Alta Via Stage Race - Info



Alta Via Stage Race is much more than just a race. It’s an adven­ture, an expe­ri­ence, a chance to really live your sport and be close to nature, the coun­try­side and the his­tory of one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the Mediter­ranean — the Lig­urian coast and hills. You will travel the length of the Alta Via — the spine — of the Lig­urian moun­tains, start­ing from the Province of La Spezia and cycle along the top of the Appenines and the Lig­urian Alps, until you reach the Province of Impe­ria, on the bor­der with France. You will pass through very var­ied coun­try­side and along some tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult tracks.

The race route isn’t marked by strips, in line with the respect for the envi­ron­ment and the adven­tur­ous nature of the event: to ori­ent them­selves, the Teams have at their dis­posal the mate­ri­als pro­vided by the orga­ni­za­tion (maps, ele­va­tion pro­files and GPS tracks). At cru­cial points and at the main junc­tions, a trac­ing with col­ored eco­log­i­cal spray paint will be per­formed, to facil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pants and allow them to run safely. How­ever, GPS tracks remain the essen­tial guid­ing tool, so each Team must be equipped with a satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and should be able to use it with confidence.

Alta Via Stage Race 2020 can be rid­den in four dif­fer­ent for­mu­las, which meet dif­fer­ent expec­ta­tions and needs: HERO, WEEK­END, E-​RACE (com­pet­i­tive) and FUN (non-​competitive). Stages’ path is dif­fer­ent for the HERO /​-WEEK END for­mu­las, which fol­low the 100% race track, and the FUN /​-E-​RACE for­mu­las, which fol­low it at 70% and pro­vide for varia­tions to avoid portage sections.

This year all the ath­letes can choose between two modes: EASY, which allows them to orga­nize their overnight stays and lug­gage trans­port autonomously, and VIL­LAGE, which includes the orga­ni­za­tion of the overnight stays and the lug­gage trans­port by our staff.

All the for­mu­las are divided into SOLO and COU­PLE cat­e­gories (nec­es­sary para­me­ter for assign­ing the num­ber plates and accom­mo­da­tion in tents or rooms), but only the com­pet­i­tive for­mu­las HERO, WEEK­END, E-​RACE are fur­ther divided by age and gen­der (nec­es­sary para­me­ter for race rankings).

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Alta Via dei Monti Liguri

Dis­cover the sug­ges­tive path of Alta Via dei Monti Lig­uri! It’s a ridge trail born in func­tion of hik­ing, but also suit­able for moun­tain bik­ing, which takes you along the length of the Lig­urian moun­tains in 43 stages, fol­low­ing the water­shed between the Padan Plain and the sea.