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The lottery draw has now taken place. Did you not get into the Maratona? Book with us now. Our packages with guaranteed entry included and 4 nights accommodation start from just £224 per person!
A jaw dropping 31,200 people have pre-registered for the 34th edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites in 2021. With only 9,000 places up for grabs, this means you have less than a 30% chance of getting a slot!
However, by booking with Sports Tours International, not only can you GUARANTEE yourself one of these sought-after entries, but you can also benefit from our range of expert services. We have years of cycle tour experience, and offer excellent accommodation (with secure bike storage) at a choice of 3 and 4* hotels, in ideal locations for the Maratona.
One of Italy’s oldest, biggest, and ‘most passionate’ Gran fondo cycling races, the Maratona dles Dolomites was first held in 1987. It was run to mark the first 10 years of the cycling club Societá Ciclistica Alta Badia-Raiffeisen. Only 166 riders participated in that inaugural event. Over the years the Maratona has grown exponentially, both in reputation and in the size of its field. Now the race features 9000 amateur riders, from over 70 countries, who flock to the iconic Dolomite mountain range each year to take on a cycling challenge like no other!
The event is unique, taking those who ride it on a once in a lifetime journey through the striking, jagged rock faces of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Italian Dolomites.
However, unlike at other events, everyone sets off together from the village of La Villa. The event starts at 6:30 am, and it takes around half an hour for all riders to pass the start. The Sellaronda route is completed first, featuring 4 mountain passes, after which riders can choose either to retire from the event, or to continue their Dolomites adventure.
The middle course covers a total of 106 kilometres, and takes in en route six stunning mountain passes.
The full Maratona course works as an extension of the preceding Sellaronda and Medium courses, and those who do take on the full course, will ride 138 kms throughout the course of the day, with a total altitude gain of over 4200 metres.
Over the years, the event has become a big deal in Italy, and is now shown on Italian television. On the day, enthusiastic crowds line the course, cheering on the riders in their thousands! This provides them with much needed motivation as they make their way through their individual cycling challenge.
With closed roads, on course nutrition and mechanical support, and some of the best scenery in the world, this event really is Italian cycling at its best!
Sports Tours International are proud to be an official tour operator for the 34th edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites. This means that, by booking with us, you can guarantee yourself an entry for the race (rather than taking the risk of missing out). You will also benefit from the support (and additional race perks) that come when you book with an expert team. We have nearly 50 years of sports travel support experience behind us and are determined that ‘Our experience will make yours!’
See for yourself what a trip with us to the Maratona looks like by viewing our Instagram highlight and Facebook Album from our 2019 trip
One of the main benefits of booking with a reputable travel tour provider is the sports travel expertise and security/ protection that comes with it. All of our travel packages are protected by ABTA and this means that, if, for whatever reason, your tour can no longer go ahead, you will be entitled to a refund if you are yet to travel, and hotel costs and transport home if you are already abroad. We also have a range of services that we can provide to our customers to further ensure peace of mind, and the smooth running of your trips, this is our range of Sports Travel Essentials. (Please click here to view our page.) These include our bespoke, sports specific travel insurance and online sports medical certification services.
NOTE – for the Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel 2021 we can NO LONGER accept cycling licenses. Each rider must be in possession of a valid medical certificate in order to participate.
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