Maratona dles Dolomites

Maratona dles Dolomites has already made a name for itself as an important international sportive. Much has been written about this amazing cycling event that is held every year in Alta Badia (Dolomites), usually on the first Sunday of July.

Pordoi hairpins during the Maratona dles Dolomites ©PatitucciPhotoHere are a few statistics that best describe the Maratona:

  • Over 34,000 applications for a limited 9,000 starting riders
  • Over 70 nationalities represented
  • 3 different routes:
    Long course (Maratona): 138 km - 4,230 altitude gain
    Middle course (Medio): 106 km – 3,130 altitude gain
    Short course (Sellaronda): 55 km – 1,780 altitude gain
  • 6 hours LIVE TV broadcast on national TV
  • over 1,400 volunteers

There are also many videos that describe what the event is like in images such as this one:

Passo Campolongo the first climb of the Maratona dles DolomitesBut I actually have a different relationship with the Maratona: she’s more like a sister to me. It all started in 1986 in our house at Ustaria Posta when my dad was gathering his first ideas for a big cycling event. The date of the first edition was set for July 12, 1987 and, in order to promote it, my dad took me along to his amateur cycling races. While he was having fun riding loops on city circuits, I had to wander through the parking lots putting the flyers on car windshields! So, you might say that I – as a 10-year-old – was ‘babysitting’ and helping the Maratona to grow. And, as in all good and normal families, my affection to her switched constantly between nice hugging days to others when I just couldn’t find the right knife in the kitchen!

The Maratona is now getting close to its 30th birthday in 2016 and, if you decide to take part in it, check out the holimites.com website that has holiday packages with guaranteed entry to the race.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Sébastien 15 January 2018 at 3:16 #

    Great website and obviously a lot of research went into this. I looked at your shop and the maps look very interesting. Do you also sell, .GPX versions of the maps.

    Thanks

    Sébastien

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