The first edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites took place in 1987. 166 Cyclists from Italy, Germany and Austria took part at the race.
The number of participants increased from year to year. In 1990 it was just under 1,000 participants. In the mid-1990s there were just over 6,000 interested cyclists admitted to the event.
A marvellous day greeted the 9.302 athletes from 64 countries. The Maratona 2015 was confirmed once again as even more of an international event. The theme of the race ‘Forgiveness’, demonstrated that it was a far-ranging event that touched all our sensibilities. There is no beauty without awareness. And the Maratona is a constant invitation to ride with strong legs and an open mind.
The theme chosen for the 30th Maratona dles Dolomites is JOURNEY. Learn more about the itinerary here.
“Journey means discovering new places, new environments. But it is also dialogue, enrichment and contamination. The most important trip however is the one inside us. We are made of relationships. We are relationships with others. Journey sometimes heals life’s wounds. Journey makes us light, free from weights, removes barriers and reduces things to the essential. It can distract magic spells, as Rimbaud wrote, and hearten: “I had to travel, to distract the magic spells clustered in my brain. On the ocean, that ocean which I loved as if it were bound to wash away some contamination from me, I would see the consoling cross rise”.
What really counts is a trip towards beauty, invisible to a distracted man. Beauty can be found if we are beautiful within. The action of looking is a finding in itself. Heartfelt wishes to all of us, may our travel time be a time of forgiveness, simple and true things. Like silent steps in the mountains, hopes and dreams that never end.” M.Costa
The next Maratona dles Dolomites will take place on Sunday July 3, 2016. To learn more visit: https://www.dolomitemountains.com/en/summer_fall_trips/bike3235.htm