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    The Maratona dles Dolomites is more than just a sportive, it’s a festival of cycling, a truly unique experience.

  • A small group of friends riding together through the beautiful scenery of the Maratona dles Dolomites. Photo Credit: Freddy Planinschek.

    The climbs soon settle all the riders down and you will be able to find small groups who are climbing at your pace.

Maratona dles Dolomites 2016

The Maratona dles Dolomites is a beautiful granfondo on a testing course in the Italian Dolomites mountain range.

The full 138km Maratona course takes riders over five 2,000m+ passes and the saw tooth profile means you are either ascending or descending throughout the day.

The readers of Cycling Weekly rated the Maratona dles Dolomites 3rd favorite international sportive behind the Etape du Tour and La Marmotte.

Looming large on the course profile are the Passo Giau (2,236m over 9.9km at 9.3%) and Passo Valparola (2,200m over 11.5km at 5.8%); make no mistake this is right up there with La Marmotte and Nove Colli for difficulty.

For many cyclists the Maratona is a ‘must do’ and it’s proximity to Venice and the Adriatic coast means a Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday can be combined with some sightseeing too.

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The Maratona dles Dolomites is the most popular cycling sportive in Italy

Riders climbing the Passo Campolongo at the start of the Maratona dles Dolomites

Maratona dles Dolomites Event Details

  • Date: Sunday July 3rd 2016
  • Distances: 138km (Maratona), 106km (Middle) and 55km (Sellaronda)
  • Cyclists: 9,000+ riders start
  • Established since: 1987
  • Start: La Villa, Italy
  • Finish: Corvara, Italy
  • Nearest Airport: Alta Badia is the host town and Bolzano, Treviso and Venice airports are all options
  • Accommodation: Brevet’s Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday

Maratona dles Dolomites Course Preview

Maratona dles Dolomites Course Profile

There are three sportive distances to choose from including the full Gran Fondo “Maratona” length course. All of the routes start at La Villa and finish at Corvara, so you will not miss any of the pre or post race atmosphere if you choose to take on one of the shorter distances. As you can imagine cycling in the Dolomites involves plenty of climbing and the saw tooth profiles are testament to how challenging this gran fondo is!

  • Maratona: 138km with 4,190m of climbing
  • Middle: 106km with 3,090m of climbing
  • Sellaronda: 55km with 1,780m of climbing
The 138km Maratona dles Dolomites course is a who's who of famous Italian Dolomites climbs.

The 138km Maratona dles Dolomites course is a who’s who of famous Italian Dolomites climbs.

The full maratona distance includes five 2,000m+ passes or “Passo” in Italian:

2016 Maratona dles Dolomites Holiday

Brevet’s Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday includes a route recce on the famous Sella Ronda course as well as a great day out climbing the infamous Passo Giau.

Our fully supported tour includes a 6:1 client to guide ratio and support from a team car on all training rides in the days building up to Maratona 2016.

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2016 Maratona dles Dolomites Entry

Places for the Maratona sell out immediately. At Brevet we have a limited number of guaranteed Maratona 2016 entries.

Training for Maratona dles Dolomites 2016

A quick look at the course profile welcomes you nicely to the reality of cycling in the mountains. The Dolomites provide an inspirational backdrop to this gran fondo and training consistently in advance of the big day will help you appreciate the views more.

The key to cycling up (and down) challenging mountain cols is experience. There are many long steady hills in the Maratona and it’s essential to build up experience of ascending climbs for up to 60 minutes at a steady, controllable cadence.

Get in shape for the Maratona with our 12 Week Maratona dles Dolomites Training Plan

Descending should also not be underestimated and it’s a good idea to focus on your descents rather than just using it as a freewheel recovery. Practicing lines around corners, refueling with water and energy products and getting in some back and leg stretches are all useful exercises to practice in advance so that you descend safely and intelligently come race day.

When you are in training for a challenging sportive it is very important to be consistent. Your body will adjust best to consistent training efforts, making continual improvements and changes if you train and rest consistently.

Maratona dles Dolomites Training Tips

  1. CYCLEFILM have a great full length Maratona dles Dolomites recon DVD version of the preview above for £7.99; perfect for indoor turbo or roller training
  2. Use this free Maratona dles Dolomites Training Plan and set training dates with mates for peer pressure – train consistently
  3. Book your Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday before places run out!

Maratona dles Dolomites Training Plan

Sportive Training Plan

To climb the Passo Pordoi with style you’ll need to follow a sportive training plan

Are you in training for the Maratona dles Dolomites? Use our free 12 week Maratona dles Dolomites Training Plan to get you in the best possible shape for the Maratona. Simply fill the form below and we’ll send you your free training plan:

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