SPECIALIZED IS THE HERO WORLDWIDE PARTNER
The next edition of the HERO will be a really significant one, and as we prepare for the HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2019 we are happy to announce some important news. The news concerns the officialization of a partnership with one of the leading companies in the mountain bike sector: the Morgan Hill company in California will be Worldwide Partner of the HERO. The company chose us because we both share important values which distinguish our approaches, such as innovation, challenge and nature. This partnership really is an important development for the tenth edition of the HERO, and it will have an impact on you also - stay tuned in!
PASSION IN EACH BEAT: #THEHEROINME
It governs our every moment and is constantly present and never absent. Yes, it is our heart that puts in movement every part of our body. It never rests, and beat after beat it accompanies us in each and every challenge, whether of a personal, working, or sporting nature. Our heart is our life, and symbol too of love and passion. The heart Is therefore our choice of icon to represent the tenth edition of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites. Every HERO has a heart which beats without fear of the effort and challenge to face and which holds within a secret, personal, and particular sentiment. Every biker who commits to the HERO 2019 has a reason for so doing, an objective, a dream to realise, a hero within. This is why we have #theHEROinME as our hashtag for the 2019 and tenth edition of the HERO. What do you think? Will it be the hashtag for you?
TOMORROW REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THE HERO 2019!
Get ready to be in position in front of the computer tomorrow at 20.00, the moment when registration officially opens for the HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2019! There are 4,019 race start numbers available to take part in the tenth edition of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. The two routes of 60 and 86 kilometres have the spectacular mountains of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage, as their backdrop.
For further information: http://www.herodolomites.com/en/race/sellaronda-hero-marathon/the-race/registration-2019
THE HERO SHIRT
On registering, as well as receiving a race jersey and start number for the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon, one can also choose, direct from the Datasport on-line store, the personalised HERO Shirt 2019 or the winter jersey, the latter ideal for the preparation and training throughout the colder months leading up to the race itself.
FROM 13 TO 16 JUNE 2019 THE THRILLING HERO BIKE FESTIVAL RETURNS
The 2019 edition will be really special, in that the HERO will celebrate its tenth birthday. There will be great celebrations, and not only on Saturday 15 June when the 4,019 participants set off from Selva Val Gardena, but throughout the four days of the great HERO Bike Festival. From 13 to 16 June 2019 there will be a rich calendar of events dedicated to the world of mountain biking, a real boost to accompany all bikers to the start line and ready to face their challenge. Right through, from the opening on Thursday, the popular HERO Kids on Friday, and the HERO Women’s Lounge dedicated to our “heroines” and obviously the HERO Great Finale prizegiving will all feature!
THE NEW OFFICIAL HERO 2019 VIDEO TRAILER IS ONLINE
Go beyond one’s own limits, listen to one’s heart beating fast, sense the acceleration on one’s breathing. Aim to achieve one goal, to succeed in a single objective ... that of conquering the HERO Südtirol Dolomites – the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon, the one taking place with the Dolomites as a backdrop. The new and exciting official HERO 2019 video trailer is now online.
See it at: https://bit.ly/2wMg8MJ
LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS TO GO TO THE OPENING OF REGISTRATION FOR THE HERO 2019!
It will be the tenth edition of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. It will be an occasion not to miss at any cost, especially for those who have made mountain biking not just a passion but a very style of life.
Registration opens at 20.00 on Wednesday 12 September and from there on the excitement grows as we go towards the 2019 running of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites! There will be 4,019 race start numbers available so remember to register as soon as possible. From this year, ladies who are registered with their national federation will be able to compete also over the 86 kilometres route. Also for the 2019 race it will be possible to register your own team, this provision only for the 86 kilometre route: every team will need to have a minimum of eight members (men and women combined) from the same club and with a Master category classification. The registration of the individual team members need not necessarily take place at the same time. It will in fact be possible to create new teams and modify the composition of such in successive stages, this by contacting the Organising Committee.
Again, in the 2019 edition the HERO Südtirol Dolomites will support Sporthilfe Alto Adige. All HERO bikers wishing to support this initiative will have the chance to start from the grids of their category right behind the Elite bikers. To support this cause when registering for the race on Datasport, as well as paying the registration fee it is necessary to choose the “Priority Start” option at a cost of 50,00 Euro.
For further information: http://www.herodolomites.com/en/race/sellaronda-hero-marathon/the-race/registration-2019
THE HERO WITH YOUR OWN TEAM
So as to share the thrills and spills of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites with your very own team-mates, this year it will be possible to register your own team, this provision only for the 86 kilometre route: every team will need to have a minimum of eight members (men and women combined) from the same club and with a Master category classification. The classification will be decided by totalling the sum of the best 8 times of members from the individual team and the first prize will be a weekend in Val Gardena. The registration of the individual team members need not necessarily take place at the same time. It will in fact be possible to create new teams and modify the composition of such in successive stages, this by contacting the Organising Committee.
For further information: http://www.herodolomites.com/en/race/sellaronda-hero-marathon/the-race/registration-2019
HERO Charity 2019: SUPPORT THE YOUNG SPORTING TALENT OF OUR CHAMPIONS TO BE ... AND YOU CAN START ALONGSIDE THE CHAMPIONS OF TODAY!
Again, in the 2019 edition the HERO Südtirol Dolomites will support Sporthilfe Alto Adige, the not for profit association, the main objective of which is to support the young sporting talent of South Tyrol. All HERO bikers wishing to support this initiative will have the chance to start from the “Sporthilfe Alto Adige” grid and right behind the Elite bikers in that race category. Bikers registered for the 86 Km race will set off in this third grid at 7.30, whilst those down for the 60 Km race will be in the ninth grid setting off at 8.05.
To take advantage of this privilege it will be sufficient to follow the procedure on the Datasport portal and, as well as confirming the registration fee, add to the trolley the “Priority Start” option to the value of Euro 50.00. The fee collected will be devolved entirely to the Sporthilfe Alto Adige association.
OPENING OF REGISTRATION PERIOD: 12 SEPTEMBER 2018
The HERO 2019 promises to be an event in an event, so special will the occasion be. Not only will it be a great sporting moment but it will be a real spectacular for all mountain bike enthusiasts. So as to be sure of getting your race start number and being part of this extraordinary event make a note of 12 September 2018, when from 20.00 on it will be possible to connect to the event’s official site, www.herodolomites.com and complete your on-line registration. As a special concession, bikers having participated in two HERO races will be able to gain access from Monday 10 September at 8.00 on. From this year too, ladies who are registered with their national federation will be able to compete also over the 86 kilometres route. The total number of participants is fixed at 4,019.
Make sure you register as soon as possible for this very special HERO year!
THE HERO TO CELEBRATE ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY
There are dates in our lives which we always remember: the high school diploma, our wedding day, the birth of our first child. And then of course there is our date of birth, a date which remains imprinted on us throughout our lives. It is the date of our coming into the world and from which date on all other emotions, experiences, joys, and also moments of difficulty, refer back to. For we at the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, 2019 will also be a year to remember for ever in that it represents the tenth edition of our race. Saturday 15 June 2019 will be the date when the race is held, a race which has become known as the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. Ten important years have passed, ten years of great thrills and excitement, ten years of witnessing great champions, and also ten years of seeing thousands of heroes such as yourself cross the finish line, achieving success after choosing to compete in a spectacular yet extremely difficult race. For 2019 the 60 and 86 kilometres routes will remain the same, and as always there will be the magnificent natural landscape of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage, to accompany you on your way. We here at the HERO are already preparing to celebrate this important date together with you.
BEGHELLI MAKES SURE THAT SPORTING ACTIVITY IS AS SAFE AS CAN BE
Constant attention to safety is a responsible part of the passion for cycling. It is from this consideration that the choice of the Beghelli Group to become Worldwide Partner of the HERO came. It is with the safety of all sports enthusiasts in mind that the company produced, thanks to its long experience in the field of ‘tele’ assistance, the “SalvalavitaGO Beghelli”, a special yet simple device to use in emergency situations. Via applying slight pressure on two buttons the SalvalavitaGO Beghelli connects to your smartphone and emits emergency notifications to several numbers simultaneously, also communicating the position of the person wearing the device.
SalvalavitaGO Beghelli can be worn in the race itself, in training, and if you wish right throughout the day. It has been designed for all – young and old, active and not so active – and is the perfect solution so as to feel safer when practising sport or whenever one is alone inside or outside the house.
LOOKING FOR A NEW CHALLENGE?
From the mighty Dolomites to the Swiss Alps, tick off your bucket list of iconic mountains to conquer! The BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is a big challenge – why not use your fitness and step up to a stage race? The Perskindol Swiss Epic is a demanding yet rewarding 5-day event. With a fresh new route each year, it’s a unique test of endurance, resolve and skill with the staggering beauty of the snow-capped, jagged skyline set as the perfect antidote to the physical and mental demands of MTB racing. Two-person teams, top professionals and ambitious amateurs alike, explore the seemingly endless, magical trails of the Valais region. An all-inclusive rider package makes for an unforgettable Alpine experience in the Swiss Alps!
The ‘Race to the Matterhorn’ kicks off in Bettmeralp near the Alesch Glacier. Riders cover 50-80km with 1800-2800m of climbing each day, and are rewarded for their hard efforts with magnificent, flowing single track. It all culminates in the Grand Finale, finishing in the charming resort town of Zermatt, where riders enjoy the spoils of the region, and a heroes’ welcome.
Registration is open until July 31, 2018
Find more route info here
ONE HERO RACE (AND 4018 HEROES) ON TV
The pull and the allure of the HERO and its appeal to all bikers around the world is demonstrated by the vast TV coverage dedicated to the race. On Saturday 16 June the satellite channel Eurosport 2 transmitted parts of the race to 67 countries worldwide – in Europe, Asia and the Pacific with live coverage of a 2 hour duration and broadcast in 20 languages. Morever, shots of the HERO were shown on RAISport. The total coverage represents a colossal attention throughout the world to the ninth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, and the extraordinary thing is that you were very much an integral part of it!
NO STOPPING THE MEMORIES OF THE BMW HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES
The final curtain has recently come down on the ninth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. Many memories remain of the great day of Saturday 16 June when you as one of the 4018 heroes set about the challenge of conquering the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. To see the most intense and dramatic moments of your HERO experience all you have to do is to look at the photo album and films on the official race site.
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS OF AN 86 KILOMETRE CHALLENGE
The BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is no simple race. To take part in the BMW HERO means to put oneself in the mix, realise a dream and win a challenge with oneself, and needing to set new levels of achievement and overcome whatever difficulty presents itself. To relive the vital moments of the race, the stunning landscape, and the spills and thrills of the ninth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, tune in to the Icarus programme that will be transmitted on Sky Sport Arena. In this special episode an Icarus team shows how real the challlenge is to overcome difficulties and compete over 86 kilometres in the world's toughest mountain bike marathon.
Watch the Icarus programme on Chanel 203 – Sky Sport Arena – on the following days and times: (Times indicated are Italian time Zone)
- Monday 16 July 18.30
- Tuesday 17 July 6.00 - 8.00
- Wednesday 18 July 2.00 - 8.30 and 12.30 - 20.00
- Thursday 19 July 18.30
- Friday 20 July 6.30
- Saturday 21 July 6.00
- Sunday 22 July 12.15
USING THE SUPERSUMMER CARDS IT BECOMES EVEN EASIER TO DISCOVER THE DOLOMITES BY MOUNTAIN BIKE
Amazing landscape, mountains of a unique geological formation, wildlife and rare plants. All are part of the Dolomites scene. If you are a mountain lover and wish to immerse yourself in the silence of the Dolomites valleys and discover new gems of places, even in the higher mountain reaches and without giving up on your mountain bike, then the Supersummer cards are ideal for you. The Cards enable you to access 100 lift systems in the Dolomites and each Card has a number of points which are electrically scaled down as you use the lifts necessary for your trail. The Cards may be used from 01/06/2018 to 04/11/2018 on lifts operating at the time.
For information: www.dolomitisupersummer.com
LADIES AND YOUNGSTERS ARE IN THE MIND OF THE BMW HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES
BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites has a solution for ladies who are used to following their partner as he competes in races. If you too would like to get involved in the world of mountain biking, why not take advantage of the clinics we organise so as to gain all the necessary skills and confidence to enjoy mountain biking in safety? Skills learned go right through from correct position on the bike to technique for downhills.
And BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites keeps the small ones in mind too. Thanks to the “KIDS on Wheels” programme, the youngsters will receive suggestions and precious advice on biking techniques and the world of off-road in general, all conducted by the ex Italian downhill skier Peter Runggaldier, he an expert biker and Technical Director of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites since its very first edition.
For information and registration: www.specialized-dolomites.com
HERO TRAILS: DESIGNED FOR WHOEVER WISHES TO EXPERIENCE A REAL NEW ADRENALINE RUSH
Thanks to HERO Trails you can choose from 70 excursion proposals in the heart of the Dolomites and be accompanied by expert guides. These trails will enable you to discover the most fascinating parts of the various valleys which are around the Sella: from Arabba and Fodom to Alta Badia, from Val Gardena to Val di Fassa, and not to forget Alpe di Siusi. You can choose the trail or trails most suited to your physical condition – single trails, pleasure trails or e-bike trails, and of the duration of one, three or five days – and bike too along some parts of the world’s toughest mountain bike race. And, of course, making use of the uphill lift systems when needed, all becomes easier and more accessible.
Further information and registration: www.herotrails.com
DOWNHILL ROOKIES ON THE NEW TRAILS OF THE DOLOMITES
On the 7 and 8 July 2018, at San Cassiano in Alta Badia, the third leg of the Specialized Rookies Cup circuit will take place. If the downhill world enthuses you and you are curious to get to know the future champions of this discipline, then this event is one not to miss. The event follows the first two legs in Germany at Winterberg and Steinach, and it will be a great chance to see the promising youngsters, aged between 12 and 17, of this downhill sport. The youngsters will challenge each other on the new Bike Beats-Alta Badia Trails at Piz Sorega, the trails designed specifically for those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of downhill racing.
For information and registration: www.rookiescup.bike
A BIG THANKS TO OUR 500 VOLUNTEERS
If the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is responsible for gifting thrills and emotions like no other, it is due in great part to the effort of our hundreds of volunteers who are involved for months in ensuring that the race is the wonderful one which it is acclaimed to be. To each and every of our 500 volunteers goes the biggest vote of thanks possible. Their enthusiasm and energy yet again contributed to the perfect outcome of the race in every respect: the allocation of race start numbers and distribution of race packs, the managing of feeding stations along the way, and much more. Without their dedication there is now way that we could have the quality event which we do have. Thank you 500 times our dear friends!
‘ARRIVEDERCI’ TO THE HERO TO 2019
Our organisational machine never rests. You have just crossed the Finish line and we are ready to work on the next edition of the race! Apart from congratulating you on your performance in this splendid 2018 edition, we cannot but remind you of next year’s appointment with the HERO. 2019 will be a very special year for the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, in that we shall have ten candles on our cake, and we are anxious to celebrate with you this very important occasion!
RELIVE THE HERO
Now that the HERO race is over for another year and you are back at home, and recovering from the effort made, you have the chance to relive the competitive race and the spirit shown by all – just go to www.herodolomites.com - home page – for the original coverage of the 2018 edition as shown live!
YOUR HERO DIPLOMA
It is important to have some record of your achievement and proof of you having achieved HERO status, to have something tangible so as to show people how you passed an important weekend in your lives. Such record is testimony to your strength and determination in completing a race as difficult and demanding as the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. On our site all HEROES can download their personal diploma, it indicating your race finish time. It is a certificate in keeping with your true HERO spirit!
VIDEO and PHOTOS
The emotions which one experiences during the HERO remain imprinted on heart and mind, and it is difficult to imagine them ever fading. It is the pursuit of living these experiences again which motivates bikers to face the challenge afresh in the next edition of the race. We know that it is important for participants to share their experience with family and friends, and to show them images which capture the great moments of the day. This year, as in the past years, the online service of Sportograf will allow you to view, select and purchase the photos you wish, and some of which will feature yourself in person.
4,018 TIMES THANKS!
A thrilling weekend has just come to the close, and of course all taking place with the Dolomites as a sensational backdrop. We witnessed you bikers ‘give your all’ so as to conquer what is the toughest mountain bike race in the world. For some the race has been a fixed and immovable date in the calendar for years, and for others it was the first time facing a challenge which is as much to do about challenging yourself as it is any other. To all of you, and all others who have followed us in this adventure we can but express our heartfelt thanks. Our thanks our sincere indeed, for we are well aware that the spectacular success of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is a consequence of the efforts of all you HEROES!
HEROES FOR EVER: IN THE RACE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The ninth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites was also a great success as far as social media was concerned. Thanks to tags, comments, shared communications, likes and tweets, many people got to know a lot more about the events and news surrounding the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon.
As well as photos and videos being available online, family and friends, and of course you yourself, can see some of the thrilling race moments direct on the YouTube channel of BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, and also it is here where other interesting and relevant content regarding the 2018 race edition can be found.
ENERVITENE SPORT CHEERPACK
Energy, strength, power. If you don’t have these qualities in abundance then the HERO will certainly be an uphill experience. A little help to reach your objective is no bad thing. At the stand of our partner, Enervit, you will find the new flavours of Enervitene Sport cheerpack to help you face the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2018! Try immediately the new Green Tea e Amarena with caffine flavours. Enervitene Sport cheerpack is an energising product with carbohydrates and vitamins at its base, and is recommended to take before those moments of maximum effort. It is a product easy to take and thanks to the very practical cheerpack packaging, simple to open and close, it can be sipped regularly.
BMW VILLAGE: THE PASSION AFTER THE CHALLENGE.
If the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is a challenge which demands one to push oneself to the very limit, then the BMW Village is the place where you can live your passion to the full.
For four days, from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17, BMW in its role as Presenting Partner of the HERO event, will set up its BMW Village in Selva di Val Gardena. It will be open to all those sports enthusiasts and families wishing to enjoy various BMW HERO Activities.
Enthusiasts will try out for themselves the pleasure of BMW driving, in its most developed and free off road form, this by test driving the New BMW X3, the most evolved BMW SAV ever. The Test Drive Experience will be supervised by professional instructors, ready to explain every feature of the vehicle, integrated BMW xDrive traction included.
Book your test drive for Thursday 14, Friday 15, or Sunday 17 June by sending a mail to email@example.com or by telephoning 0287199131.
After your New BMW X3 experience tou can head for a pit stop at the BMW Lounge and take a few photos as a memory of the experience. The young ones are not forgotten either for they can partake in the KIDS Experience, with climbs and balance activities (Slack Line) and pumptruck rides – it the closed circuit featuring jumps, downhills and acrobatics too!
Take up the challenge of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. Live to the full the passion of the BMW Village.
A PROGRAMME FIT FOR HEROES
The HERO, as is now common practice, is decorated by the various unmissable events forming part of the HERO Bike Festival, it an authentic and packed programme dedicated to the mountain bike, and which will start on Thursday 14 June and conclude on Sunday 17 June 2018. Rich in events which go from the HERO Charity Fashion Night on Thursday evening, to the BMW HERO Kids for bikers from 4 to 12 years of age, taking place on the Friday afternoon. And then there is the icing on the cake with the prizegiving and fun party of the HERO Great Finale! Moreover, there is the chance to visit the HERO Village, located in the centre of Selva Val Gardena, and where the latest trends in the mtb world will be exhibited. Space will also be dedicated to the Bianchi Cafè and Cycles – a real Italian affair if there ever was one. And we must not forget to mention the Women’s Lounge, an exclusive area dedicated to our female heroines. To finish off the weekend in style there will be the Dolomites Bike Day on the Sunday, when, with start from Corvara or Arabba, all will be able to cycle on the roads of the surrounding Passes without being disturbed by motorised vehicles – the timeframe being between 09.30 and 14.30.
To see the complete programme please go to the following link: http://www.herodolomites.com/it/race/sellaronda-hero-marathon/la-gara/programma-2018
RESPECTING TIME LIMITS
Again this year, and to ensure the safety of all taking part in the race, and this applying to both the longer and shorter routes, we have fixed ‘time limits’ by which the bikers must reach certain points along the way. We believe that in sporting events in general, and in the HERO in particular, participants should not be exposed to unnecessary risks when the sun is going or has indeed gone down and the reserves of energy in one’s legs and body in general are really low. The choice we make in this respect is not to deny athletes the chance of crowning their achievement, but to actually have their interests in mind and to encourage them to do better in the next HERO!
To consult the maximum time limits at points along the route go to the following link:
The past winter has certainly left its mark and this can be seen on certain parts of the race routes. The abundant snowfalls of recent months resulted in accumulations of snow on the higher reaches of the HERO routes, and the temperatures in May did not particularly y assist the thawing process. However, we are used to such difficulty and were determined to have all in fine condition so as to assure a memorable day for our mtb heroes. We are happy to report to having cleared a path through any of the snowy areas remaining, and therefore to have prime conditions for the 2018 edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites!
THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE DAYS OF THE HERO BIKE FESTIVAL 2018
For the following days the weather forecast shows an improvement in the weather.
Thursday will start with very overcast conditions but with an increase in temperature throughout the day.
For Friday and Saturday conditions will be stable but with some variation between sunny and cloudy skies.
On Sunday, however, there will be an increased risk of storms.
Weather Forecast Service of the Province of Bolzano.
SAFETY ABOVE ALL ELSE – ALSO WHILST BIKING: “SALVALAVITAGO BEGHELLI”
SalvalavitaGO is born from Beghelli’s long experience in tele-assistance: it is a special device which can accompany you and is simple and easy to use and immediate in response – especially in emergency situations. By simply pushing two buttons, SalvalavitaGO Beghelli connects to your smartphone and sends calls and emergency notifications to several numbers at the same time, communicating too the position of the person who is wearing it. SalvalavitaGO Beghelli can be worn in a race, in training, and if you so wish right through the whole day – this thanks to the nonallergic rubber strap which is comfortable to wear and is waterproof too. It is suitable for all, young and not so young, sporty types and non sporty types, and is a solution ideal for who practises sport or for who for whatever reason is alone inside or outside of the house.
For information go to: www.beghelli.it/salvalavitago
HERO RACE APP: THE SECRETS ON HOW TO BECOME A HERO AVAILABLE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE
For enthusiasts such as yourself, who live the passion for mountain biking throughout the day, it is great to be able to be in contact with all the other bikers and be constantly updated on the race programme, on the routes, and on all the other events and exhibition stands. This the reason why the new HERO Race application has been created and is now available in three languages (Italian, German, and English) from the App Store and on Google Play Store. Having your authorisation, we will be able to geolocate your smartphone and through a series of push notifications – notifications which you will also be able to receive on other devices through a Bluetooth mobile phone connection – and send you relevant information during the Hero Bike Festival days. Also, by registering for such you will have the chance to see the “Wall Of Fame” section, it providing a historical record of your times, finishing positions and general classification, as well as all else which contributes to making you a hero!
Stay connected to the Hero Race thanks to this new mobile app and you will discover special offers, gadgets and widgets reserved to you as one of the many mountain bike lovers.