Maratona dles Dolomites
The Maratona dles Dolomites is the Eleven Cities Tour of the Dolomites. Rows of spectators stand in front of the 9000 participants from 40 countries and the event is broadcast live on the Italian channel RAI. For riders who don't speak Italian, the incentives from the side may initially seem hostile, but don't worry: ' dai ' means ' go '. The verbal help is more than welcome, because the most important Italian Gran Fondo (cyclosportive) is a tough job. For that reason, the organization has structured the ride in such a way that after 55 kilometers, 4 passes and 1780 meters of altitude it is possible to stop and still get a medal for the Sella Ronda. Participants who drive on, have the choice twenty kilometers later to do the middle distance (106 km, 6 passes and 3090 altitude meters) or the total Maratona dles Dolomites (138 kilometers, 7 passes and a height difference of 4190 meters). The group that chooses the latter also climbs the steepest mountain of the day, the Passo di Giau (9.9 km at 9.3% on average). Heavy snowfall on this impressive peak led to the cancellation of the Maratona in 1989, which was held for the first time two years earlier with 166 participants.