JUST A FEW MORE HOURS AND THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE ALTA VIA STAGE RACE WILL KICK OFF

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JUST A FEW MORE HOURS AND THE FIFTH EDI­TION OF THE ALTA VIA STAGE RACE WILL KICK OFF

It will be a 500-​km-​long bat­tle in the sad­dle. One hun­dred com­peti­tors from eight coun­tries are ready to ride across the Lig­uria region once again, along the ridge trail Alta Via dei Monti Lig­uri. And for this edi­tion, in good com­pany with the run­ners of the I-​Lavet.

It is almost go! time at the fifth edi­tion of the Alta Via Stage Race, the endurance mountain-​bike stage race sched­uled to take place between the 18th and the 25th June along the ridge trail Alta Via dei Monti Lig­uri. The start will be at 9:30 on Sat­ur­day 18th, in Bolano.

At the start­ing line there will be one hun­dred ath­letes from eight coun­tries from all over Europe and some wel­come comebacks.

Switzerland’s Pas­cal Gun­ter­sperger (Pro­mo­tion –Tools Team), third in the over­all at the last edi­tion will be back to do even bet­ter this year, as much as Juan Josè Adell Sabate (Club Ciclista Catalunya Sud Team) from Spain, fifth in 2015. To make even more excit­ing the fight for the top posi­tions in the Hero For­mat race, from Turin, also Flavio Coluc­cio, last year’s win­ner of the Cou­ples cat­e­gory together with Emil­iano Amal­berti and Eros Bessone, win­ner of the Week­end race for­mat, both of the Brike Bike Team will be there. Many other rac­ers will take part to the stage race; among them two loyal AVSR enthu­si­asts and rid­ers with a proper knowl­edge of these places, the Lig­urian Alessan­dro Man­to­vani and Andrea Seg­reti, to whom the orga­niz­ers wish good luck for this new adventure.

The race course of this 2016 edi­tion is going to have it all and dur­ing these last hours has even under­gone a few more changes. At this link you will be able to find the lat­est tracks and ele­va­tion profiles.

Not only the 500km-​long race course across the Lig­urian hin­ter­land is going to be incred­i­bly panoramic and scenic, but it will offer a never-​ending mix of for­est roads, single-​tracks, mule tracks, steep slopes to tackle with some portage (even if reduced com­pared to the past edi­tions) and some links over asphalt. It is going to be crack­ing good fun!

This year an event of trail run­ning, the I-​Lavet, will be twinned with the bike race. They will take place side by side, shar­ing a lot of the race course and, most of all, the loca­tions of the eight overnight stops.

Along their adven­ture the ath­letes will be hosted in Bolano, Sesta Godano, Rez­zoaglio, Livel­lato, Sas­sello, in Pian dei Corsi and Pian dell’Arma moun­tain refuges, in Pigna and Airole, with a mas­sive effort of the Asso­ci­a­tion Ospi­tal­ità Alta Via and of the many vol­un­teers such as those of CAI, FIE, VAB, Civil Pro­tec­tion, Alpinos, Pro Loco and other local associations.

Alta Via Stage Race can­not wait to kick off for this great new adven­ture across Liguria