During today’s press conference in Trento, the double appointment of the UCI Mountain Bike World Series 2023 in Trentino with the World Cups in Val di Fassa and Val di Sole was presented, unveiling the Fassana enduro race course.
Val di Fassa is eagerly preparing to host the spectacular stage of the UCI Enduro World Cup, which will take place on June 24-25 on the trails of the Val di Fassa Bike District. As the fifth event of the season, following the thrilling Swiss stage in Leogang, the World Cup stage moves to the stunning backdrop of the Trentino Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With the event just around the corner and athletes already arriving in Canazei, the race course has just been announced. In total, the enduro race participants will tackle 5 special stages covering a distance of 44 km with a negative elevation of 2,935 meters. Two of the most beloved and iconic stages in Val di Fassa will not be missed: the legendary “Tutti Frutti” (Stage4), featuring nearly 6 km of trail and a vertical drop of 900 meters, starting from the scenic ridge of Col Rodella and descending close to the town of Canazei, and the technical “Titans” (Stage1), a 3 km descent with an elevation drop of approximately 700 meters in the Ciapac area.
The final stage, Stage5 “Ciasates,” will conclude in the Event Village area, surrounded by the warmth of the cheering spectators.
While the athletes will utilize the ski lifts to overcome a significant portion of the uphill sections, spectators will have the opportunity to use the FassaLift cable cars to reach the most scenic viewpoints to follow the action.
The main ski lifts available to the public are three and conveniently located near the Event Village. The Ciampac cable car in Alba di Canazei allows access to the upper part of the Stage 2 “Titans” special stage. The Canazei – Pecol cable car in Canazei, within walking distance from the paddock area, provides access to the start of Stage 3 “Electric Line,” while the Col Rodella gondola lift in Campitello di Fassa leads to the spectacular start of Stage 4 “Tutti Frutti.”
For more information about the Enduro and E-Enduro routes, maps are available at the following link.
But today, the focus was on Trento, where the press conference was held in collaboration with Val di Sole – the next stage of the UCI MTB World Series – at the headquarters of Trentino Marketing.
Trentino, the official sponsor of both world events, has always been the stage for major sporting events and is now also a land of off-road cycling, being one of the few regions in the world to host four out of the five disciplines that are part of the world series: Cross Country, Short Track, Downhill, and Enduro, including its electric version, E-EDR.
Paolo Grigolli, Director of APT Val di Fassa, emphasized the goals of the Enduro World Cup, including raising awareness of Val di Fassa and Trentino as a mountain biking destination, extending the summer season, and promoting growth and collaboration among local entrepreneurs and stakeholders. “In Val di Fassa, we also focus on a rapidly growing segment by promoting the development of e-biking, an adrenaline-rich and adventurous practice that is not necessarily extreme and does not require specific sports facilities,” says Grigolli.
Andrea Weiss, President of the Grandi Eventi Val di Fassa Society, highlighted the importance of sports events and sponsorships in promoting tourism and enhancing the Val di Fassa brand. “The new company, Val di Fassa Grandi Eventi, aims to support organizations that are already successfully organizing events in our valley and to be a reference point for new initiatives,” Weiss states.
In conclusion, William Basilico, Race Director of the Fassa Bike Organizing Committee, emphasizes the importance of the event’s certification as an Eco Event Trentino: “The recognition of enduro as an official UCI discipline has catapulted Val di Fassa and Trentino among the world’s best cycling destinations. We are honored to be part of this great movement and we will strive to offer the best of our trails, with a vision focused on sustainability and the protection of the magnificent Dolomite landscape.”