Alta Via Stage Race is much more than just a race. It’s an adven­ture, an expe­ri­ence, a chance to really live your sport and be close to nature, the coun­try­side and the his­tory of one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the Mediter­ranean — the Lig­urian coast and hills. You will travel the length of the Alta Via — the spine — of the Lig­urian moun­tains, start­ing from the Province of La Spezia and cycle along the top of the Appenines and the Lig­urian Alps, until you reach the Province of Impe­ria, on the bor­der with France. You will pass through very var­ied coun­try­side and along some tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult tracks.

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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, the Teams have at their dis­posal the mate­ri­als pro­vided by the orga­ni­za­tion (maps, road books, ele­va­tion pro­files and GPS tracks). GPS tracks are the essen­tial tool to fol­low the path, so each Team must be equipped with a satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and should be able to use it with confidence.

Alta Via Stage Race 2015 can be rid­den in four dif­fer­ent ways: two com­pet­i­tive for­mu­las, with overnight stay in tent (the clas­sic HERO for­mula, with nine days and eight stages, and the already tried and tested WEEK­END for­mula, which pro­vides only the last three stages) and two non-​competitive for­mu­las, with overnight stay in accom­mo­da­tion facil­i­ties: the new FUN, with nine days and eight stages, and the ONE DAY, which pro­vides a sin­gle stage).

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As for the com­pet­i­tive for­mu­las, every day there will be an awards cer­e­mony for the stage win­ners (Solo and Cou­ples cat­e­gories). The lead­ing Teams in the over­all cat­e­gories will receive lead­ers’ jer­seys. At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion, the top fin­ish­ers in each cat­e­gory will receive qual­ity local prod­ucts and free stays at the accom­mo­da­tion facil­i­ties belong­ing to the Asso­ci­a­tion Ospi­tal­ità Alta Via dei Monti Lig­uri, main part­ner of Sports Asso­ci­a­tion Lig­uri­avven­tura in the orga­ni­za­tion of Alta Via Stage Race.

The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion relates to the HERO for­mula, the main way of par­tic­i­pa­tion in Alta Via Stage Race. The FUN for­mula dif­fers only for overnight (in hotel and not in tent). The WEEK­END for­mula (in tent) and the ONE DAY for­mula (in hotel) last less days.

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Edi­tion Fourth
Date Fri­day 12 — Sat­ur­day 20 June 2015
Venue Lig­uria (Italy)
Num­ber of stages 8
Total lenght 500 km
Ele­va­tion gain (uphill) 19.000 m
Check in Fri­day 12 June 2015 — from 16.00 to 18.00
Start Sat­ur­day 13 June 2015 — 10.00
Fin­ish Sat­ur­day 20 June 2015 — 13.00
Spe­cial equip­ment Each team must be equipped with a GPS instru­ment for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the race track

More info: http://www.altaviastagerace.com/