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Maratona dles Dolomites

July 2, 2024

Riders in Maratona dles Dolomites

Maratona dles Dolomites is a popular cycling event that takes place annually in the Dolomite Mountains in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. The event was first organized in 1987 and has since become one of Europe’s most prestigious and challenging cycling races drawing thousands of participants.  Strambecco rates the event as one of the best gran fondo events in Italy.

The Maratona dles Dolomites race course covers a distance of 138 kilometers and takes cyclists through seven mountain passes with a total elevation gain of 4,230 meters. The race starts in the town of La Villa and finishes in the town of Corvara while passing through the other villages such as of Badia, Arabba, and Canazei. The route is known for its steep and challenging climbs, with gradients reaching up to 12 percent. The views alone will blow your mind.

The Dolomite Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to their stunning natural beauty and unique geology. The region is characterized by towering peaks, rocky cliffs, and alpine meadows and is home to various wildlife and plant species. The Dolomites are also renowned for their cultural heritage, with a rich history of art, architecture, and cuisine that reflects the area’s unique blend of Italian and Austrian influences.

When off the bike, the Dolomites offer various alternative outdoor activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The region is famous for hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and skiing in the winter months. There are also numerous trails for mountain biking and opportunities for paragliding, rafting, and horseback riding. Be sure to take advantage of the plethora of huts and rifugios throughout the region that serve delicious traditional food and drink amongst the high alpine terrain.

The towns near the event, such as La Villa, Corvara, and Badia, are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere. They offer various accommodation options, from traditional alpine lodges to luxury hotels and a wide range of local restaurants and cafes. The region is also known for its lively cultural events, including traditional festivals, concerts, and theater performances.

For those traveling from abroad to the event via car, train, bus, or airplane should look into the most ideal way to get to the area. There are many options for accommodations as well as campgrounds and parking areas for campers.

Maratona dles Dolomites route profile
Maratona dles Dolomites route profile
Maratona dles Dolomites route profile


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