Concluded the First Edition of Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano

The first edition of the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race ended in Bagno di Romagna after eight days on mountain bike through the Emilia-Romagna Apennines starting from Bologna.

After more than 400 km and 16,000 meters of altitude gain, the bikers of the first edition of the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race ended their 8-day journey through the mountains, villages and magnificent panoramas of the Emilia Romagna.


The medieval village of Bagno di Romagna welcomed riders from 16 nations and 4 continents who had challenged each other for 8 days, always with a smile on their faces, along a highly spectacular and scenic ridge route, which traces a big part of the itinerary of the Alta Via dei Parchi.

All the competitors fell in love with 360-degree panoramas of the mountains and valleys, high-altitude pastures and forests that descended down to the valley. The volunteers and the communities of the villages crossed were waiting down the routes: Berceto, Castelnovo in the Monti, Fanano, Porretta Terme, Santa Sofia and Bagno di Romagna.


There were 4 categories in the competition: Team Men, Team Women, Mixed Team (man / woman), Solo. Appenninica4, a race of just 4 days for the Solo category, started from the Porretta Terme’s stage.

The fastest and the winner of the Solo category was the young Austrian Lukas Kauffman, who wore the leader jersey from the first stages, followed by the American Coulton Hartrich, while the Italian Lorenzo De Sanctis closed in third position. A really tight challenge considering that after 8 stages and over 23 hours spent in the saddle the gap between the first three was only 45 minutes.

What we experienced here in the Apennines is true mountain biking. The route is complete with everything: we have met some important technical sections and climbs but my favorite part was the long single track on the ridge on the high mountains“, says Lukas Kauffman.


On the Team Men category the Dutchmen Maurits Buist and Henk Bos won with a total time of 25:11:45, followed by the Swiss team composed by Thomas Jauner and Christian Biffiger. The Czechoslovak team of Michal Prokop and Peter Gunter finished in third position.

Beautiful and tight the challenge in the category Team Women with Lorenza Menapace (Ita) and Danièle Troesch (Fra) who won in front of the English Sophie Hemming and Melanie Alexander second by only 21 minutes, but with four stage wins.

With the time of 29:16:31 the winning Team Mixed was the South Africans Yolandi Du Toit and Ben Swanepoel.


Started from Porretta Terme Appenninica4, the race that only covered the last 4 stages, saw the victory of the Italian Matteo Bravaccini, followed 13 minutes later by the Dutchman Casper Van Oosten who had worn the leader’s jersey after the time trial in Porretta Terme. Scott Cornish from Great Britain finished third.

 “We are very proud to have successfully completed the first edition of this event with a complex organization. There have been 8 very important days for the promotion of our territory. The feedback we are receiving from competitors is really great. Everyone is enthusiastic both for the quality of the route chosen and for the hospitality which we have been able to offer thanks to the support and involvement of all the locations involved“, said organizer Beppe Salerno.


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9th Wave: More than just a Technical Partner for Appenninica

Wheelsets are such an important part of our mountain bikes. They can enhance the performance – both in terms of speed and traction- they make for a great look, but they can also cause disastrous crashes if they fail.

9th Wave is a company owned and operated by riders. They don’t follow trends but they rather seek what works best by testing their products in the toughest competitions around (including MTB stage races).
Bike mag test winners and champions in strength and durability, 9th Wave carbon wheels add a touch of class to any high-end bike. The Dutch visionary company lead by Peter Wouters and Guido de Jong is often at some of the coolest events around Europe. They are kindly and enthusiastically supporting the first edition – with a long term plan – of Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano, our stage race that will take place in the summer of 2019.
Their first priorities since the start were quality, honesty and always stay innovative. 9th Wave strives for quality on all fronts: from products to service, from delivery times and post-sales service.



“Honesty means to us: don’t sell or tell nonsense and being able to look at yourself proudly in the mirror every day. And innovation is for us to continue to think outside the box and pay attention to every tiny detail of products. (Feel free to ask any of us. You will notice that in each product by 9th Wave a lot of invisible small “smart” details are processed.) – 9th Wave”

9th Wave will be more than just a Technical Sponsor. 

The collaboration will include co-promotion between the two brands and some important benefits for the riders: mechanical service (official mechanical service at the race), spare wheelsets at the neutral mechanical aid station, a generous discount for all registered riders (not available to the general public).
So, stay tuned for more details and for the orange 9th Wave van at the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano race village. An email will follow specifically about the partnership and therefore make sure to register to the newsletter on our website.

Peter 9th Wave

Peter Wouters of 9th Wave is a veteran of MTB stage races