While this year’s Giro d’Italia slowly moves up towards the Alps and faces the hardest stages, up there, amongst the Dolomites through Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa in Trentino region, Marcialonga people keep counting down the days to the next Marcialonga Cycling Craft road race scheduled on Sunday 29 June.
The 8th running of the Italian Granfondo event offers two fascinating and technical routes, the ‘Short course’ (80 km total length, 1.894 meters total climb) and the ‘Long course’ (135,4 km total length, 3.279 meters total climb). Three passes through the Dolomites, namely Lavazè, San Pellegrino and Valles, plus the Mount San Pietro tough climb and the spectacular routes across the provinces of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno are simply unique, and almost 2000 participants from all over the planet – including New Zealand, Lebanon, Russia and the US – already booked their places at the start. Those who decide to ride the 2014 Marcialonga Cycling Craft by the 26 May will only pay € 30 and this fee includes the race packet filled with goodies such as a Felicetti pasta box and a piece of Trentingrana parmesan cheese, energy food bar and water bottle by Enervit, lip-balm by Blistex, an exclusive ergonomic singlet by Craft and a vase of saddle chamois cream by Ozone. Teams with 15 members or more might receive free entries, and the 10 teams with the highest number of riders will get special prizes.
The Minicycling event for children (up to 16 years of age) will take the floor on Friday 27 June and participants will enjoy a gymkhana circuit in Predazzo town center. Both on Saturday and Sunday, the Expo Marcialonga will be open to everybody and kids might enjoy a delicious Nutella Party on Sunday morning too, while grown-ups and all guests are kindly invited to some live music and drinks on Saturday late afternoon still in Predazzo.
Together with last winter’s Marcialonga ski-marathon and the Marcialonga Running event scheduled on September 7, Marcialonga Cycling Craft forms the Combined Event ‘Punto3 Craft’. Plus, the road race is part of the national Alé Challenge series.
Have a look on the Marcialonga website for some interesting accommodation solutions for one or more days to spend in Italy’s Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa next June.