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Arno Mussner, Egon Engl, Bettina Ravanelli, Stefan Fink and Christiane Warasin (from left) from the OK team.

A highlight for amateur cyclists

South Tyrol is a cycling paradise. This is proven not only by the countless tourists who go on cycling tours all over the country, but also by the cycling events that take place every summer. One of the largest and most traditional is the Giro delle Dolomiti.

The 47th edition, which will take place from 22 to 26 July, was presented to the public on Thursday at a press conference at the Hotel Mondschein in Bolzano.

In just over a month, the time has come: the 47th edition of the Giro delle Dolomiti will be kicked off in Bolzano. The cycling race premiered in 1948 and has taken place almost every year since then, with only a few exceptions. For three years, the non-profit organisation ASD Giro delle Dolomiti Bettina Ravanelli as president. She was also the one who directed the press conference at the Hotel Mondschein in the old town of Bolzano.

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With a total length of 484 kilometers and a whopping 10.488 meters of elevation, divided into five different stages, the Giro delle Dolomiti once again offers the opportunity to get to know and enjoy various parts of South Tyrol. The timed "Crono" sections are 33,6 kilometers long and 2655 meters high. This year, the logistical center of the entire Giro delle Dolomiti is once again the Bolzano Trade Fair - a partnership that has existed for years. The opening will also take place here in the south of the state capital on Sunday, July 21st, where all participants will be informed about the rules and details via briefings. On July 26th, after the last stage, the winners will be awarded prizes at the Bolzano Trade Fair and a closing ceremony will be held for all cyclists.

These are the five stages

The Giro delle Dolomiti will get its sporting kick-off on Monday, July 22nd with a stage on the Ritten. From Bolzano, the route goes to the nearby high plateau, via Waidbruck back down and then to Kastelruth on the Seiser Alm, before returning to Bolzano. The next day, on Tuesday, July 23rd, one of the highlights is the Sellaronda. This time, the start is in Waidbruck, from where the cyclists cycle to the Val Gardena. The route goes clockwise around the Sella massif before returning to Waidbruck.

Wednesday, July 24th will be particularly challenging. The participants will travel by bus from Bolzano to Dobbiaco. From there they will cycle towards Cortina d'Ampezzo. Under the world-famous Three Peaks, they will go from Auronzo to the Gemärkpass and back to Dobbiaco. Thursday, July 25th will be all about the king's stage to the Würzjoch. From Bolzano via St. Peter in Villnöß they will go to the aforementioned pass, via Lüsen and Brixen they will then tackle Bolzano again. The fifth and final stage on Friday, July 26th will go from Bolzano to Steinegg, then continue to the Karerpass and via Tiers back to Bolzano, where the 47th Giro delle Dolomiti will be ceremoniously concluded at the mass.

A multicultural field of participants

The Giro Guest is also being held again this year for the cyclists' companions. With four different excursions, which were developed in collaboration with the tourism experts from laifain experiences, they will be shown the region of South Tyrol in all its facets. For a price of 300 euros, you can take part in all excursions, and a fee of 75 euros must be paid for individual stages. Registration for the tour is still open, participation in all five stages costs 650 euros, and the registration fee per stage is 130 euros.

The stages of the 47th Giro delle Dolomiti:

Stage 1 – Ritten (Monday, 22 July)
Distance: 75 km
Difference in altitude: 1748 m
Timed section: 7,3 km/631 hm

Stage 2 - Sellaronda (Tuesday, July 23)
Distance: 107 km
Difference in altitude: 3100 m
Timed section: 7,9 km/550 hm

Stage 3 – Three Peaks (Wednesday, July 24)
Distance: 80 km
Difference in altitude: 1716 m
Timed section: 5,5 km/431 hm

Stage 4 – Würzjoch (Thursday, July 25)
Distance: 137 km
Difference in altitude: 2000 m
Timed section: 7,8 km/553 hm

Stage 5 – Steinegg (Friday, 26 July)
Distance: 85 km
Difference in altitude: 1924 m
Timed section: 5,1 km/500 hm

Total distance: 484 km/10.488 m altitude
Total distance of the timed sections: 33,6 km/2665 m altitude

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