The Maratona dles Dolomites is the queen of grandfondos. It’s gruelling, beautiful, fun, overwhelming, unforgettable. It’s breathtaking, both figuratively and literally. And for an amateur rider, there’s simply nothing else like it. In fact, the scale of it is probably enough to shock a lot of lower level pros.
These roads have seen grand battles between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, bore witness to the genius of Eddy Merckx and carried the late Marco Pantani to glory. These mountains stand as immovable monuments to the greats of cycling’s past and the stars of its future, yet to come.
More than 9,000 riders take part, with an electric atmosphere, bands and fans lining the roadside, with camera crews, photographers on motorbikes and helicopters overhead. It’s even broadcast live on Italian TV. There’s simply nothing else like it. Our Maratona Weekender distills as much action as possible into four incredible days of riding, all in preparation for what should be the most unforgettable ride of your life.