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Appenninica MTB Stage Race – Italy

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Event dates:
12 Sep 2021 - 7 day event
± 11 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
ASD Happy Trail MTB
Race Director:
Beppe Salerno

Appenninica MTB Stage Race


Appenninica MTB Pietra di Bismantova


The Appenninica MTB Stage Race #inEmiliaRomagna takes place along the Apennine ridge between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

The format of the race consists of single riders (SOLO) with both a general classification (men and women) and category classification by age (men and women together).

The Appenninica MTB Stage Race is a competitive race that offers both beautiful trails and spectacular rides on the ridge. Our mountains offer all the ingredients to host the most important MTB event of its kind in Italy.

The Apennines of Emilia Romagna are a paradise for all outdoors lovers. Go to the webpage of Emilia Romagna and discover our local partners.

The riders will face a hard challenge, creating lasting memories and the satisfaction of having achieved something truly extraordinary.

Participants are coming from all continents for the 2021 edition between September 12 and September 18. The number of participants is limited to 150.

The race facts by the numbers certainly do not pale in comparison with the now celebrated international races that started the movement of MTB stage racing such as the TransAlp (eastern Alps), TransRockies (Canada), and Cape Epic (South Africa). The distance to tackle is 450km with an elevation gain of about 15.000m.

The race will take place over 7 stages. There will be an inaugural stage (not a prologue, but a long time trial), and two stages over 90 km. In between, several tough stages that will provide some fun technical riding.

The cities hosting the Race Village of the Appenninica will offer the participants a warm welcome and – without a doubt – the best Italian cuisine of any MTB races.

General Facts

  • Name: Appenninica MTB Stage Race
  • Date: 12.09 – 18.09, 2021
  • Edition: Third
  • Destination partner: The region of Emilia Romagna
  • Number of stages: 7 stages
  • Category: Men, Women, Master, Grand Master (see the categories)
  • Cost per rider: Euro 1.090/1.290/1.490 (go to registration page)
  • Registration opens: November 15th, 2020
  • Race distance: 450km (approximate)
  • Elevation gain: 15.000m (approximate)
  • Starting location: Porretta Terme (BO)
  • Arrival location: Castelnovo ne’ Monti (RE)

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The event was incredible – from the amazing riding to the breathtaking scenery. The atmosphere and the vibe that you created at the race was just brilliant, and I feel so very fortunate to have been involved in the first year of Appenninica.

Sophie Hemming UK

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