text by Concetta Bonaldi
This year, a leg of the Giro d’Italia will be held in Corvara, in Alta Badia, at the heart of the Dolomite mountains. The organising committee of the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel was keen on having the ‘Ladin’ stage of the race to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its famous marathon, and has already begun to give the surrounding landscape a touch of pink. A number of pink gondolas have in fact been installed on the Boè cable car to advertise the event taking place on 21st May.
On 21st May, the Giro d’Italia will start from Alpago, following part of the route taken by the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel as well as some of the Sella Ronda Bike Day course: covering the Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Giau and Valparola mountain passes, eventually reaching Corvara. The Dolomites form part of the history of the Giro d’Italia and scaling these mountains has always been a thrilling experience for cyclists. There are special offers available for all cycling enthusiasts for the weekend of the race (click HERE).
On 3rd July this year, the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, with a number of different events being held in honour of this important milestone for the sporting event. The leg of the Giro d’Italia race will be the perfect opportunity to launch the Dolomites’ cycling season, remembering the moments of the sport’s history that were made amid these mountains.
“We’re happy to be celebrating 30 years of the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel, hosting a leg of the Giro d’Italia. It’s going to be incredibly exciting”, explains the director of the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel, Claudio Canins. It’ll be possible to see the cyclists pass by three times. What’s more, on Mür dl Giat (19% slope) – the latest addition to the Maratona – there’ll be a fan zone offering local culinary specialities, music and live coverage of the race on large screens.
The Boè cable car
Throughout the winter, the Dolomites Superski area offers kilometre after kilometre of snow-covered slopes, with the Boè cable car forming an important part of the ski lifts on the legendary Sella Ronda. Cycling enthusiasts can also try out the adrenaline rush of riding a fat bike on the snow.
MARATONA AND SELLE ITALIA: TOGETHER FOR THREE MORE YEARS
Selle Italia is one of the Maratona's historic sponsors. It has been putting us in the saddle for years, enabling us to pedal better, more comfortably and enhance our performance. Therefore, there was no way we could celebrate the 30th edition of the Marathon on 3rd July 2016 without it.
Actually, in order to strengthen our long-consolidated bond, Riccardo Bigolin, vicepresident of Selle Italia, and Claudio Canins, director of the Maratona, have renewed the sponsorship contract for another three years. Excellent news for the 9,000 riders who will gather to pedal along the roads of the Dolomites next summer, because it is the quality of the sponsors that enables this event to reach the highest standards. The quality of Selle Italia is known all over the world: as a matter of fact, for 120 years, Selle Italia has been the saddle of the biggest athletes in professional cycling.
The Asolo-based company has long fuelled the passion of cycling enthusiasts with extremely innovative projects which now are even eco-sustainable.
Follow all the news and special initiatives planned for the 30th edition of the Maratona on the company's social media platforms. After all, it's 'only' seven months until the big day...
The Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel of July 3rd 2016 is already sold-out but Action Medical Research has 50 places available. Why not grab an entry with a one off payment of £350. The entrance fee goes directly to the charity.
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After the success of the 2015 race and the popularity with the participants due to the quality of the Castelli-Maratona products, Castelli has renewed its contract with us for another three years. As well as consolidating the collaboration, Castelli will take part in the event, using its strength and energy in great style. The style that befits an Italian brand and world leader and that will guarantee more media growth at all levels at the race through the Dolomites.
Pinarello, historic partner of the Maratona has renewed its support for us for another three years. Another top Italian company in the world and that boasts 11 victories in the Tour de France, couldn’t fail to be at our side to celebrate the thirtieth year of the Maratona.
The draw for the starting places of the 30th edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel took place in front of a notary.
Click HERE to see the participant list.
For the lucky ones who were drawn:
- Some useful advices to find an accomodation.
For those not drawn, here's your chance to get your entry:
193 Charity entries online on November 24th 2015.
- Registration packages (accommodation + guaranteed entry)
The pre-registrations for the Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel 2016 are closed.
The draw will take place in the second half of November 2015.
All participants admitted to the draw are listed HERE.
One day after the draw the updated list with all participants admitted to the race will be published on our website.
The pre-registrations for the Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel of July 3rd 2016 are open!
Pre-register online by using the button above within November 4th.
To celebrate 30 years of the Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel we have decided to renew the event logo. We have done this by following the outline of the mountains that have always surrounded us, because the mountains are our home and the Dolomites are our heart.
In the skilful hands of Manuel Bottazzo, the new logo symbolises a long journey of sweat, passion, dreams and madness… because you had to be a bit mad to imagine a bike Maratona through the Dolomites 30 years ago. The result is a monogram with the M that represents not only the M of Maratona, but also...
JOURNEY IN TERMS OF DISCOVERY,
The theme chosen for the 30th Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel is JOURNEY.
In fact, we set off a long time ago and have never stopped...
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