ADVENDURE - The 4th Chianti Ultra Trail comes on March 26-27, 2022 with a new 100Km race and many surprises - Matteo Matteuzzi, technical director of CUT, in an exclusive interview at Advendure!

The 4th Chianti Ultra Trail comes on March 26-27, 2022 with a new 100Km race and many surprises - Matteo Matteuzzi, technical director of CUT, in an exclusive interview at Advendure!

Από 07 Σεπ 2021

Chianti Ultra Trail, a trail running event that has left us with the best impressions over the years, which takes place in one of the most beautiful and most historic areas of Europe, the enchanting Tuscany and the picturesque Radda in Chianti, comes with its 4th edition on 26 -27 March 2022. Impressive news is the addition of a new race to its bouquet of races, called Ultra Trail Chianti Castles - UTCC with a distance of 102Km (+4.000m), which unites all the historic castles of Chianti area. Matteo Matteuzzi, a very good friend and technical director of the CUT organization, gives us through his exclusive interview at Advendure - which is the official communication sponsor of CUT for another year - all the information about the upcoming race and its cultural extensions such as Ultra Wine.



[Advendure]: Let's start the interview from this year’s edition of the race. The Chianti Trail Ultra was one of the few races that took place in the spring, at the height of the pandemic. What are your impressions from the race? Are you happy with the organization and participation of athletes, who exceeded 1,000 in a difficult year?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: We are really very satisfied, first of all for the trust given to us by the athletes who participated, they confirmed that they found themselves in a safe environment, and this allowed them to have fun without having too many worries about Covid and this is already a success. We focused a lot on organizing and managing the flow of people, everything went as we had planned. The feedback after the race was even better, we are very happy about it.



[Advendure]: In the 4th edition of Chianti Trail Ultra you added a new race to the already rich race bouquet, the Ultra Trail Chianti Castles - UTCC, of 102Km (+ 4.000m) distance. We know that from the beginning your goal was to have an ultra trail race - over 100 km - and it seems that time has come! What is the philosophy of the new race, its characteristics and the historical points of the enchanting Tuscany that the route will emphasize?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: Our dream is coming true!! For the new 100Km I started from the 73km route which is consolidated and is already beautiful, very rich in splendid landscapes, passages in the vineyards, ancient villages, but our goal was not yet achieved.We wanted to tell what is the real Chianti, it’s a brand used without having the right to it by too many companies and territories.

This route represents the Chianti in its authenticity and in its history. I rediscovered ancient paths that still connect the defensive line of the territory made up of castles, in medieval times this territory was the subject of battles between Siena and Florence, and here the Chianti League was born.



[Advendure]: The “Ultra Wine” event, with a visit to Chianti wine cellars and the Radda in Chianti Sensory Museum has always been one of the most successful - parallel to the race - mountain running events. Can we expect that it will still take place in the 2022 race edition and in what form?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: It is another piece of the puzzle that makes up our dream that of bringing Chianti among the prestigious territories also in the trail, as it is already in wine production with Chianti Classico. We cannot predict what will happen.


[Advendure]: Will the exceptional discount packages of the event (accommodation, registration for the race, use of SPA, dinner, participation in Ultra Wine etc…) also apply for 2022? Are you planning something special, like in the previous edition of the race, for Greek runners and Advendure?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: We are preparing new proposals that will be online by the end of September. We also have news in this aspect, including guided tours to the cellars that grow in number and represent a wonderful experience for those who come to Chianti, and we rely on a mix of sport and food and wine. We invite athletes to visit our site in a few weeks.



[Advendure]: In the 2019 interview at Advendure regarding the 2nd edition of the race, you told us that an integration of "running culture" has started in the Chianti area - something difficult since Chianti has been famous for decades for other things, such as wine and cultural / gastronomic tourism - but there is a lot more to do. Three years and two race editions later, do you see that this “running culture” integration has reached satisfactory levels?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: We have very important signals. Today we do not find obstructions for the passages in the properties where the route passes - there are more than 30 - and this is already very important. Also we are experiencing a significant increase in active tourism, walking, trekking, running and biking, on this Chianti Ultra Trail aspect has brought a lot of attention to our area.



[Advendure]: Are there any changes in the main sponsors & supporters of the race?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: As for the technical sponsors, we confirmed New Balance, which is now our great partner, and Ethic Sport as regards sports nutrition. There will be more news, we are negotiating. At the local level, all the castles that are on the new route have been added, Ricasoli (Brolio Castle), Castello di Ama, Castello di Tornano, to name the most important. A new collaboration has also been added with the pro loco of Gaiole in Chianti where a food and wine walk will be start.



[Advendure]: Closing the interview, are you happy with the Chianti Trail Ultra based on your original thoughts? What do you envision for the future, after the addition of UTCC and your new collaborations?

[Matteo Matteuzzi]: I feel very happy, I feel the support of the territory and the institutions, it is gratifying and helps me to still believe in the project. We do not stop, we have a very specific idea and everything is going as we wanted, we have to work hard to continue growing and I’m convinced that we will achieve our goal.

I want to thank you very much because you have been believing in us since the first day, you are now part of our group, great friends, we are waiting for you with a glass of Chianti Classico!!



Dimitrios Troupis

Δημήτρης Τρουπής

Κατάγεται από το Ξυλόκαστρο Κορινθίας και ζει μόνιμα στην Πάτρα. Συμμετείχε στην συντακτική ομάδα του Adventure Zone από το 2009, ενώ μαζί με τον Τάκη Τσογκαράκη ίδρυσαν και "τρέχουν" το Advendure.  Το τρέξιμο στα μονοπάτια των βουνών και η μεταφορά εικόνων και συναισθημάτων μέσα από τα άρθρα του αποτελεί αναπόσπαστο κομμάτι της ζωής του. Παθιάζεται με τους αγώνες ορεινού τρεξίματος, υπεραντοχής και  περιπέτειας. Έχει πολλές συμμετοχές και διακρίσεις σε αγώνες ορεινού τρεξίματος όλων των αποστάσεων, με έμφαση στους αγώνες ultra trail.  Θεωρεί ότι το τρέξιμο και η πεζοπορία στη φύση είναι μια εσωτερική ανάγκη του ανθρώπου, μας φέρνει πιο κοντά σε αυτήν και μας κάνει να αγαπήσουμε περισσότερο το περιβάλλον.



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