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Bike Festival returns to Garda Trentino

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The Bike Festival Garda includes a marathon

The Bike Festival Garda includes a marathon
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A dirt jumper does some tricks

A dirt jumper does some tricks
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A dirt jumper does trials in the company of a brave volunteer

A dirt jumper does trials in the company of a brave volunteer
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A night-time sprint race

A night-time sprint race
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A night time sprint race at the Bike Festival Garda

A night time sprint race at the Bike Festival Garda
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The start of the marathon at the Bike Festival Garda

The start of the marathon at the Bike Festival Garda
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A marathon racer

A marathon racer
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Thomas Dietsch in the marathon

Thomas Dietsch in the marathon
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A Team Bulls rider in action in the marathon at the Bike Festival Garda

A Team Bulls rider in action in the marathon at the Bike Festival Garda
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The festival area at the Bike Festival Garda

The festival area at the Bike Festival Garda
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The expo area at the Bike Festival Garda

The expo area at the Bike Festival Garda
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A rider at the Bike Festival Garda

A rider at the Bike Festival Garda
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A rider catches air

A rider catches air
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A rider at the Bike Festival Garda

A rider at the Bike Festival Garda
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A rider at the Bike Festival Garda

A rider at the Bike Festival Garda
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The kids' race at the Bike Festival Garda

The kids' race at the Bike Festival Garda
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Kids in action at the Bike Festival Garda

Kids in action at the Bike Festival Garda
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Future mountain bike stars

Future mountain bike stars
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Young kids in action at the Bike Festival Garda

Young kids in action at the Bike Festival Garda
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Garda Trentino will host its 20th Bike Festival in Riva del Garda on May 3-5. The annual mountain bike festival draws attendees and racers from many nations to Italy. 25,000 visitors and 140 exhibitors are expected from around Europe.

Highlights of the 2013 edition will include the Rocky Mountain Bike Marathon on a brand new course on Sunday, May 5. Like in the previous years, riders will choose from four different distances: easy (26.6km/597hm), small (44.79 km/1523hm), big (75.7km/2822hm) and dxtreme (93.93 km/3.813hm).

Enduro racers will also have a chance to compete in the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series.

Non-racing events include the Bikeunit King of Dirt, a dirt jumping show that has delighted attendees since 2008; competitions for 14-and-under riders; guided rides for all ages and abilities; and a Saturday, May 4th party with food, drinks and fireworks.

On the occasion of the festival's 20th edition, a special award will be given to its creator Uli Stanciu.

For more information, visit www.bikefestival.it.