Italy’s Marcialonga jumps back on the saddle next June. No snow involved this time (hopefully!) and no skis on the tracks as it happened about two weeks ago, but thousands of cyclists are expected at the start of the gran fondo event on Sunday 29 June named Marcialonga Cycling Craft.
Both routes of 124k and 81k of the 8th running have been unveiled at the end of last year, and they will bring participants from the town of Predazzo throughout the two alpine valleys of Fiemme and Fassa. The longer route grows up to a total of 3.170m vertical ascent, while the so-called medium one reaches 1.670m vertical ascent. The 7k climb (over 17% gradient) to famous Pampeago Pass represents the hardest part for those who choose the longer route, but watch out for the following downhill as well.
Along with last January’s Marcialonga XC ski race and the Marcialonga Running event scheduled on September 7, 2014, Marcialonga Cycling Craft forms the Combined Event ‘Punto3 Craft’.
On the eve of the race, on Saturday 28 June, the promo race for kids and youngster Under 16 ‘Minicycling’ will also take place in Predazzo.
Entries to the 8th Marcialonga Cycling Craft are open online and several riders from the country, but also from Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, The Netherland, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, The US, Spain and Sweden already booked their bibs. Until 26th May prices are locked in: € 30 only. For couples, there is a further discount during this week, € 40 instead of € 60 for two people.
Marcialonga Cycling Craft race pack includes official event sleeveless shirt by Craft for the first 2000 registrations.
Also known as cyclosportives, gran fondos are mass-start cycling events that might be viewed as real races with a hint of casual century ride, complete with race numbers, aid stations, course marshalling and a delicious Pasta Party at the end. Similar to a marathon, only a few participants toe the start with a realistic chance at crossing the finish line first, while for others, just completing the distance is a victory in itself. That is why, Marcialonga Cycling Craft invites all riders to enjoy the road event, challenge themselves and explore the valleys it is settled into, for a unique experience along with families, friends, colleagues and, as said… beloved people.