Already in its sixth year, Maratonul Vinului is a charity mountain bike race that takes place on Saturday 14th May 2016 in the town of Urlaţi, in Prahova county, among the rolling hills and vineyards that characterise the area. The race starts at 10.00 am for the kids (4km course) and at 11.00 am for the 18km/36km/54km course.
The XCO-format race consists of multiple laps of an 18 km course. Besides the two competitive races, of 36km (2 laps) and 54km (3 laps), like last year participants will also have a third choice: a single lap of 18 km, without official timing and with no podium places, which is recommended for less experienced cyclists.
What’s more, this year young children will have their own dedicated race: young children will now be able to race on an approx. 4 km track ( 1 lap) designed specially for them in Urlaţi’s beautiful Bellu Gardens; older children (13-18 years old) will be allowed to race on the standard 18 km course.
New in 2016! All Maratonul Vinului participants now benefit from an accident insurance policy. For details of the level of insurance cover provided, see the Regulations.
As cycling is a sport to be enjoyed by all the family, as usual there will also be a separate, less demanding event of 10 km, which will be free to enter and accessible to everyone: children, parents and grandparents.
Right from the outset, Maratonul Vinului has aimed to combine the promotion of cycling as a healthy and environmentally-friendly way of life with the idea of giving to charity in the form of donating any profits resulting from the event to local charities.
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