Etna Marathon Tour 4 – 8 September 2018


The event is organized under the umbrella of the Italian Cycling Federation (the FCI) in accordance with the ‘Executive Regulations’ issued for 2018 by the National Technical Off-road section and the UCI rules.  In the event of inconsistencies, the regulations of the UCI shall apply for licensed athletes.


The Etna Marathon Tour (EMT) is a multi-stage mountain bike race that will take place over five days between the 4th and the 8th of September 2018 for two-person teams. The two-person teams must remain together for the entire length of the race and may not ride more than two minutes apart at any time. The race consists of five stages, a time-trial prologue followed by four races.

There’s the option of the 2 final stages (7th and 8th September) entry race, the Etna Marathon Tour 2D (EMT 2D).

Date Race Start Finish Km Vertical gain
Tue 4/09/2018 Stage 1 Prologue Milo Pineta Ragabo 24 1.350
Wed 5/09/2018 Stage 2 Pineta Ragabo Rifugio Sapienza 61 1.950
Thur 6/09/2017 Stage 3 Rifugio Sapienza Rifugio Sapienza 51 1.580
Fri 7/09/2017 Stage 4 Rifugio Sapienza Floresta 66 1.550
Sat 8/09/2017 Stage 5 Floresta Milo 68 2.150

Licensed participants

The race is open to all Italian citizens and foreigners, both male and female aged 19 and over, in possession of a valid membership card for both amateur and professional cycling for 2018 issued by the FCI or any foreign federation which adheres to the UCI or Sports Promotion Board or to the National Conference of Cycling (UISP, AICS ENDAS, ACLI, CSI, etc).

Non-licensed participants

Participants who are not registered with a sporting body may also participate as long as they present a medical certificate of competitive cycling issued by a registered doctor. Non-licensed participants must pay a fee of €90 for extra insurance.

Only fifty teams are allowed in the event.

The race organiser has the option of inviting additional teams over the quota of 50 teams.

Men two male riders Team with at least one Elite or Under23 racer, any age YES NO
Master 1 two male riders Total age of team less or equal to 80 years old in 2018 YES YES
Master 2 two male riders Total age of team equal or more than 81 years old in 2018 YES YES
Women two female riders Any age YES YES
Mixed one male/one female Any age YES YES

If any category has less than 3 teams competing, the organisers may incorporate the category with another one at the start of the competition.


The two-person teams must remain together for the entire length of the race and may not ride more than two minutes apart at any time. Both riders must complete the course with no external assistance (apart from any assistance given at designated zones on the course). Pushing and technical assistance between the same team riders is allowed. Pulling with a rope, elastic etc., between two riders is not permitted. Any violation of this rule will be sanctioned with a time penalty by the race judges.


Classification will be based on the total time of each stage. Stage time will be taken on the second rider of the team (the last to finish the stage).


Online registration is open from 12pm 1ST December 2017 until 11.59pm 31th August 2018.
Registration will automatically close as soon as 50 teams have been registered.



Registration forms will only be considered valid after payment. Participants must send a copy of the payment receipt by fax (+39 095 2931639) or e-mail to with name and team category. Registration can be checked at any time in the “Entry list” section of the site. 


Standard Race Package

EMT 5 stages EMT 2 stages
€ 235 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018 € 110  per person registration deadline 30/03/2018
€ 265 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018 € 130 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018
€ 295 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018 € 150 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018

What’s included

  • The privilege to cycle in a unique environment declared World Heritage by UNESCO
  • Race organisation
  • Race entry
  • Race insurance
  • Bib number
  • Evening briefing before each stage
  • Race timing service
  • Medical care
  • Mechanical assistance at the start of each stage
  • Feed zones on the course
  • Arrival feed zone at the end of each stage
  • Race kit/goodie bag
  • Etna Marathon Tour finisher t-shirt (for all finishers)
  • Free entry for the Etna Marathon race on the 22nd September 2018

All Inclusive Package

EMT 5 stages EMT 2 stages
€ 595 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018 € 240 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018
€ 660 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018 € 280 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018
€ 740 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018 € 320 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018

What’s included

Standard Race Package plus:

  • Accommodation for five overnight stays in two or three-star hotels (or similar standard B&Bs) in double rooms with a teammate. Two overnight stays for ETM 2D
  • Five breakfasts (2 for EMT 2D)
  • Five typical Sicilian dinners with local wine. Other beverages excluded (2 for EMT 2D)
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfer to/from hotels to race start (when necessary)

All Inclusive 5 Stages package services start with dinner on Monday 3rd  and finish with breakfast on Saturday 8th.

All Inclusive 2 Stages package services start with dinner on Thursday 6th  and finish with breakfast on Saturday 8th.

Supporter Package

EMT 5 stages EMT 2 stages
€ 360 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018 € 160 per person registration deadline 30/03/2018
€ 440 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018 € 180 per person registration deadline 30/06/2018
€ 530 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018 € 215 per person registration deadline 31/08/2018

What’s included

  • All Inclusive package without the Standard Race Package services
  • By credit card or Paypal: (administration cost: 4% of the transaction). At the time of registration or subsequently via the link in the confirmation of enrollment or through the verification form entry.
  • By bank transfer payment made to: ASD Mongibello MTB Team
Banco Popolare – San Gregorio (CT) IT49E0503484200000000004669 BAPPIT21C93

Team cancellation only valid if communicated via email to If the cancellation is communicated by 30/06/2018 a 100% refund of the entry fee will be given. In case of cancellation between 01/07/2018 and 20/08/2018 a 50% refund of the entry fee will be given. After 20/08/2018 the refund of the entry fee will not be made under any circumstances and there will be no goodie bag given. If one team rider is unable to participate in EMT due to sickness or injury, he/she can be replaced by another teammate. It will be free is communicated via email by 30/06/18. It will have an extra cost of €75 when communicated after 30/06/2018 and by the 20/08/2018. After that date, no changes will be possible.



Riders are responsible for ensuring that their mountain bike is suitable and safe for use in the competition. All mountain bikes will be checked in the license-checking process before the race and marked as approved with a frame sticker. Mountain bikes deemed unsuitable will not be admitted to the race. Mountain bikes used in the competition must be solely powered by human energy, without any components or devices that aid in bicycle propulsion. Electric bikes are not allowed in the competition.

Tools and spare parts

There will be technical assistance at the start of every stage given by the organisers if needed. Any spare parts needed will be paid for by the riders. Teams are urged to carry tools, replacement parts and a first-aid kit throughout the competition.


Both team riders must wear identical jerseys during the whole competition. The race takes place on high mountain terrain where the weather conditions can change very quickly and unexpectedly. Each rider must be prepared for this and carry suitable clothing for cold weather, rain and possibly snow.



Monday 03/09 5pm to 6.30pm

Tuesday 04/09 10am to 12pm

In the service centre under Piazza Belvedere (main square), Milo.


Thursday 06/09 7pm to 8pm

Friday 07/09 7.30am to 8.30am

In the conference room of the Rifugio Sapienza Hotel – Etna South (Nicolosi)


There will be a pre-stage briefing for all racers the evening before each stage. The briefing will include a discussion of particular features and dangerous areas on the upcoming stage and an announcement of any changes in planning. Attendance at briefings is compulsory for at least one team member.


Each participant will be given a number to attach to the front of the bike. Numbers must be clearly visible and legible at all times during the race. Any participant found tampering with the numbers will be disqualified.


Each course will be marked with yellow signs with red writing. Furthermore there will be course marking tape indicating the right way. A Maximum Time of Arrival (TMA) of each stage will be announced during the pre-stage evening briefing. The TMA will be indicated as a time (e.g. 17:00) and not as a duration (e.g. eight hours). The organiser may extend the TMA during the stage. Riders who do not finish the stage within the TMA will be excluded from the General Classification.


Participants who for any reason do not wish to, or are unable to, continue the race must notify their withdrawal to the feed zones/check points and wait for the assistance vehicles. If only one member of the team withdraws, the other team member can continue the race alone. In this case, the team will be excluded from the stage classification and in the General Classification will be given the time of the slowest rider of each stage, with an extra 10 minutes added.


Stage winners

There will be a non-cash prize for each stage winner in each category. The category team leaders in each stage will receive the EMT leader jerseys which must be worn in the next stage. No leader jerseys will be given to the EMT 2D leaders.

Etna Marathon Tour winners

Top three teams in each category will get a trophy and a non-cash prize.


Helmets are obligatory for the entire duration of the race for safety reasons. Riders who do not wear a helmet will be disqualified. The courses partly include public roads and therefore the Italian traffic code is to be observed as well as the general UCI and FCI rules for mountain bike competitions. Non-observance of these regulations will lead to disqualification.


Littering and leaving behind waste along the course is not permitted. Waste bins will be placed next to the feed zones for all rubbish. Those who do not respect this rule shall be disqualified immediately.


Any complaints must be submitted to the judges in writing not later than 30 minutes after the stage/race classification has been published accompanied by the protest fee (as per FCI regulations) which will be refunded should the complaint be upheld.


Amendments to the rules, routes and vertical climb profiles can be made by the race organiser at any time. All information will be made public through the website which is the official channel of communication of the event.


The event will take place in all weather conditions. In case of very bad weather the organiser may decide to reduce the course length. If, for reasons of force majeure, the event, or part of it, does not take place, the registration fee will not be refunded. All details will be published on the internet or on-site during the race.


The UCI and FCI 2018 off-road regulations will cover any matters not covered by these rules and shall be subject to the implementation of the latter. Participation is at your own risk. By registering (even at the hands of third parties) competitors waiver any rights, including third party rights, in relation to the organiser and all physical and legal persons of other organisations involved in the event.


By signing and submitting the registration form, you declare to be in possession of a valid cycling license, that you have read the rules and consent to the use of data in accordance with the provisions of Legislative Decree no. 196/03 (Privacy Act). The same rules apply to all registrations carried out online. In addition, you agree that the organizing committee may use any photos or pictures taken by participants and children during the event for advertising or marketing purposes of any kind.