The Appenninica MTB Stage Race partners’ squad keeps growing stronger

Now in its fifth edition, the rise of Appenninica MTB Stage Race continues, not only from a sports point of view, as shown by the top-class contenders at the start, but also thanks to the partnerships with established international cycling brands as well as significant realities from the Emilia-Romagna territory. This positive trend underscores and rewards the efforts of the ASD Happy Trail MTB team led by Milena Bettocchi and Beppe Salerno.

For the 2023 edition, scheduled from September 4th to 9th, several partners have confirmed their support to the MTB stage race through the Apennines of Emilia-Romagna, highly regarded by its athletes, and with a special strategical value for the region it crosses.

This strong connection with Appenninica MTB Stage Race has positioned Emilia-Romagna Region as a prominent destination not only for road cycling, but also in mountain biking, which is in high demand among tourists and enthusiasts at all levels.

Taking on the significant role of Sports Nutrition Partner for Appenninica, a race covering hundreds of kilometers with over 13,000 meters of elevation gain, is Enervit, a leading Italian company in sports supplementation and functional nutrition, with over 40 years of experience in the cycling sector, as well as a partner of the Italian National Team.

Among the companies from the cycling world, renowned French brand Look has extended its presence as official pedal sponsor of the event for the third consecutive year, while the jerseys worn during the stages by the classification leaders will be crafted by Natali Sports Wear, renewing a technical partnership that has accompanied Appenninica since its inaugural edition.

Barbieri PNK, a Bologna-based brand of bicycle accessories and parts, has confirmed its long-time support to Appenninica too, as has 9th Wave Cycling  the top-class Dutch high-performance wheels producer, which also supplies MTB Marathon world champion Henrique Avancini. Another returning partner is bike lubricants brand Squirt Cycling, while the crucial mechanical assistance service will once again be supplied by the expertise of Sport Bike Alicante.

Recognizing that bike performance starts with cleanliness and maintenance, the 2023 edition of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race will benefit from the Bike Wash service offered by Lavor, a company producing pressure washers based in Pegognaga (Mantua), part of the Comet Group, a holding from Emilia-Romagna with interests in over 130 Countries.

Prestigious Official Suppliers will also characterize the experience of the participants: water will be provided by the Gruppo Sem, one of the leading bottling companies in Italy. Iren will offer bikers the chance to refill their water bottles. Coop Alleanza 3.0 will provide organic products from the Vivi Verde range at refreshment stations along the route and at the finish. Joining the Appenninica partners’ family is the Meliconi group with its My Bike brand, utilizing the technology of one of Italy’s most famous companies in the production of TV accessories and TV supports to create bike stands.

In a region renowned globally for its culinary excellence, the presence of Barilla stands out once again as a key presence in the pasta parties at the end of the races, alongside the salumi and cheese supplied by Gran Terre.

Official Radio Partner Radio Bruno will bring music and fun at the starts and finishes, while SeTeTrack will offer the Official Live Tracking, essential to follow the stage progress in real-time and ensure safety for all athletes. Evodata will provide timing and rankings. 

As part of the Appenninica Teen Camp project involving young adolescents in the race’s staff, Decathlon will also contribute as a sponsor, providing tents, sleeping mats, and camping essentials. Respect Me will supply shirts and eyewear with messages related to respect for cyclists and their safety.

The Appenninici – Lillo Lenzi, in love with the Apennines

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race are many stories of sports and life. Lillo Lenzi, who took part in the 2023 edition at the age of 70, fulfilled his ambition to complete the adventure on the trails of Emilia-Romagna’s Apennines, which have been his home for many years

The Appenninici – From rugby to mountain biking: the unique journey of Sophie Halhead

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race many stories of sport and life can be found. Sophie Halhead, who made her second experience in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines in 2023 after taking part in the debut edition, recounts her transition from rugby to the world of mountain biking.

Third time’s the charm: Hans Becking returns to Appenninica for the hat trick

First Elite Man to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race, the Dutch defending champion of BUFF-Megamo will go for the hat trick from September 2 to 7, 2024. “This race has won my heart,” says Becking.

The Appenninica 2024 route: kicking off in Bologna with 14,000 meters of elevation gain

The organizers have unveiled the route for the MTB stage race, scheduled from September 2 to 7. Confirmed stage venues include Lizzano in Belvedere, Fiumalbo, and Castelnovo ne’ Monti for the grand finale, with Loiano making its debut this year. Participants will face a total of 400 km and 14,000 meters of elevation gain

The Appenninici – An Olympic champion discovers Appenninica

Among the protagonists of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race are many stories of sport and life. Miguel Martinez, Mountain Biking gold medallist at Sydney 2000, participated in the 2023 edition and was impressed by the routes and landscapes of the Emilia-Romagna Apennines and the familiar atmosphere of the race

From Tour the France to the MTB: Appenninica 2024 to kick off in Bologna

The main town of Emilia-Romagna is poised to inaugurate the sixth edition of Appenninica MTB Stage Race on September 2, 2024. Bathed in the afterglow of the Tour de France’s visit in July, the MTB challenge is set to bring more cycling emotions to the city

Appenninica MTB Stage Race Adventure Returns from September 2 to 7, 2024

The renowned MTB stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines confirms its six-day format, announcing its schedule for the 2024 season. Early Bird registration commences on December 1

Becking and Piana conquer Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023

The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo is the first male athlete to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Becking sealed the overall win by raising arms again in the last stage, followed by Tiago Ferreira and Tim Smeenge, who join him on the podium in second and third position respectively. Debora Piana takes the women’s GC, while Ilina triumphs again in Vidiciatico. “We are really proud of the athletes’ feedback” said the organizers

Happy day for DMT Racing Team in Vidiciatico. Becking and Piana keep the lead

Tiago Ferreira went all-in in the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race from Fanano to Vidiciatico, trying to pursue the leader’s jersey, but Becking kept everything under control. Same plot in the women’s category, with Russian Kristina Ilina taking her second win and Piana in control

Appenninica’s colour is Orange: Smeenge and Becking the stars of stage 4

The Dutch MTB Marathon National champion raises hands in Fanano, while Becking increases his gap in the GC on Tiago Ferreira. Debora Piana keeps dominating and makes it three in a row. Tomorrow, September 8th, the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023 runs from Fanano to Lizzano in Belvedere

Becking and Piana strenghten their lead in Fiumalbo

The two leaders got the second win at Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023. The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo Team sprinted over Tiago Ferreira, while things are getting spicy for the bronze medal, with four riders fighting for the third position. In the women’s field, the Italian of Team Cingolani-Specialized secured the leader jersey with another success in Fiumalbo over Ilina. Tomorrow, September 7th, the peloton heads to Fanano

Ferreira and Piana tame the Mountain Queen Stage

The Portuguese athlete of DMT Racing Team answered back to Becking’s success in the opening stage, while Tronconi and Smeenge remain in contention behind them. Debora Piana took the win and the lead in the women’s category. Tomorrow, September 6th, marks the first-ever border crossing from Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany for the race, with the stage starting and finishing again in Fiumalbo