents and for the first edition (Summer 2019), the number of teams is limited to 150.

The race facts by the numbers certainly do not pale in comparison with the now celebrated international races that started the movement of MTB Stage races such as the TransAlp (eastern alps), TransRockies (Canada) and Cape Epic (South Africa). The distance to tackle is 550km with an elevation gain of about 20,000m.


The FULL RACE will take place over 1 prologue and 7 stages.

A shorter race – Appenninica4 – will cover the second part of the full race over 4 stages.


The cities hosting the Race Village of the Appenninica will offer the participants a warm welcome and – without a doubt – the best Italian cuisine of any MTB races.


General Facts:

  • Name: Appenninica MTB Stage Race
  • Date: July 20/27, 2019
  • Edition: First
  • Destination partner: The region of Emilia Romagna
  • Number of stages: Prologue + 7 stages
  • Category: Men, Women, Master, Grand Master, Mixed (see the categories)
  • Cost per team: Euro 2,900 or Euro 1,900 for Women team (go to registration page)
  • Registration opens: November 1st, 2018
  • Race distance: 550km (approximate)
  • Elevation gain: 20,000m (approximate)
  • Prologue: Bologna
  • Starting location: Berceto (PR)
  • Arrival location: Bagno di Romagna (FC)