Many years of bets, records and joys have passed since the first edition of the "Tagliagambe" race in 2015 that started more as a joke on behalf of four friends rather than anything else, this year at its 11th edition.
Today it is more or less considered a traditional cycling and running race that is held at the start of the summer season in Elba, and that has become more and more popular over the years among both Italian athletes coming from Bolzano, Turin and Reggio Emilia, and also from abroad: Germany, Finland and Austria.
It is organized by a group of "Tagliagambe" fans in collaboration withthe AVIS of Marciana Marina and the Commune of Marciana Marina, and is a true, 9 km uphill race; the name itself ("tagliare le gambe" literally "cut your legs off") gives you a good idea of how tiring it is, starting off at Marciana Marina and going up as far as Monte Perone, 600 metres above sea level, with a difference in level that at times is as much as 13%.
Over the years, thanks to the fact that the athletes have been getting better and better, the records both of the running and of the cycling race have somewhat come down.
And to prove just how much the athletes from Marciana Marina enjoy a challenge, a race with "Graziella" bikes without gears has been held since 2013; departure is from Poggio, and arrival at Monte Perone.