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Etna Marathon Tour

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Location:
Italy
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Entries open: 1 Jan 2018
Event dates:
4 Sep 2018 - 5 day event
± 10 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Mongibello MTB Team
Race Director:
Maurizio
Email:
info@etnamarathontour.it

Etna Marathon Tour

Five days and five stages of pure mountain bike on the slopes of the highest active volcano in Europe. A race only for fifty teams which will challenge themselves from the base of the main crater to the end of the famous Milo’s single tracks. Through ancient lava flows, extinguished craters, woods which are thousands of years old, lunar landscape and thick vegetation. And again rocks, volcanic sand, single track, very hard climbs and tricky downhills, with the breath of Mount Etna in the background. One timed prologue and four stages with over 260 kilometers of off road and 8,000 metres of vertical gain.

All this is Etna Marathon Tour, a challenge to the Volcano. A new exciting adventure on your mountain bike as never before.
You will discover the true essence of mountain biking, single track and volcanic soil, all seasoned with the sun, food and wine of Sicily.

50 teams, 100 bikers, Mount Etna, a volcanic challenge

Mount Etna is a great place for biking. You can find unique breathtaking scenery on this fantastic 3300 m a.s.l high mountain with views which allow visitors to admire the whole Sicilian landscape. Mount Etna is rich in both flora and fauna, hosting many plants typical to Etna and wildlife such as foxes, snakes, royal eagles and wild cats. Ride through oak and pine forests as well as old lava flows to experience Etna’s varied scenery on rides taking you practically all the way round Etna from the southern to northern slopes on the high mountain (altamontana) route from the Melia (1700m a.s.l.) to Rifugio Brunek.

You can get the chance to ride up to Etna’s craters from Rifugio Sapienza (1900 m a.s.l.) to 2900 m a.s.l. and then descend down its northern slopes towards Piano Provenzana ski station (1900 m a.s.l.)on a superb long descent. Besides getting the chance to ride the infamous and extremely tough Etna MX course near the picturesque village Milo on Etna’s wooded eastern foothills, with its tough climbs and fast technical descents, plus it’s the setting for the 2013 Italian MTB Marathon championships. Here you will ride beside old lava flows, through Chestnut, Oak, Pine and even Silver Birch tree woods. All in all, this is the perfect way to see Etna’s varied landscape.

Etna Marathon Tour – http://www.etnamarathontour.it/

 

Weather conditions

Season: Summer

Route Information

Distance:
265km
Ascent:
8300m

Terrain

Ancient lava flows, extinguished craters, woods which are thousands of years old, lunar landscape and thick vegetation. Rocks, volcanic sand, single track, very hard climbs and tricky downhills.

Technical Rating: 7

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
24km
1350m
Prologue - Milo to Pineta Ragabo Etna North
2:
61km
1950m
Pineta Ragabo Etna North - Rifugio SapienzaEtna South
3:
51km
1580m
Rifugio Sapienza Etna South - Rifugio Sapienza Etna South
4:
80km
1800m
Rifugio Sapienza Etna South - Randazzo
5:
50km
1650m
Randazzo - Milo

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R3510 to 11000 / EUR235

RACE STANDARD
€ 235 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018
€ 265 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018
€ 295 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018
What’s included The privilege to cycle in a unique environment declared World Heritage by UNESCO Race organisation Race entry Race insurance Bib number Evening briefing before each stage Race timing service Medical care Mechanical assistance at the start of each stage Feed zones on the course Arrival feed zone at the end of each stage Race kit/goodie bag Etna Marathon Tour finisher t-shirt (for all finishers) Free entry for the Etna Marathon UCI World Series race on the 22nd September 2018
ALL INCLUSIVE
€ 595 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018
€ 660 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018
€ 740 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018
What’s included Standard Race Package plus: Accommodation for five overnight stays in two or three-star hotels (or similar standard B&Bs) in double rooms with a teammate Five breakfasts Five typical Sicilian dinners with local wine. Other beverages excluded Luggage transport Transfer to/from hotels to race start (when necessary) All Inclusive package services start with dinner on Monday 3rd and finish with breakfast on Saturday 8th.

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