Over the past week I have had the occasion to take a look at the 2014 Mille Miglia. The event will be held from May 14 to May 18, 2014. There will be a number of changes for the event known as “the most beautiful race in the world”. The 2014 Mille Miglia will have a route that is 1,708 kilometers (1,040 miles) long.
A major change this year is that the route will be covered in four days rather than the traditional three days, used since the modern revival of the Mille Miglia many years ago. However the schedule is still quite aggressive and the competitors will be on the go all of the time. Following is a schedule overview of the four days:
Day 1 Start 18:00 Finish 23:00 Distance 228 km
Day 2 Start 7:30 Finish 22:30 Distance 710 km
Day 3 Start 6:30 Finish 20:00 Distance 552 km
Day 4 Start 7:00 Finish 11:30 Distance 281 km
Looking at the schedule there a couple of long days and three short nights that will challenge the competitors.
The route of the 2014 Mille Miglia is shown below. You know that the route will be spectacular and that spectators will be present in many locations all along the route.
Route Of The 2014 Mille Miglia
Another new feature that will be added this year are six regularity sections with hidden controls. The Mille Miglia has not had regularity sections for about 10 years. Officials say that one reason to add the regularity sections was to help balance the competitive aspects of the event between countries were regularity sections are common in rallying and those countries where they are not widely used. There will be 74 timed stages, therefore the vast majority of the controls will be based on crossing a known timing line at precisely the right 100th of a second. Nobody ever said that the Mille Miglia was easy.
A Mercedes-Benz In A No Passing Zone At 2013 Mille Miglia – Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz