The world’s toughest mountain bike challenge, Iron Bike, will follow tradition and be held on the Olympic Vialattea mountains. This year will also see the participation of “ultramarathoner” Elena Novikova, who holds indoor and outdoor world records and also endorses the Consorzio Turistico Via Lattea.
The competition will enter the Olympic mountains on 26th July during the fifth stage of the Pramollo – Usseaux – Rifugio Selleries (112 km – elevation gain 4,400m) with the incredible Albergian descent.
The sixth stage will be held on Friday 27th July, departing from the Rifugio Selleries at Colle del Sestriere (82 km – elevation gain 3,050m), with the spectacular descent of the 4,000 steps of the Fenestrelle Fortress and a climb to the symbol of the Iron Bike: Mount Chaberton at 3,131 metres above sea level. Participants are predicted to cross the finish line in Piazza Fraiteve at Sestriere after 4pm.
At 8am on Saturday 28th July the last stage from Sestriere to Sauze d’Oulx will start (52 km – elevation gain 1,129m) where the first participants are expected to arrive around lunchtime.