33rd edition - 7th July 2019
The theme chosen for the 33rd Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel was TOMORROW.
The rays of the sun caressed the 9038 cyclists, including 926 women, who started precisely at 6.30 a.m., as usual. The 33rd edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel dedicated to Duman, tomorrow, began under the best auspices. “When I think of tomorrow, I think of her, Pachamama, that with her stoic wisdom waits like a patient mother that her children, sooner or later, reach adulthood that brings humbleness and the awareness that tomorrow is the result of yesterday.” With these words Michil Costa, president of the Organizing Committee of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, kicked-off the race together with Martina Colombari, patroness of the event. For more than half an hour, racers paraded on the road from La Villa to Corvara and then they tackled the first difficulty of the race, i.e. the Campolongo. It was a colourful procession that painted the hairpin turns and that then grew thinner and thinner as the road climbed to the mountain pass. These emotions were described live on TV, on the RAI 2 channel, that followed the entire race in a 6 hour long sequence of images.
It is numbers that crown the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel as the queen of the international granfondo sportives: participants came from 72 different countries and five continents and were equally subdivided between Italians (50%) and foreigners (50%).
The beauty of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel is the fact that you can ride over the passes that made history in world cycling, without being chased by cars and motorbikes. The three courses are those that have always characterized this race and that wind over the Pordoi, Sella, Campolongo, Falzarego, Gardena, Valparola, Giau passes, all closed to traffic. Distances were as follows: long course 138 km and 4230 m altitude gain, middle course 106 km and 3130 m altitude gain and Sella Ronda course 55 km and 1780 m altitude gain.
The theme of tomorrow highlighted the charity initiatives that have always been characteristic of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel. Tomorrow is closely linked to today, as evidenced by the initiatives of solidarity in favour of the Colle Santa Lucia and Livinallongo municipalities, through which the Maratona cyclists have raced for years. On October 29, 2018 a storm caused huge damage and destroyed millions of trees, roads and paths. For this reason, the Committee of the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel organized this year a fund-raising initiative for the two Municipalities using special entries to the race.
The Maratona looks at the larger world and this is testified to by the cooperation with Healthy Seas and with the ‘Insieme si può’ association that started a series of solidarity initiatives in Uganda.
Also many VIP's cycled the Maratona: Martina Colombari, Nicola Savino, Paolo Bettini, Davide Cassani, Robert Kubica, Alex Zanardi, Carlos Checa, Filippo Pozzato, Dorothea Wierer, Lisa Vittozzi, Sofia Goggia, Kristian Ghedina, Vittorio Brumotti, Federico Pellegrino, Maria Canins and many others.
For the third year in a row, the winner of the Maratona dles Dolomites was the Italian Tommaso Elettrico in 4h36’20” followed by Fabio Cini and Vincenzo Pisani, both after 4'. The women edition was again won by the German Christina Rausch followed by Martha Maltha and Simona Parente.
Here some links of the 33rd edition: