The Bolognano–Monte Velo race opens the WMRA world Cup season 2017: the twins Dematteis, Mamu, Kosgei among the most extected ones.


2017wc1logoOn Sunday morning, May 28, Bolognano-Velo will open the World Cup WMRA season with an uphill race that is part of the tradition of one of the most historic races in the Italian landscape.
The men's race, the longest competition, will be of 11.1km with a 1272m difference of overall altitude, the same that divides Bolognano a quarter of the city of Arco, Garda Trentino, home to the 2016 European Championships, from the quarter Sant'Antonio, at 1260 m at the foot of the Mount Stivo.

The two main actors of Arco 2016 are expected at the race: the twins Martin and Bernard Dematteis respectively gold and silver, are still the men to beat in the big competition that will count among others the former champion Petro Mamu, Kenyan Isaak Kosgei, the British Andrew Douglas or the Czechs Jan Janu and Roman Skalsky. Not to forget the other Italians led by Francesco Puppi or the athlets from the Trentino Cesare Maestri and Davide Magnini, at their first season of seniors after their excellent results obtained at juniors.
The female race (and likewise the junior male) will be slightly shorter with the same start and finish. The track is reduced in the height of overall 9.1 km (1189 meters in altitude): Valentina Belotti, Alice Gaggi, Samantha Galassi and Antonella Confortola are some of the big Italian athletes, with the presence of Claudia Ecker Kosgei and Pavla Schorna.
In addition to the first round of the World Cup WMRA 2017, the Bolognano – Monte Velo 2017 race will also be valid as the first act of the Italian Championship. But the organizer Gardasport Events is already looking to the future to repeat in 2018 the Castle Mountain Running Arco with the formula of a spectacular relay race.
The track:
The senior men will face the track in its entirety, start from the center of Bolognano for the total
distance of 11.1 km and a total altitude distance of 1272 meters. A steeply climb for the first 4,5 km till San Francesco, followed by a plain part then again uphill towards the finish line in S. Antonio. The same start for the senior women and junior men with a slight deviation up-hill that
reduces the track to 9.1 km with 1189 meters of altitude. Start in San Francesco instead
for the junior race: 4,5 km and 342 m total altitude difference.
All information regarding the track, the technical data and program are available on the website



Edited from Press Office of LOC

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