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Ride the Maratona dles Dolomites with Action Medical Research in 2015

by Nick Gregory

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The Maratona dles Dolomites Enel, now in its 29th year, has long been regarded as one of the world's greatest sportives, as well as one of the toughest. In 2015 children's charity, Action Medical Research has become the Maratona's only official UK charity partner - and whilst the event sold out within hours - the charity has secured 50 places. 

Cyclists have the opportunity of paying a one-off fee of £500 - on a first come, first served basis - which all goes directly to the charity, in order to become one of the 9,000 participants taking in spectacular scenery as they cross no fewer than seven mountain passes in Italian Dolomites. 

There are three route options available - the 55km Sellaronda with an altitude gain of 1,780m, the 106km Medio route with 3,130 of climbing, and the full 138km Maratona route with an altitude gain of 4,230m, including the legendary climbs of the Giau and Pordoi. 

David Graham, Head of Community Events and Fundraising, commented: "Come and be part of something very special on Sunday 5 July 2015. If you think you've already completed most of the major milestone rides then think again, this is one of the most legendary events in the whole of Europe." 

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The Maratona was rated by cyclosport as one of the TOP 5 Overseas Sportives

Cyclosport's Jennifer Trotman has taken on the Maratona: "The scenery IS absolutely stunning. The road surfaces were, for the most part, incredibly good. The organisation is great, the goodies likewise. The timing and photos and videos were all massively efficient - all up and available either the same day or before I got home. Hard to fault the event in any kind of serious way - it really is great!" 

The money raised by the riders will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children's lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children's lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children. 

To find out more or to apply for a place please click here http://www.action.org.uk/maratona-dles-dolomites-enel.