Following the successful test event last winter, Switzerland is set to host a brand new racing challenge: TORTOUR Cyclocross is the first multi-day cyclocross and gravel stage race in the world and premieres in Schaffhausen from 12 to 14 February 2016, organised by TORTOUR GmbH. The new ultra-format covers a distance of 202 km and an elevation gain of 3,230 m across demanding terrain in challenging winter conditions, divided up into a prologue and two long stages.

TORTOUR Cyclocross is a tough challenge – the first multi-day ultra cyclocross and gravel race in the
world requires participants to have a high level of technical skill as well as the stamina to withstand
temperatures around zero degrees, snow and mud. After a 13 km prologue on Friday, participants
will have to overcome distances of 99 km on Saturday and 90 km on Sunday. The course leads
through woodland, crosses meadows and fields, and includes few stretches on tarmacked roads. The
participants will also have to reckon with obstacles including steps and tree trunks lying across the
track. Cyclists can race solo or in teams of 2 or 4.

Ultra-racing in winter
“With TORTOUR Cyclocross we want to offer passionate endurance cyclists an innovative ultraformat
race in winter, too,” explains founder and event organiser Joko Vogel. “In the US, gravel road
racing has been popular for a long time – not least because it combines the technical skills required
for road racing and for mountain biking, which makes the discipline appealing to fans of both. The
length of this ultra-format adds an exciting new dimension. The test run got participants very excited
indeed, and now we look forward to hosting a challenging event on a fantastic route with some
electrifying finishes!” So the new race format again promises powerful emotions at the close of the
cyclocross season.

All-inclusive package
TORTOUR Cyclocross starting positions are limited and are sold as part of an all-inclusive package,
which includes accommodation, all meals (as well as provisions during the race), and other
amenities. Athletes can take part in the race on cyclocross bikes or mountain bikes. All information
about the race can be found at, where you can also register.





craft_bike_transalp_logoJust a few weeks prior to the official registration start for the 2016 BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma on organisers have unveiled the new course design – and therefore surprised by coming up with some innovations.

The seven-day mountain bike stage race will take place from July 17th till 23rd, 2016 and encompass a total of 519.51 km and 17,751 metres of climbing. However, the participants will kick off things with a novelty.

For the first time ever, the race won't start in Germany. Next year, Imst, Austria will be the first stage town to break with the 18-year tradition of hosting the Transalp start in Germany.

“We picked Imst to meet our own expectations of providing a BIKE Transalp routing which never gets boring and always has something new for the racers,” explained Race Director Marc Schneider.

Leaving the multiple Transalp stage town for its journey across the Alps, the field of pros and amateurs alike will travel through Tyrol to Nauders just like 2014 and from there across the Austrian border. But unlike two years ago, the route won't lead to South Tyrol but to Switzerland.

After a stop in Scuol, the teams of two will enter Italy and pedal from Livigno via new stage towns of Bormio and Mezzana to Trento.

“Both new stage towns, Bormio and Mezzana, offer fantastic opportunities for a creative route set-up,” says Schneider who also adds that “the route itself will be just about the limit!”

Especially as also the very last stage of the race week will feature something brand new. After nine consecutive years of wrapping things off in Riva del Garda the BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma will conclude in Arco which is the third new stage town for the very first time.

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The success of the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel is unstoppable. And it knows no bounds. The applications to take part in the thirtieth race to be held on Sunday 3rdJuly 2016 have exceeded the 33.000mark. A record. They have come from 89 different countries, 109out of the 110 Italian provincesrepresented and over 4.000pre-registrations for the female category.

The draw

The numbers are staggering and show how the race through the Dolomite passes is an international event, sought after by an incredible number of cyclists from all over the world. As usual, there will be a draw to decide who will take part. The lucky names are now published on the website

193 available places

Anyone whose name hasn’t been extracted but would like to secure a place at the Maratona should go to our website on 24thNovember 2015from 6 p.m. (GMT+1). 193 registrationswill be available for a higher price and the proceeds, after deducting the participation fee of € 110, will go to charity.

The registrations in detail are as follows: 175 GOLD registrations at the price of € 250; 15 PLATINUM registrations at the price of € 500; and 3 CRYSTAL registrations at the price of € 1500.


The proceeds of the higher price registrations will go to the Association of Groups “Insieme si può”Onlus/NGO (, Assisport Alto Adige( and the Alex Zanardi BIMBINGAMBA Association ( These three associations have been friends of the Maratona for many years and we are pleased to be able to contribute, with the help of the competitors, to their commitment to solidarity and support for those in need.

The solidarity project of the Association of Groups "Insieme si può" is connected to people with disabilities in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world, where cases of physical impairment are high (according to official estimates approximately 10% of the population).

We intend to provide better access to medical treatment, rehabilitation, food and education, particularly to children and teenagers. We intend to support young people, ensure they receive vocational training,assist them in finding a job, ensure they have access to social services and are included and can participate in family and community life.

Last chance

On 24thMarch 2016 on our website another 193 registrationswill be offered at higher prices but with exactly the same characteristics: 175 GOLD registrations, 15 PLATINUM registrations and 3 CRYSTAL registrations. Again, the proceeds will go to the three associations mentioned above.

After the success of the 2015 race and the popularity with the participants due to the quality of the Castelli-Maratona products, Castelli has renewed its contract with us for another three years. As well as consolidating the collaboration, Castelli will take part in the event, using its strength and energy in great style. The style that befits an Italian brand and world leader and that will guarantee more media growth at all levels at the race through the Dolomites.




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.