velothon_wales_logoFollowing its successful debut event in 2015, Velothon Wales will return to South Wales on Sunday 22nd May 2016.

General entries for the closed-road sportivewill go on sale from 9am onMonday 30th November but anyone who pre-registers their interest at before midnight on Sunday 22nd November will have access to a priority window to claim one of 10,000 discounted entries at £59. These discounted entries will go on sale at 9am on Monday 23ndNovember.

Up to 18,000 riders will be able to take part in the UK’s second-biggest sportive along a spectacular 140km route on completely closed roads through South Wales. With over 20,000 pre-registrations to date, entries are once again likely to sell out in a matter of weeks.

Full details of the 2016 route and road closures will be released in early 2016,however it is likely to be similar to the spectacular 140km route in 2015 -which was rated as excellent by 76% of participants.

Nextyear’s event will be delivered by Run 4 Wales, the major events team behind the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon andthe forthcomingIAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016.

Intensive planning work has been underway since the first Velothon Wales in June this year to minimise disruption to the public during the 2016 event. There will be much earlier and wider engagement with residents and businesses affected, enabling everyone to plan ahead more effectively.

Matt Newman, Run 4 Wales chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be deliveringnext year’s Velothon Wales.“2015 was a fantastic event and with our local expertise we believe together we can host an even bigger and better Velothon Wales in 2016.

“As with all new events there are areas where improvements can be made and we will certainly be taking these recommendations on board. Run 4 Wales have a proven track record of delivering high-quality events in Wales and Velothon Wales is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”

In addition to the popular mass participation sportive, Velothon Wales will also host a UCI sanctioned 1.1 professional road race which is expected to welcome some of the world’s biggest teams and riders.

The sportive has the continued backing of the British Cycling, Welsh Cycling, Welsh Government and the five local authorities involved in the route, Cardiff Council, Newport City Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Torfaen County Borough Council.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates,said: “The first Velothon Wales was a unique and exciting opportunity to showcase Wales to the world.

“It was fantastic to see so many people coming out in support along the route and giving all participants, including those cycling for charity, a warm Welsh welcome.

“We had some excellent feedback from participants who enjoyed the atmosphere and the event but 2015 was the first time for this major closed road cycling event to take place and we learnt some valuable lessons in terms of minimising disruption to busy communities. With the benefit of experience, we now look forward to working with Run 4 Wales and local partners as they delivera bigger and better event for 2016.

“Next year is the Year of Adventure in Wales which will celebrate all we have to offer as an adventure destination.The Velothon is an excellent opportunity for people to sign up and get training for their own personal challenge and to take part in Year of Adventure 2016.”

Jonny Clay, British Cycling Cycle Sport and Membership Director, commented:“Coupling international level road racing and mass participation events has proved to be a very exciting and successful addition to the traditional standalone inspirational road race, and that was again demonstrated at this year’s inaugural Velothon Wales.

“The event is a welcome addition to the cycling calendar and we have been working closely with the organisers to ensure that next year’s event provides an exceptional and memorable experience for the thousands of riders who take part.”

Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise at the City of Cardiff Council said: “I am pleased that Velothon Wales 2016 will be coming to Cardiff again next year.

“Cardiff has an excellent reputation at hosting high profile sporting events to the highest standards and we look forward to working with neighbouring authorities and the organisers of this event to make it even more successful than last year.”

Bob Wellington CBE, leader of Torfaen council, said: “The Velothon Wales was a huge success and many residents entered into the spirit of the event, coming out to watch and support the riders as they passed through the borough.

“We have fed back our suggestions to improve the event and the engagement with local people, and we are looking forward to welcoming the riders to Torfaen again in 2016.”

Newport City Councilsaid: “Cycling is an important part of Newport’s sporting life as it is home to the Wales National Velodrome and it has hosted successful training camps for major competitions such as the Olympics.

“The Velothon has the potential to bea great event for the city. We aresure that the organisers have learnt the lessons from last year’s inaugural event and will give information to residents and businesses in plenty of time for them to prepare for the 2016 Velothon.”

Cllr Keith Reynolds, Leader of Caerphilly Council said: “We are pleased to be working with the new delivery team after seeking reassurance that lessons will be learnt from this year’s inaugural event.
We will consult affected businesses and communities as we did last year once we receive detailed road closure proposals from the organisers.

“We look forward to working with the team to build on the success of Velothon 2015 and recognise that events like this help put our area on the map, but we want to ensure that we maximise the benefits whilst minimising disruption to local people.”

Cllr Bob Greenland, deputy leaderof MonmouthshireCounty Council, said: “Monmouthshire officers have been working extremely hard with organisers of the 2016 Velothon to ensure that lessons learnt from the 2015 race can be incorporated into next year's event. Having listened to feedback, an alternative route through much of the County is planned and early consultation will be at the heart of proposals that will be put before elected members in a few weeks.


tt_logoAbout three weeks prior to the official registration start for the 2016 TOUR Transalp powered by Sigma, Race Organisers have unveiled the route for the 14th edition of the seven-day road bike stage race. Up to 1,200 cyclists, all registered in teams of two, will tackle a total of 893.28 km and 19,436 metres of climbing from June 26th till July 2nd , 2016.

The classic for amateurs kicks off with a first! For the first time in its long history, the TOUR Transalp will start in Austria.

From Imst, the route leads via Brixen to St. Vigil and therefore right in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. Further stops in the probably most beautiful area of the Alps are stage town newbie Sillian and Fiera di Primiero.

From there on, the route stretches alongside the South flanks of the Alps to Crespano del Grappa and then leads via Levico Terme to Riva del Garda, where the race will conclude for the fourth time.

Besides a varying stage profile, racers can also look forward to climb more than 20 passes on their way across the main ridge of the Alps.

For further information on the route as well as its seven stages click here.

Online registration The official online registration for the 2016 TOUR Transalp powered by Sigma starts on December 1st, 2015, at 12 PM CET on


TOUR Transalp powered by Sigma

The TOUR Transalp powered by Sigma is a must in every racer's calendar ever since its inaugural event back in 2003.

From June 26th till July 2nd, 2016, participants will cross the Alps for the 14th time and therefore have to master 893,28 km and 19,436 metres of climbing.

The route takes them from Imst in Austria to Italian stops Brixen, St. Vigil, Sillian, Fiera di Primiero, Crespano del Grappa as well as Levico Terme before things wrap up in Riva del Garda.




Following the success of this summer’s Haute Route Series, organisers OC Sport have decided to return to the same Start and Finish cities in 2016. The three weeks of racing will take riders through the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites Swiss Alps in the same direction as 2015.

For the second year running the Haute Route Triple Crown will begin in Anglet Côte Basque. Riders will congregate on the Atlantic coast for the start of the 4th edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees (August 20th -26th 2016) and take on the beautiful, but brutal Pyreneen cols. Their journey will end once again next to the Garonne in Toulouse, France’s fourth biggest city.

Perennial host cities since 2011, Nice and Geneva will once again play host to the Start and Finish lines of the Haute Route Alps 2016. Nice’s fabled Promenade des Anglais will welcome over 500 amateur cyclists as they begin their journey on the 28th of August. This journey will culminate on the 3rd of September in the heart of Geneva’s Jardins Anglais on the shores of Lac Léman.

Geneva will then become a global capital for amateur cyclists, as it plays host to the start of the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (5th - 11th September). Riders will brave their way up some of Europe’s highest climbs on their way to the final finish line in the picturesque Italian city of Venice.

Stage details for each of the three Haute Route events are set to be announced in November. Rest assured however, the concept of the Haute Route remains the same. Each set of seven timed stages will consist of 800km in distance, 20 of cycling’s most storied cols and 20,000 metres of climbing. As always, riders will also benefit from our ever-growing set of services usually reserved for the professional peloton.

Second Sign-Up PhaseSign-ups for 2016 opened at the start of August, and many cyclists have since joined countless returning Haute Route riders in benefiting from the early-bird sign-up discount. Having closed the early-bird phase, the second phase of signups is open from October 1st until the 30th of November 2015. A number of options are available, cyclists can choose to sign up for one event, two events (Iron Riders) or even take on the ultimate challenge by signing up for the Triple Crown (three events). Riders can also sign up as a team or through our official charity partner Team Type 1. For more information head to

Programme for the Haute Route 2016 Haute Route Pyrenees

(Anglet-Toulouse): 20–26 August 2016

  • From Anglet Côte Basque to Toulouse
  • Seven consecutive stages from Saturday 20th of August to Friday 26th
  • Start Village opens on Friday August 19th .
  • Closest airports : Biarritz-Anglet (Bordeaux, San Sebastien and Bilbao) and Toulouse

Haute Route Alps (Nice-Geneva): 28 August–3 September 2016

  • From Nice to Geneva • Seven consecutive stages from Sunday August 28th to Saturday September 3rd
  • Start Village opens on Saturday August 27th
  • Closest airports : Nice, Genève-Cointrin

Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps (Geneva-Venice):

  • From Geneva to Venice
  • Seven consecutive stages from Monday September 5th to Sunday September 11th.
  • Start Village Sunday 4th of September
  • • Closest airports: Genève-Cointrin, Venice





The appointment for the 30th Maratona dles Dolomite-Enel is set for Sunday 3rdJuly 2016. But the race to ensure a place in one of the loveliest rides in the world has started with pre-registration: from Wednesday 14thOctober to 4thNovemberyou can also send your request to take part solely to

The formula is always the same: the draw, which traditionally includes half Italian cyclists and half from other countries, will take place in the second half of November. To be precise there are 5,000names, while the other spaces (the maximum number is set at 9,000 participants) are divided into those who have the right to take part, official Maratona Tour Operators and more expensive registration where proceeds are donated to charity.

The three routesare also the same: the Maratona(138 km and 4230 m elevation difference), Medio( 106 km and 3130 m elevation difference) and the Sellaronda( 55 km and 1780 m elevation difference). As always they will start in La Villa and finish in Corvara, and are broadcast livefrom 6.15 am.


The pre-registrations are a real contest within a contestwhich creates new records every year. Last year there were over 31,000 requests from 71 countries.On 24thNovember, only at, the first 193 registrations at an increased price will be made available for those who have not managed to find a place. The second batch will go on sale on 24th March 2016 with the last 193 registrations, also at an increased price.

The Maratonahas had a growing success on the roads of the Dolomites, especially among those from other countries. For example, last year there were over 1000 participants from the UK. But the large number of cyclists on the roadduring the whole summer season bears witness to the development of bike tourismon Dolomite roads. This has always been the aim of the Maratona, since its inception 30 years ago: to raise awareness of a new kind of mobility, one that is slower and less polluting, more respectful of the mountains and more silent and discrete.

The Maratonaalso stands out for another extremely important reason: charity. Thanks to the introduction of more expensive registrationthe Maratonabrings hope and concrete aid worldwide. In particular, the beneficiaries are the “Insieme si può”NGO Charity Association (, Assisport Alto Adige( and the Alex Zanardi Association BIMBINGAMBA(


To celebrate 30 years of the Maratona dles Dolomites –Enelwe have decided to renew the event logo. We have done this by following the outline of the mountains that have always surrounded us, because the mountains are our home and the Dolomites are our heart. In the skilful hands of Manuel Bottazzo, the new logo symbolises a long journey of sweat, passion, dreams and madness… because you had to be a bit mad to imagine a bike Maratona through the Dolomites 30 years ago. The result is a monogramwith the Mthat represents not only the M of Maratona, but also the M of mountainwith its continual ascents and descents and its passes to cross, one after another. There is a special feature: if you look carefully, the top right-hand part of the Mrepresents the last two challenges of the Maratona: his majesty the Giau, where everyone signs their adventure in the Maratona, offering the most exciting moments; and the Valparola, because in that long, straight line that is always sunny(even when it is raining!) every rider finally has the end in sight, begins to smile and dreams of the well-earned descent towards the finish line.

The monogramis strong, powerful and geometrically perfect, but inside it has a heart of tremendous colours that represents these places. We want this to be closer to cyclists in particular and to responsible tourists in general.


The partnership with Castelli continues with an important new feature: the company, which in coming years will become an increasingly important partner for the Maratona, has created two new models for the 30thanniversary race pack, one for menand one for women. These are devoted to the thousands of womencyclistswho increase year after year, bringing with them enthusiasm, passion and positive energy that infects all the participants.


The theme chosen to celebrate the 30thanniversary of Maratona dles Dolomites –Enel is the journey.
A journey of discovery, a journey of dialogue, of influences and of healing. In fact, we began many years ago and we have never stopped and for us the Maratonais truly a long journey that has never ended.

The journeyhas always been at the centre of humankind’s experience. A journey is a discovery of new places, environments and spaces, but it is also dialogue, enrichment and influence. However, the most important journey we make is within ourselves.
We are made up of relations. We are relations with others. Sometimes a journey can be healing and taking care of life’s wounds. A journey makes us light, free from care, breaks our bonds and reduces everything to what is essential.

What really counts is a journey towards beauty,which is invisible to an unobservant man. Beauty can be found within us if we embody it. Searching is already finding.

Our heartfelt best wishes to all of you… we hope our time on this journey is one of forgiveness and simple, real things, like silent steps in the mountains, hopes and dreams that never end.
Have a good journey.

Keep in touch, there are plenty of surprises in the coming months.




logo_bike_four_peaksGet ready for a fourth round of mountain bike action! About three months after the third edition of the Protective BIKE Four Peaks wrapped up successfully in Carinthia, Race Organisers have announced the date for the 2016 event of this spectacular mountain bike highlight. From June 15 thru 18, 2016, up to 1,000 pros and amateurs alike will get another chance to compete on four fascinating stages. The route as well as date for the online registration will be communicated soon.

For further information about the race visit



Protective BIKE Four Peaks

Since it's inaugural edition back in 2013, the Protective BIKE Four Peaks has become a red-letter day in every mountain biker's calendar. From June 15 thru 18, 2016, four action packed days will provide once again everything mountain bikers could ask for. Besides entering the race as single starter, every participant can also register for a team of (minimum) four mountain bikers.