Pustertaler Ski Marathon And Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge Start 2023
Ski Classics Season XIV returns after the Christmas and New Year’s break with events 4 and 5, in another two Pro Tour events weekend, Pustertaler Ski Marathon and Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge, in Italy.
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Start of Pustestaler Ski Marathon Season XII.
PUSTERTALER SKI MARATHON
On Saturday, January 14, Season XIV starts 2023 with the Pustertaler Ski Marathon, the season’s fourth event.
After a successful edition last season, the 62km long-distance race is again part of the Ski Classics Pro Tour. Self-titled the longest and hardest ski race in the Drei Zinnen Dolomites (Three Peaks in the Dolomites), Pustertaler Ski Marathon offers a very challenging course and breathtaking scenery.
The race starts in Sesto/Sexten, goes South, then turns and heads towards San Candido and Dobbiaco, passing through the famous cross-country skiing stadium Nordic Arena, where a Sprint point after 22 kilometers will wait for the Pro Tour athletes. The Climb checkpoint will be at Cimabanche after 36 kilometers of race, where the tracks turn, and the course leads back to the Nordic Arena. From there, it continues to the finish line in Villabassa/Niederdorf.
PUSTERTALER SKI MARATHON – Ski Classics Pro Tour Event 4
On Sunday, January 15, the weekend continues with the fifth event in Season XIV, the Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge, voted the best event in Season XII.
Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge is a 32km uphill mass-start race, and last season proved to be a real climb competition. The mythical climb to Prato Piazza is the biggest climb of Season XIV, with the finish line almost 2000 meters above sea level, high up in the magnificent Dolomites scenery.
The new addition to Season XIV is the Ski Classics Iconic Climbs, a new category in the Ski Classics points table used for the most iconic climbs of Ski Classics.
For Season XIV, there will be four Iconic Climbs. First is to Prato Piazza, the finishing hill of the Prato Piazza Mountain Challenge.