DOLOMITES VAL GARDENA
Val Gardena is situated in the heart of the Dolomites, a mountain area declared as a UNESCO World Heritage thanks to its outstanding and unparalleled beauty. In the valley are the villages of Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva, characteristic mountain settlements nestling in the stunning landscape. The valley enjoys a fine reputation for its hospitality, excellent cuisine, and for the fact that it offers diverse opportunities to practise sport and enjoy the outdoors in general. Apart from mountain biking and on-road cycling, there is the chance to go climbing and trekking and of course skiing is the main winter attraction. The cultural offer is also vast. Val Gardena is certainly a location to discover!
For information: www.valgardena.it
THURSDAY 13 JUNE: A DAY FOR HEROES AND A “HERO X NIGHT”
BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites will take place on Saturday 15 June and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon, there will be a four-day long programme packed with exciting events. In fact, from 13 to 16 June 2019 the HERO X Festival will delight all visitors. Things will get moving on the morning of 13 June when bikers can try out parts of the two courses in the company of local guides – a great opportunity to see first-hand the 86 and 60 kilometre routes. On the same day the HERO Village, a space dedicated to the mountain bike and its ongoing evolution will open, and you will be able to pick up your Welcome Pack.
For our female riders, partners of the male bikers, and females attending the HERO in general, there will be the “HERO Women’s Lounge”, an area with many attractions and activities thought of for the fairer sex. Moreover, at 21.00 on the same evening there will be the “HERO X Night”, a special evening to relive some of the remarkable and thrilling moments of the last ten years of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites.
HERO KIDS: A SUPER HERO STYLE RACE FOR THE HEROES OF THE FUTURE
The BMW HERO is always keen to pay special attention to the needs of the small kids who are already dreaming of one day becoming a real “SUPER HERO”. At 15.00 on Friday 14 June the HERO KIDS will take place, a non-competitive race dedicated to the young ones aged between 4 and 12. Do not miss the chance to see the kids in action, for it is a thrilling sight which will warm your hearts – a real spectacle as the young bikers make their way around the routes set out in the village. After the races, at about 16.00, there will be a “HERO Birthday Party”, it too a special occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites.
HERO MARATHON: THE RACE TO MAKE OF YOU A HERO
The vital date on the calendar this year is Saturday 15 June, the day when at 7.10 in the morning the starter’s pistol will signal the beginning of the tenth running of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. The moment will have arrived when you are able to give the best of yourself and seek to become a HERO. Once the gruelling effort is over, and precisely at 21.00, there will be the HERO Great Finale! It is the event’s prizegiving moment and also the chance to acknowledge champions. Join in this great entertainment spectacle, an evening in which lights and music will provide the backcloth to unforgettable moments, moments which will mean so much to you and all the other 4018 bikers who have shared in the ups and downs of the race, and no doubt pure emotion will pour through.
ZERO DOLOMITES: FINISH YOUR WEEKEND WITH A LEISURELY RIDE AROUND THE DOLOMITES
No better way to celebrate four days of mountain biking fun than to take part in a special mtb day, namely the ZERO Dolomites day: a day to pass on the bike in the sign of sustainable mobility, but after the efforts of the day before this “day after” is a non-competitive one and one in which it is easy to stay alongside family and friends as we discover Val Gardena on an e-bike, and with the chance to test-drive one of the BMW electric or hybrid vehicles. The day also foresees a tasting for all participants of zero kilometre agro-food products.
CHOOSE ONE OF FOUR PROGRAMMES WHICH BEST SUITS YOUR NEEDS
On the basis of the objective you have set yourself, your physical condition and the time you have available, you can choose from four different training plans which you will find on our web platform. The two “Advanced” programmes provide for five training sessions a week, to effect directly on your mountain bike and designed specifically to respond to the demands of the two HERO routes. In the two “Basic” programmes, however, the weekly outings are reduced to three and are more appropriate for those bikers focusing on just finishing the race.
On the platform itself there will also be indicated exercises so as to strengthen various parts of the body – abdominals, biceps and triceps -, and also guidelines on how to calculate cardiac frequency in the training sessions themselves.
“HOW TO BE A HERO”: THE MANUAL ON HOW TO BE ONE OF THE MOUNTAIN BIKE “HEROES”
It is an essential item to have in your bookcase, especially if you have decided to take on the challenge of the tenth edition of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. “How to be a HERO” is published by Mondadori, exclusively for the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, and will surely help you to achieve your target. Space will be dedicated to explanations of the routes, the difficulties to be encountered, and numerous tips on biking technique and preparation of your bike in general.
Purchase the book http://www.herodolomites.com/store
SPECIALIZED IS THE WORLDWIDE PARTNER OF THE BMW HERO
As you well know 2019 is a particularly important year for us. As you read these lines, we are busy preparing to celebrate our tenth birthday. At our side is a partner of great prestige, that is to say our partner is one of the leaders in the biking sector. Specialized is the Worldwide Partner of the BMW HERO. The company, located in Morgan Hill, in California, has chosen us because we share some of the values distinguishing both our stories – values such as innovation, challenge, and nature.
More about Specialized https://www.specialized.com/it/it/hero-x
“BMW HEROX”: A SPECIAL EDITION
The 15 June 2019 will be a really important date for the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, and not only for those who work behind the scenes in organising the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon, but also, and perhaps more importantly so, for the thousands of HEROES who over the years have conquered their own particular challenge. In fact, the year just begun will celebrate the tenth edition of the BMW HERO, an achievement well worth recognising. These have been ten years in which thousands and thousands of kilometres have been pedalled and in which we and many of you have committed heart and soul to making the BMW HERO an ever more important event, so much so that there are now participants from 45 countries across the world taking part. Among athletes competing there are international stars but also ordinary “heroes” who have set out with a specific objective in mind. We look forward to celebrating this great occasion and to triumphantly blowing out the ten candles on the cake celebrating our tenth birthday, and enjoying a edition which promises to be truly spectacular.
THE WELCOME PACK FOR THE “HEROX” HEROES AND HEROINES
Again, this year the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites will have a substantial Welcome Pack for all 4019 participants registering for the race. In the ‘HEROX’ shopper there will be a GORE WEAR tech jersey, the brand having been associated with the BMW HERO from the very first edition. This short sleeved zipped jersey is perfect for the warmer season thanks to its highly breathable material. This year it is available in a pink colour so as to recognise the contribution to the ladies who have given so much to the HERO, and it is certainly a jersey to enjoy in the summer months!
And there is more besides, for all registered participants will receive an easy to use and very handy Crankbrothers Klic Hv high volume hand pump. With its hidden magnetic tube it will be just the job should you puncture whilst out with friends on a ride. Of course, we have also thought to make sure that both the jersey and the pump have an exclusive graphic dressing celebrating the tenth edition of the “HEROX” Südtirol Dolomites.
BMW: A SPONSOR OF YOUR PASSION
BMW has decided to figure again in 2019 in the role of Presenting Sponsor of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, this in the tenth year of the event. The passion for seemingly impossible challenges which drives HERO participants, is the same as the BMW X3 transmits. The robust and energetic look of the off-road, the intelligent integral traction of the BMW xDrive, the unbeatable agility, and a propulsion which releases real dynamism make this vehicle a perfect companion in every adventure. And even more so when it comes to off-road driving!
This brand for mountain bike components and accessories has always wanted to follow a particular philosophy in the project planning process: starting with a sketch on blank paper so as to arrive with a product which contributes to making every pedal action better than the previous one. It is by adopting this approach that since 1997, the year in which the American company came to life in a Laguna Beach garage, Crankbrothers has grown to become one of the outstanding world brands for wheels, saddles, pumps, parts and accessories in the off-road cycling industry.
UNDER THE HERO TREE
There is less than a month to go until Christmas and the race has already begun to buy presents. It is a race which our HEROES will find a lot easier than the challenge they face next June here in the Dolomites. This December race however is one to take seriously, for relationships with partners or team members are at stake. Here at the HERO we have come up with the ideal present to gift: a kit made of three items ideal for winter training – a long-sleeved jersey, a hat, and for those relaxing moments after training we have added a tea-cup! All three items are in HEROX style, and represent a kind thought as we approach the tenth anniversary edition of the world’s toughest mountain bike race. It is a useful and fun gift and the cost is 49 Euro, payable in the shop area of the HERO online site.
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!