Only The Brave
Liguria, 11 - 17 June 2023

Alta Via Stage Race is much more than just an mtb stage race. It’s an adven­ture, an expe­ri­ence, a chance to really live your sport and be close to nature, the landscapes and the his­tory of one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the Mediter­ranean: the Lig­urian coast and hills. It is an international event which, starting from the second edition in 2013, has attracted athletes from many European countries and from different continents.

Seven days, six stages, about 450 km of riding and 18.000 meters of climbing, almost entirely covered along the fascinating itinerary of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri. The 2023 edition focuses on Liguria di Ponente, between the Province of Genoa and the Province of Imperia, on the border with France: a new approach, motivated by the desire to offer participants the best that Ligurian territory offers in terms of itineraries, environments and landscapes, crossing the most beautiful areas of Ponente and Levante in alternating years.

Some stages of Alta Via Stage Race are entirely timed, from start to finish. Others include timed sections, which determine the rankings, and transfer sections that allow to catch breath and fully enjoy the experience.

On Sunday 11 June, in the late afternoon, there will be the now traditional prologue, to warm up muscles and enthusiasm! The prologue is a stage like any other: the travel time is added to the overall race time and determines the reverse starting order of the first stage.

The stage start is usually individual, with an interval of 30 seconds between one athlete and another. 

The minimum age to participate is 19 years old by 10 June 2023, while the maximum age is established at the age of 70.

You can choose between two registration modes - SOLO or COUPLE - and two participation formulas: HERO or WEEK END. Both formulas include an overnight stay in a tent inside the stage village set up by the staff. The tents are individual and are provided by the Organization.

Alta Via Stage Race 2023 is included in the calendar of the Sports Promotion Body CSAIn - Centri Sportivi Aziendali e Industriali.

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Route

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, competitors have at their dis­posal the mate­ri­als pro­vided by the Organization: maps, ele­va­tion pro­files and GPX 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 the GPX track remains the essential guide tool, therefore each Solo and each Couple must be equipped with a cartographic GPS and should be able to use it with confidence.

Formulas and Categories

Alta Via Stage Race 2023 allows you to choose between two different participation formulas, which meet different expectations and needs: HERO (6 stages) and WEEK END (3 stages).

Admitted categories: Open 19-34 / Open 35-49 / Open >50

Absolute rankings: Solo Men / Solo Women / Couples

There are also category rankings, based on gender and age.

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Services

Alta Via Stage Race is a full service race: the Organization takes care of every aspect of the event, whatever formula has been chosen. Participants have no other thought than to take care of their body and run giving the best of themselves.

Meals and overnight stay, mechanical and medical assistance, transport of bags and assembly of tents: every day the race direction follows the competitors and ensures the correct course of the stage, while the logistics staff reaches the location of the next stage and takes care of setting up the village.

In the evening, after spending the day on the saddle, the riders find the welcome they need to recover their energy: welcome refreshments with local products, the tent set up with the bags already placed inside, the hot shower, the possibility of recharging mobile phones and GPS, the evening meal, the briefing with the race direction to study the stage of the following day, musical entertainment.

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Alta Via dei Monti Liguri

Just a few kilometres from the famous Ligurian Riviera with its beaches and picturesque seaside villages, there are wild mountains, rich in woodland, meadows and fastrunning rivers. This evocative hill scenery has its own ancient rural traditions and is criss-crossed with thousands of kilometres of paths and mule tracks.

The Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (AVML) is a hiking trail which takes you along the length of the Ligurian mountains in 43 stages. It follows the Appenines and the Ligurian Alps, with the plains of Lombardia to one side and the sea on the other. The Alta Via provides a spectacular mountain outlook towards the sea.

Just a few kilometres from the famous Ligurian Riviera with its beaches and picturesque seaside villages, there are wild mountains, rich in woodland, meadows and fastrunning rivers. This evocative hill scenery has its own ancient rural traditions and is criss-crossed with thousands of kilometres of paths and mule tracks.

The Alta Via is mainly used by hillwalkers, but mountain bikers often use its pathways which are ideally suited to their sport. Some of the stages can be easily ridden for their whole length, in other stages the paths may be harder to navigate and then riders must deviate from the Alta Via, using the connecting paths between the coast and the high hills.

These inter­est­ing con­di­tions gave us in 2011 the ambi­tious idea of hold­ing a moun­tain bike com­pe­ti­tion along the Alta Via dei Monti Lig­uri: Alta Via Stage Race, a spec­tac­u­lar, unique and unfor­get­table race path, which will become a per­ma­nent cycle route which can be used by every­one who loves rid­ing on two wheels.


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