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ATTENTION THE RACE TRACK IS NOT THE OFFICIAL ONE!
IN ADDITION, SOME SECTIONS OF THE ROUTE, BEING ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES OR ROADS,
THEY ARE AVAILABLE ONLY ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
AND THEREFORE THEY ARE SUBJECT TO THE OWNER’S AUTHORIZATION.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RACE TRACK

The race takes place on a 73-kilometer course for agonists and a total elevation gain of over 1000 meters. Alternatively, you can ride on a short cross-country skiing course reduced to 51 kilometers with 700 meters of elevation gain.

The route has a nervous beginning with departure from the port of Castro (a symbol of the event, located at zero meters above sea level), uphill to the highest point – Monte Mattia – which leads to the paths of the Park. Subsequently a descent in asphalt will make you recover your breath and will lead to the second tear known as Serricella. Sino Masseria Grande (Santa Cesarea Terme) the route will be smooth but interspersed with single tracks (sometimes insidious due to the presence of a rocky and bumpy bottom) with white and well-trodden roads.
Two treacherous stretches of 700 meters called “muraglione” and “Fraula” will lead to a slightly uphill Roman pavement up to the Abbey of San Nicola di Casole, a hidden and very mysterious monument of this land, it was the first symbol to be destroyed by Ottoman Empire during the massacre dated 1480.

A slight descent flanks the north side of the bauxite quarry, a rock casket where the contrasts of green and red reign supreme, thus reaching Torre del Serpe, symbol of the city of Otranto as well as the furthest point of the race track, from here we return to Castro.
It runs along the Baia delle Orte to get to the lighthouse of Punta Palascia (the easternmost point of Italy) which on some days offers glimpses of the Albanian mountain peaks just 70km away. You descend in a swoop towards the islet of Sant’Emiliano almost hidden by a spur of the cliff.

Between short climbs you will find Porto Badisco and the fateful Fraula mule track (which you will follow for the second time) that leads to the ancient paving of the Roman age, an artery of the Via Appia from Callabrous to Sallentina. A few single tracks to catch your breath (but not too much) and then face downhill the Serricella and the climb of the cliff (inside the Guendalina – which will be open only on the Sunday of the race).
After a last technical descent and another steep uphill along the “Sentiero delle Striare” we will reach Monte Mattia and high Castro again along the ancient Castle Walls, where the remains of the temple dedicated to the Goddess Minerva were found. A new finish, completely unpublished, will bring the athletes back to the port of Castro and after an uphill ramp it will end in Piazza Dante.