MTB Race Through the Heart of Italy: Appenninica 2020

The MTB stage race taking place in Italy, in the Emilian Apennines, is warming up for an exciting second edition of Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race, and the countdown to July 19th has started.

The Emilian Apennines will welcome bikers from all over the world for a seven-day MTB race, looking to continue in the wake of the success of last year’s first edition. Again, this year, hard work will be expected from the riders to earn the cherished finisher’s medal: given the profile of the Italian Apennines, an area still largely unexplored by the MTB world, that could have been taken for granted.

From the first edition, the organizers chose for a demanding course, putting a strain on the riders’ capabilities, but also giving them every chance to realize what they are surrounded by a breathtaking landscape and a typical Italian atmosphere, which makes “Appenninica” a truly unique experience. It is more than a race, a real adventure to discover the territory, each rider’s limits, the authentic values that can be found in living a week fully immersed in the “big family” of Appenninica.

Expect a challenging and intense race that will be remembered beyond the final result, just like the Cape Epic, the South African stage race that is considered the most important in this specific sector. Considering Appenninica “the Italian Cape Epic” might sound ambitious, but not out of place.

two riders traverse a technical trail during the Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race in Italy

The Appenninica Race Information

The route follows, wherever possible, the MTB trail of the Alta Via dei Parchi that leads all over to Tuscany, touching the provinces of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, and Parma. The bikers will face a total of 460 kilometers distributed over seven stages, with steep climbs and technical descents, for an elevation gain of about 16 thousand meters. Saturday, July 25th, with 40 kilometers in the background of the Boschi di Carrega park, that is sure to be remembered for the ride through the courtyards of historical villas, home to Maria Luigia (duchess of Parma and Napoleon’s wife).

To take part in Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race, you need to register online on the official website:

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