The Best Saddles for Racing The Maratona dles Dolomites

The Maratona dles Dolomites is not just a race; it's a journey through some of the most breathtaking and challenging terrain in the world. Held annually in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, this iconic event attracts thousands of cyclists from around the globe, all eager to test their limits across its demanding courses. With its steep climbs, rapid descents, and stunning alpine vistas, the Maratona is a mighty test for any cyclist.


In such a challenging event, every detail matters—especially the saddle you choose. A well-designed and properly fitting saddle can mean the difference between an enjoyable ride or hours of discomfort and poor performance. Selle Italia has been making top quality saddles for over 120 years with riders around the world loving the brilliant craftsmanship and bleeding edge innovations.


Here are our top picks for the best saddle for the Maratona for every rider.

The Best Saddles for Racing The Maratona dles Dolomites

The Maratona

Spanning 138 kilometres with an elevation gain of over 4,230 meters, the Maratona is a true test of a cyclist's endurance and resilience. The race weaves through the majestic Dolomite Mountains and stunning Italian scenery along an extremely challenging route.


There are two shorter versions available also so that more riders can experience the event. The Middle Course runs for 106km and climbs 3,130 meters, while the Sellaronda is 55km long and has 1,780m of climbing.


The Maratona's course includes some of the most iconic and gruelling climbs in the cycling world, such as the Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, and the formidable Passo Giau, making the correct saddle choice more important than ever.

The Selle Italia Endurance Range

Made for epics like the Maratona, the Endurance range by Selle Italia focuses on delivering comfort on the longest rides and races. One of the standout features of the Endurance range is the use of additional gel padding. This material conforms to the rider's anatomy, providing a cushioning effect that significantly reduces discomfort during long hours in the saddle. The gel inserts are strategically placed to ensure maximum comfort without adding unnecessary weight. The use of TI 316 rails also helps to absorb feedback from the road which can make all the difference over 138km of racing.

SLR Boost Endurance TI 316 Superflow

As one of the most popular Endurance saddles, the SLR Boost Endurance TI 316 is one of our top recommendations for anyone racing the Maratona. The neutral profile of the saddle supports riders with anterior or posterior pelvic rotation, making it suitable for a wide range of riders. The short nosed design allows for greater freedom of movement, while the Superflow cut-out reduces pressure on the perineum. The key to all this comfort however is the lightweight gel layer added in strategic locations for unbeatable comfort.

SLR Boost 3D Kit Carbonio Superflow

Another great choice for the Martona is the 3D printed SLR Boost 3D Kit Carbonio Superflow which offers outstanding comfort thanks to the differentiated cushioning zones. These zones provide progressive absorption and the ability to add more support exactly where it’s needed. Combining this with tried and tested carbon rails and  Superflow cut-out makes this one of our most popular saddles.

SLR Boost TM Superflow

For a great balance of performance and budget, the SLR Boost TM Superflow is the ideal choice. Using the much loved SLR saddle shape and combining it with a carbon composite shell and flexible Manganese alloy rail makes this a very comfortable saddle for the Maratona.

How to Pick the Right Saddle for the Maratona

Selecting the perfect saddle for the Maratona dles Dolomites requires considering several key factors, including your body type, riding style, and previous saddle experiences. It's crucial to opt for a saddle that offers the right balance of comfort and performance, which can be achieved through personalised bike fitting like idmatch and testing different models. 


Selle Italia's range provides options for every need, whether you prioritise lightweight design for climbing, enhanced comfort for long rides, or specific ergonomic features to reduce pressure and prevent discomfort. By taking the time to find the saddle that best fits your requirements, you’ll have the best riding experience and performance possible during the race.

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