The sun will be shining on Sunday, September 9th, in Arabba. It will be a nice day with temperatures between 19-21 degrees, perfect for all the athletes who will be competing in the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba.
Meanwhile, the organization committee is taking care of all the last minute details: more than 80 people are already working to put together the race packages, guarantee road safety, set up the Palagusto and the expo space. Then on Sunday, along the entire race route, more than 220 volunteers will be working to protect the roads, oversee refreshment areas and help with mechanical assistance and first aid.
"Special thanks goes to the law enforcement agencies, the White Cross and all the associations of the territories where the race will be passing through, which are doing their best to guarantee that the event will be a success" says President Marco Sartori.
Registration will remain open until tomorrow evening, Wednesday September 5th. After this date it will only be possible to register the day before and the morning of the race, with an additional charge of €10.00 and without the possibility of making it into the merits' rankings.
Hours and place for in loco registration: Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., at the big marquee (Palagusto) set up in Arabba behind the church.
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Everything is ready for the seventh edition of the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, at 9:00 a.m. in Arabba. This is an appointment not to be missed for fans of granfondo events and the marvellous scenery that only the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites can offer.
Following tradition, the race will take place along two routes: one longer, more challenging route of 130 km that will measure riders against the passes at Duran, Staulanza, Giau and Falzarego, and another, shorter, 80 km course accessible to everyone on a loop between Giau and Falzarego.
When they pick up their numbers participants will receive a free, generous race package which will contain a pair of Castelli technical gloves and a series of products from the J-NRG line, featuring supplements and technical creams for sport, plus gadgets supplied by the various sponsors of the event. Also in the race package they will find 2 food coupons that can be used at the Palagusto set up in Arabba, choosing between the usual "Sportsman's" past party or a special local Ladino menu.
This edition will feature several nice new trends, including further enforcement of security measures and technical assistance service during the race. Civil protection service volunteers will be present at strategic points along the routes of both races. We've also planned four refreshment stands and three fixed technical assistance points located respectively on passo Duran, passo Staulanza and passo Giau: all with the necessary equipment (wheels, inner tubes, chains, tyres, seats, pedals, brake lines and assorted parts) to help competitors in case of flat tyres or mechanical problems.
In addition to all this, riders will be accompanied from start to finish by four mobile units (two cars and two motorcycles) ready to intervene at any time, and there will be a mechanic in the sweeper car. To receive assistance all you have to do is stop by the side of the road and raise your hand or contact the "mechanical emergency" number which will be supplied along with the race package.
Why wait any longer? The Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba is also the perfect occasion to spend an end-of-summer weekend with the whole family. Especially since the weather forecast is good, with temperatures expected around 15 degrees.
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Not just cycling! Following tradition, once again this year the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba will offer our guests, participants and company a tasty itinerary of mountain flavours. At the end of the race, in fact, at the Palagusto set up for the occasion in the centre of Arabba, you can taste a right proper lunch based on typical products from the Ladino tradition accompanied by excellent DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene sparkling wine. Choose between two alternatives: the classic Pasta Party or the Menù Ladino, which is a single dish featuring "a salad of tepid canederlo on local cabbage seasoned with beef goulash" plus, for dessert, "apple strudel or forest berry pie". Everything is prepared and served thanks to the priceless support of Olis professional kitchens. "The Palagusto is one of the peculiarities of the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba and a source of great pride" explains Michela Lezuo, President of Arabba Fodom Tourism, committed first hand in organising the culinary part of the event. "We specifically wanted to surpass the logic of the Pasta Party, giving extra impulse to the tourism aspect within the sporting event and at the same time guaranteeing the athletes the added benefit of a sophisticated meal." Marvelous Dolomite scenery, cycling and good taste: what more could you ask for? Palagusto Operating schedule: Arabba, Saturday, 08 September 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: welcome cocktail Arabba, Sunday, 09 September: 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.: bicyclers' breakfast 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.: post-race lunch
The route doesn't change, but there will be increased security measures and free technical assistance in the race. Based on experience gained in previous editions, in fact, the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba has decided to adopt specific solutions so all athletes can complete both the gran fondo (135 km) as well as the medio fondo (80 km) in the best way possible. Numerous civil protection volunteers will be present in strategic points along the route. Four fixed refreshment points will be set up at the top of every pass crossed by the race, plus three set points for technical assistance will be situated respectively on passo Duran, passo Staulanza and passo Giau: all will be equipped with everything necessary (wheels, inner tubes, chains, tyres and assorted parts) to help competitors in case of flats or mechanical problems. There will be two to four mobile units. A car and a motorcycle for the long route and a car and motorcycle for the medio fondo route. The cars will follow the head of the race while the motorcycles will continuously be on the move within the peloton to cover the central and final parts of the race as well. To request intervention all you have to do is stop at the side of the road and raise your hand or contact the phone number for the organisation which will be supplied to all the participants with their race package. Another great new element will be the presence of a mechanic on board the sweeper car which as usual will recuperate those athletes in trouble and their bikes. "In these years we've strongly believed in this event, which speaks to sport, nature and food, and year after year we've managed to increase its visibiity both in Italy and in Europe by reaching important milestones" says Marco Sartori, President of Dolomiti Stars Bike World. "By listening to the advice of participants and with the aim of constantly improving, we've decided to dedicated even more attention to aspects tied to security and the comfort of the athletes." For more information visit our website: www.dolomiticlassic.com
The Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba is consistently a high level event, and not only for the beauty of the route and the scenic ground covered by the competitors. In addition to improved organizational and logistical aspects of the race, the 2012 edition will feature an even more valuable race package. In it, participants will also find a pair of technical and aerodynamic gloves by Castelli, distinguished by a printed Lycra® back, a synthetic Ultrasuede® palm with medium padding, non-slip silicone logo and leather inserts. They are the perfect accessory for long bike rides. Light and comfortable, they absorb vibrations well without compromising sensibility and handlebar grip. Thus continues the profitable collaboration between the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba and Valcismon Manufacturing with its Castelli brand, one of the most noted in the world of cycling. "We're working hard to get our event to make that extra leap in quality. This is only the first in a series of many pleasant new trends that will mark the seventh edition" declares Marco Sartori, President of the Organizing Committee.
The Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tetrax XBIKE, the innovative cel phone carrier for bikes produced by Walmec Spa in Santa Lucia di Piave (TV). This is a highly practical and compact device that reflects the highest standards of quality and reliability. "We are very satisfied with this agreement," says Lorenzo Zanetti, Vice President of Walmec Spa. "This is an event which has acquired more and more international exposure over the years and through which we can come into direct contact with potential users of our system. Tetrax XBIKE is an extension of the line of Tetrax products which is already well established in the automobile sector and which we wanted to develop for the world of two wheels as well. In one product Tetrax XBIKE combines a unique design with the company's experience and technology applied to a real need that our work force, which is made up of practicing cyclists, perceived as fundamental to make using cel phones and smartphones, with all their cycling applications, safer and easier to use. With Tetrax Bike the cellular/smartphone is always handy and visible on the handlebars of your bike." Tetrax XBIKE ill be in Arabba with a stand where everyone can see it up close and test it themselves. At the end of the race, Tetrax XBIKE will be among the many prizes handed out by the race's organizers. "We are always very sensitive to innovations and we are happy that our event can contribute to giving Tetrax XBIKE visibility" declares Marco Sartori, President of the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba. "Tetrax XBIKE is a new generation product which is set to become an indispensable accessory for all cyclinng enthusiasts."
On Sunday, March 25th, the women's World Cup touched down in Cittiglio, on the roads of the province of Varese, with the second test in the season.
Happiest of all was the Dutch champion Marianne Vos, first over the finish line, solo and with arms raised, as only true champions are wont to do. She put her signature on the Binda Trophy for the third time in the last five years. It was also a great moment TMC Transformers which once again this year was a partner in this event, starring in the excitement of this extraordinary victory.
"We're really very happy," says President of TMC Transformers Andrea Colombo. "The Binda Trophy, which is practically held on the roads of our hometown, turned out to be a great cycling event again this year. First of all, we're pleased as fans because we were able to watch a fantastic race that provided plenty of thrills and excitement and which ended with victory going to an extraordinary champion like the super strong Marianne Vos. There could not have been a better outcome. It was a beautiful race from the first kilometre to the last, full of real passion that only a sport like cycling can deliver. We are also satisfied as partners of this event; for TMC Transformers, Cittiglio was an important showcase with a lot of media exposure. With their outstanding work and everlasting distinguished commitment, the organisers set up a world-class international sporting event."
Rounding out a prestigious podium featuring a brilliant TMC Transformers background, next to Marianne Vos (Stiching Rabo Women) were Italian Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini-Giambenini – Gauss) second, and Germany's Trixi Worrack (Specialized), third.
Arrival order: 1, Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo Women) km 132 in 3h16'28" average km/h 40,312; 2. Tatiana Guderzo (Mcipollini) at 34"; 3. Trixi Worrack (Team Specialized); 4. Judith Arndt Greenedge); 5. Emma Johansson (Hitec Product); 6. Noemi Cantele (Be Pink); 7. Pauline Prevot Ferrand (Stichting Rabo Women); 8. Emma Pooley (AA Drink); 9. Karol Ann Canuel (Vienne Futurscope); 10. Moolman Ashleigh (Lotto Betisol) at 37"
The 2012 season has just started and TMC Transformers has already affirmed itself as a major player in great cycling. The company from Busto Arsizio (Varese) is a world leader in the production of resin-encased electrical transformers. After having officially opened the Italian calendar's professional season with the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi-Trofeo TMC Transformers last February 4th in Donoratico (Livorno), TMC is ready to take on another important international challenge.
In fact, this year TMC Transformers is pursuing a passion for sports and cycling which has always inspired the Colombo family and the entire company by also supporting the Trofeo Laigueglia, the Liguria classic that starts and arrives in Laigueglia (Savona), Scheduled for Saturday, February 18th.
In addition to acting as title sponsor for the opening-season Tuscan classic called the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi, now TMC Transformers will be present at another historical race on the Italian calendar: the Trofeo Laigueglia, which this year has reached an important milestone with its 49th edition. This is considerable number of editions testifies to the long standing tradition of this race, which again this year will certainly bring thrills and excitement to all fans of the extraordinary world of two wheels.
TMC Transformers thus continues to stand out on the National and International cycling scenes for its full ongoing, constantly renewed commitment to both the professional world as well as to amateurs and cycling tourists with our support for some important granfondo races like the Dolomiti Classic-TMC di Arabba in Veneto and the Gran Fondo Paolo Bettini di Pomarance in Tuscany; not to mention our commitment in support of the Federazione Ciclistica Italiana – Italian Cycling Federation, in the women's sector at the World Cup taking place in Cittiglio (Varese) on Sunday, March 25th, and the youth program with the GB Junior Team junior formation.
THE ENERGY OF TMC TRANSFORMERS LIGHTS UP THE GP COSTA DEGLI ETRUSCHI AND STARTS THE ITALIAN PRO SEASON
Elia Viviani: lightning at the finish line in Donoratico
The Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi- TMC Transformers Trophy was a great success. The race took place on Saturday, February 4th, on the roads of the province of Livorno, in that splendid corner of Tuscany where the smell of cycling is always in the air and the epic enterprises tied to bicycles are carried on the wind. The starting line was in San Vincenzo and the arrival in Donoratico on the traditional via Aurelia, after 170 km of great cycling and high paced excitement. The thrills were even stronger and more compelling than the cold and wind that have frozen Italy over the last several days. In fact, on the Etruscan Coast the terrible weather conditions were forced to bow down and make way for a fantastic cycling show.
As is tradition, the Tuscan classic in Donoratico represented the official opening of the Italian professional calendar. It was a great race, with a great winner, Elia Viviani, the young talent from Liquigas Cannondale who really caught the interest of the Italian National cycling team, which sees a future in sprints and on the track in Viviani. Viviani put all his adversaries in line and crossed the finish line first, thus doubling down on his 2011 success. It was a splendid double play worthy of a true champion. Honours also go to the riders who rounded out a fantastic podium, with Sacha Modolo second and Filippo Baggio third, not to mention the day's fugitives Davide Ricci Bitti (Farnese Vini), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni) and Federico Rocchetti (Utensilnord Named), who lit up the crowds along the roads with their brave action.
The great show that was the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi featured TMC Transformers as its star; the company from Busto Arsizio is a world leader in the production of resin-encased electrical transformers and in 2012 they were once again the title sponsor of the race. TMC Transformers transmitted all its energy with the commitment and passion that the organisers of the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi put in to setting up the event and in the determination and grit with which the riders animated the race.