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In the late-July days when the Appenninica MTB 2020 edition was first supposed to take place, Italian pro rider Andrea Tiberi traveled to the Apennines to discover what the course of Appenninica MTB experience will hold for the riders from September 27th to 3rd, 2020: An electrifying mix of mountains, trails and stunning views on one of the most unspoiled areas in Italy.
He has got an Italian National Championship and an Olympic race participation to his name over a long top-level career in cross country MTB, but calling Andrea Tiberi “just” a Pro rider would miss a significant part of the whole story. Tiberi’s deep love for cycling and adventure is what brought him wandering around the Alps for the pure sake of discovery. Tiberi’s trip, focused on two of the most anticipated stages of the race: the third, starting and finishing in Fanano, and the fourth, the Queen stage, with no less than 105 km and 4.200 meters of elevation gain from Fanano to Castelnovo ne’ Monti, just under the iconic Bismantova Rock.
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 kilometres distributed over seven stages, with steep climbs and technical descents, for an elevation gain of about 16 thousand meters. 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 from: a breath-taking landscape and a typical Italian atmosphere, which make “Appenninica” a truly unique experience.