Two finishes for a debut: Fiumalbo looks forward to first time at Appenninica

The first time at Appenninica MTB Stage Race is always special, for the athletes as much as for the stage venues. Making its debut in the 2023 edition, taking place from September 4th to 9thFiumalbo will host two days of the event, with the queen stage finish on Tuesday, September 5, and both start and finish of a loop stage three that will bring an historical first for the stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines.

Fiumalbo, one of Italy’s most beautiful hamlets, nestled in the Modena Apennines, between the Cimone and Abetone Mounts areas, will welcome two finishes and two starts from September 5th to 7th.

On Tuesday, September 5, after a challenging 90 km route with 3200 meters of elevation gain, the Appenninica MTB Stage Race caravan will arrive in Fiumalbo directly from Castelnovo ne’ Monti. The Mountain Queen Stage represents the longest and most demanding stage of the entire week, with a route almost entirely above 1,500 meters of altitude. After passing the Bismantova Rock, athletes will climb toward the Cisa Pass, leading them into a very long trail in the Torricella area bike park in the Mount Cusna area. Following Febbio, they will ascend to Mount Giovarello’s summit before reaching Passo delle Radici and beginning their descent, touching on Pievepelago before arriving in Fiumalbo.

On the following day, Wednesday, September 6, a loop starting and finishing in Fiumalbo will mark a historic first for the Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Covering 79 kilometers with 2550 meters of total elevation gain, the Tuscany Incipit will take the athletes across the border into Tuscany at the foot of the Abetone Pass. Once back in Emilia-Romagna, they will tackle the climb of the Strada Ducale della Foce road. After Pievepelago, a second-long ascent to Sant’Anna Pelago will challenge the participants before a thrilling downhill trail leads them to the finish line, passing through the medieval village of Riolunato.

Fiumalbo will also host the start of stage 4 on Thursday, September 7, heading towards nearby Fanano. The Cimone Challenge, covering 62 kilometers with 3250 meters of elevation gain, will take place entirely within the Mount Cimone area, passing through Pian Cavallaro, Montecreto, Lake Ninfa, Sestola, and Passo Serre, with a double passage in Fanano.

Alessio Nizzi, Fiumalbo’s Mayor, expressed his excitement for this opportunity. “It is a real pleasure for our small village to be a venue for Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023, a competition that is rising in stature in the international MTB world, year after year. This is going to be an outstanding showcase for our territory. I am sure Fiumalbo will be remembered by the participants not only for its natural beauty but for the hospitality and friendliness of its inhabitants.”


Awarded by the Touring Club with the “Orange Flag” for the quality of its tourism and environment, Fiumalbo is nestled among numerous nature trails and boasts a historic center rich in stone workings, low walls, houses, vaults, and sandstone roofs. Also known as the “Celtic Village,” the town has a historical connection with the Duchy of Modena, having faced several invasions by Celtic populations.

A notable tradition in Fiumalbo takes place every year on August 23 when the streets of downtown are illuminated with flashlights, lamps, torches, and candles for the procession of the statue of St. Bartholomew, accompanied by the ancient Confraternities of “dei Bianchi” and “dei Rossi.” This centuries-old tradition is dedicated to celebrating the town’s patron saint.

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

Becking and Ilina secure victory in the opening act of Appenninica 2023

The Dutch rider from Team Buff-Megamo the Russian of DMT Racing Team have made an impact on the inaugural stage of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Completing the men’s podium were Tiago Ferreira and Martino Tronconi, while Debora Piana and Nina Brenn claimed spots on the women’s top-3. Tomorrow, September 5th, comes the anticipated Queen Stage

Castelnovo ne’ Monti and the Bismantova Rock welcome back the Appenninica show

The program of the MTB stage race (4-9 September) was anticipated by the “Appenninica lovers” Granfondo. Starting from tomorrow, the main event will kick off with Hans Becking and Tiago Ferreira leading the title race, while Naima Diesner emerges as the top contender in the Women’s field

With 150 riders from all continents, the Appenninica challenge goes global

Approaching its fifth edition (September 4-9, 2023), Appenninica MTB Stage Race – the mountain bike stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, Italy – is set to showcase 150 athletes hailing from 24 Nations, marking a sold-out status. This year, the event introduces an innovative initiative: Appenninica Teen Camp

Miguel Martinez leads the charge of “The Appenninici”

Cross-country gold medalist from the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Miguel Martinez, is set to kick off the 2023 Appenninica MTB Stage Race (September 4-9, 2023). A multitude of riders will converge for this stage race in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, seeking a distinctive adventure filled with a treasure trove of stories and anecdotes.

Riders bulletin n.6/2023

Riders bulletin n.6 August 29, 2023   This is the sixth rider bulletin. These bulletins will provide useful information, news, and mandatory action reminders. Race time is Sunday!   The starting list is on the website. Click here. The event is sold out....

The Appenninica MTB Stage Race partners’ squad keeps growing stronger

In its fifth edition, scheduled from September 4th to 9th, the race has further stocked its partners’ panel: a testament to the event’s rise towards international prominence, while keeping deep roots in its territory

Debora Piana and Kristina Ilina challenge Naima Diesner for Appenninica throne

The German, winner of the last two editions, will be the athlete to beat at the 2023 Appenninica MTB Stage Race (Sept. 4-9), but the Italian rider and the Russian national champion will be upfront to try to spoil her plans