You’d be better handing over your starting number to someone who appreciates the region they’re riding through. Go and do another race or try your luck as a professional. Why? Because the Maratona dles Dolomites offers the world’s most epic scenery, awe-inspiring roads, smooth tarmac and the best aid stations for those in the know. Of course, it’s acceptable to ride quickly, to grab the energy bars and munch through them as you grind your way along the route, but there’s another way and it involves slowing day, relishing the moment and savouring the seconds at the feed stations. Tuck into the strudel, cheese and process. South Tyrol is the embodiment of la dolce vita – and this is your chance to acquaint yourself with it.
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