Gravel Epic | Mt Etna
May 3 All day
Sicily! Excellent food, great wines and dramatic landscapes. The volcano Mt. Etna dominates Sicily’s landscape and as soon as you step out of the airport you can see its peak covered in clouds in the distance. This challenging course takes you over tarmac, forest roads, centuries-old cobble stones, lava rocks and loose, volcanic sand. This is a course that requires 100 per cent attention 100 per cent of the time
We leave from the idyllic town of Milo with the first 15 km comprising of a relentless climb on tarmac and cobble stones. Even the strongest of riders will feel their legs burning before the climb finally softens and you hit a series of small descents followed by yet more climbs. The course will lead you through beautiful, old-growth forests suddenly cut open by lava that ripped them apart and left nothing but black rock fields in its wake. You may even hear the sound of Mt Etna’s rumble as you get closer and climb up to an altitude of 1800m. Within the first 50km of racing, you will have climbed 2000m and your legs will beg you to stop and take a break. But there is no time to rest on this course: each kilometer needs to be wrestled from Mt Etna, nothing is given without a fight. Gravel Epic Sicily is only for the toughest of gravel grinders.
And for partners or family who accompany these fiercest of gravel warriors on this trip, we have a mountain of entertainment lined up as well. From hiking to the crater of Europe’s highest and most active volcano, to the charm of old Catania, there is something for everyone in this beautiful part of Italy.
Watch the event video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi2up8uiq-o