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THE HERO DOLOMITES BIKE FESTIVAL: THE MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL AT THE HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES, THE BEATING HEART OF THE ‘HERO WORLD SERIES’ 2021 INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

The HERO World Series is a lot more than a mountain bike race circuit. It is the fulfilment of a dream to deliver the emotions of an iconic competition overseas: the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world which takes place at the foot of the Dolomites.

Everything started here, and that is why the HERO Südtirol Dolomites is the circuit’s ‘beating heart’. Over the course of ten years it has won over the heart of many cyclists and is an event which athletes from all over the world look forward to. Those very same athletes made it grow and become what it is today: the HERO, a unique challenge with, first and foremost, oneself as well as with the rest of the participants.

Save the date: the eleventh edition will take place on 12 June 2021 in the heart of Selva di Val Gardena and on its two legendary routes: 86 km and 4,500 hm, and 60 km and 3,200 hm. The 2021 HERO Südtirol Dolomites is part of the prestigious UCI Marathon Series 2021: this is an important acknowledgement as only six marathon and two stage races, among the most important and exclusive in the worlds, are part of the UCI Series.

But there is more. A celebration of everything mountain bike, the HERO Dolomites Bike Festival, will also be taking place. This itinerant event will grace every stage of the circuit, spanning four days with plenty of events for participating athletes and their groups as well as all mountain bike aficionados.

The HERO Dolomites Bike Festival, 10-13 June 2021

The HERO Dolomites Bike Festival will take place between 10 and 13 June 2021 and kick off with the possibility of exploring the routes with local guides. The HERO Village will also return with its stands featuring go-to MTB brands. The HERO Women’s Lounge is also back, a dedicated space for the race’s women as well as partners, friends, and wives of our HEROes. The HERO Night will take place on Thursday, 10 June 2021 at 9 p.m. – a special evening to revisit the emotions of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites. The following day, the HERO KIDS, a noncompetitive race which always attracts a great number of kids between the ages of 4 and 12, will kick off at 3 p.m. The highlight will be, of course, Saturday,12 June 2021 when, from 7.10 in the morning, the seventh edition of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites will take place. After all the athletes cross the finish line, the unmissable HERO Great Finale awards ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. The HERO Dolomites Bike Festival will conclude the following day with the ZERO Dolomites: a day on your bike dedicated to sustainable mobility.

Registrations for the HERO Südtirol Dolomites open on Thursday, 1 October 2020 (08.00am Europe time) at www.herodolomites.com

HERO WORLD SERIES 2021: GET READY TO MOUNTAIN BIKE IN DUBAI, THE DOLOMITES, AND THAILAND

The HERO World Series’ Organising Committee had to take the difficult decision to interrupt the World Series scheduled for the second half of 2020 to protect the athletes who wanted to hop onto their mountain bikes and conquer the title of ‘HERO’.

We are therefore delighted to announce the dates for the 2021 Hero World Series international circuit! The event was created in the wake of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites’ success, the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world. Over the last ten years, the event has attracted thousands of bikers from all over the world to the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The dates for the HERO World Series international circuit are: HERO Dubai Hatta on 5 March 2021, HERO Südtirol Dolomites on 12 June 2021, and HERO Thailand on 25 September 2021. These three races are part of the UCI 2021 calendar. Considering the last months filled with uncertainty, looking to the future is our way of wanting to continue with such an ambitious and modern project.

Gerhard Vanzi says, The HERO Südtirol Dolomites has always been a challenge right from the start and, just like back then, we are ready to face our biggest one yet. These are unprecedented times and we want to ensure that sports still represent hope and faith not only in our athletes’ skills, but in an entire community brought together by a common passion.’

Registrations open on Thursday, 1 October 2020 on the official circuit’s website www.heroworldseries.com for one or all three races of the event. The provisional starting list features all athletes who had signed up for the HERO World Series 2020 which was then postponed. These athletes will automatically receive a competition number for the 2021 races.

Vanzi continues by adding, ‘We will do out utmost to protect every participant and their group. This is of fundamental importance and takes precedence over the success of the event: we want to ensure that all safety protocols in the countries involved are respected.’

HERO DUBAI HATTA - 5 March 2021

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A mesmerising and unique location which went down well with every participant during the first edition of the HERO Dubai Hatta. The desert challenge will once again take place across Hatta’s nature reserve, precisely in Hatta Wadi Hub, an infrastructure for outdoor sports. There are two confirmed routes: 60 km with 1,600 hm, and 30 km with 800 hm. Save the date and see you on 5 March 2021 to experience incredible emotions that only cycling in a desert can give you.

HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES - 12 June 2021

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Where everything started and the most awaited event: the HERO Südtirol Dolomites boasts two routes - 86 km with 4,500 hm, and 60 km with 3,200 hm. This is a lot more than the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world. This is the HERO. This word embodies sacrifice, commitment, passion, courage – everything needed by a biker to become a ‘hero’ of the Dolomites, a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Save the date and see you on 12 June 2021: the centre of Selva di Val Gardena, the start and end of the race, will come alive with a colourful explosion of flags from five continents. The HERO Südtirol Dolomites is part of the UCI Marathon Series 2021: this is an important acknowledgement as only six marathon and two stage races, among the most important and exclusive in the worlds, are part of the UCI Series.

HERO THAILAND - 25 September 2021

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You thought that Dubai was exotic? Think again, because the HERO World Series circuit spreads its wings and races even further east to the third race: the HERO Thailand on 25 September 2021 will take place in Chiang Rai. This unique tourist destination is a beloved location not only for its countless sights, such as the Wat Rong Khun’s White Temple, but also for its exotic atmosphere. Two routes await our bikers: 65 km with 1,200 hm, and 30 km with 600 hm. Both wind their way across the typical wilderness for a unique experience.

HERO SUMMER 2020: DISCOVER THE DOLOMITES ON YOUR BIKE – AN ADVENTURE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

It is the height of summer and this year we are all aching to forget the last few difficult months. We all want to get back on our feet with renewed optimism and energy. A new adventure awaits, and the HERO Summer 2020 is the ideal solution to explore the outdoors while enjoying your favourite sport.

In the runup to the 2021 BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites edition, the HERO Summer 2020 represent a unique way of taking in the Dolomites’ beauty and to train for the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world. A veritable journey on two wheels to discover breathtaking itineraries and trails.

Book the ‘HERO Summer 2020’ package until 13 September: the deal includes three nights, arriving on Thursday evening, and biking on Friday and Saturday, returning home during Sunday. We recommend you hire the services of a local mountain bike guide for the excursions, which will start from Selva Val Gardena, while you will get to sleep in Bike Hotels in the beautiful Alpine village of Arabba during the excursion. Choose from a variety of different hotel categories starting from €49 a night. We will take care of transporting your suitcases between Selva Val Gardena and Arabba.

The experience will cover the HERO’s traditional two routes – the ‘short’ one boasting 60 km and 3,200 m elevation difference and the ‘longer’ option boasting 86 km and 4,500 m elevation difference. And there is more: bikers can also try out the new Specialized models at the Dolomiti Adventures shop.

Head to the HERO Südtirol Dolomites website and fill out the form to choose the package, your Bike Hotels, and the optional services of a MTB guide and rental of a Specialized bike.
This package will be organised in full compliance of health and safety measures decreed by the Italian Government, guaranteeing every participant’s safety.

For further information and bookings visit:
booking.herotrails.com

HERO SUMMER 2020: BACK TO THE HEROES’ TRACKS

BIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS: A HERO DESTINATION

We can finally dedicate ourselves to our favourite sports and follow our passion. The HERO Trails are back again for you to have fun on your mountain bike and revel in the beauty of the stunning Dolomite landscape, nature’s stunning works of art and the backdrop of the toughest mountain bike race in the world. The trails vary in difficulty and are developed based on the HERO Südtirol Dolomites trails. The different levels are thought for every biker and can be explored with expert guides to discover Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi, Alta Badia, Arabba and even Val di Fassa. You will be spoilt for choice and can cycle on the trail which best meets your level and preparation.

The HERO Trails run until the 27 September 2020: sign up to experience moments of fun and joy in safety and also make use of the lift facilities.

Further information and bookings on 
www.herotrails.com

 

SAFETY FIRST

Health and safety are our priority when it comes to our collaborators as well as the guests who will choose the HERO Summer 2020 offer to experience the thrill of cycling at the foot of the Dolomites. All our biker friends and their group can count on the obligatory and effective cleaning and hygiene measures and initiatives both in the Bike Hotels as well as in the bike shops.

A constant sanitisation plan for all high-touch surfaces, common areas, and bikes available for rental has been planned in compliance with rules and protocols approved by the Italian Government and the World Health Organization.

SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020: WE HAVE REACHED THE 100,000 KM GOAL!

We set a goal and we made it thanks to your contribution: 100,000 km in one week were no small feat but your runs, walks, and bicycle and mountain bike rides transformed an ambitious goal into a dream come true! SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN showed everyone that South Tyrol was ready to get back on its feet - all together and bursting with energy! We were raring to go, full of hope after weeks of lockdown necessary to face the health emergency which hit our country.

A runaway success thanks to your commitment. Professional athletes, families, and everyone, really, decided to take part in this challenge. Their enthusiasm inspired thousands of people in the region. To the extent we were quite blown away: we all became one big team and we actively contributed to a project which involved all of South Tyrol and beyond!

This Sporthilfe Alto Adige initiative was a way to thank everyone who pulled out all the stops during these recent, troubling times to protect the wellbeing of every citizen. The SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN therefore wants to thank doctors, nurses, health operators, chemists, as well as volunteers and the police. A special thought went out to families who, during the lockdown, had to revisit their way of organising things and stick together to face this unexpected situation.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting the initiative. Not one, but 105,352 ‘thank you’. Just like the 105,352 km that were collected for the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN!

For information:
www.sporthilfe.it

RUN, WALK, CYCLE UNTIL 5 JULY 2020 TO SUPPORT SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020: ‘BURSTING WITH ENERGY – LET’S RESTART TOGETHER!’

SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN: we have reached the turning point, so we cannot give up now! We have already uploaded countless kilometres and the 100,000 km goal is in sight – this is the time to remain united and contribute all together to the final goal.

Each and every one of us can run, walk, or hop onto their bike or mountain bike until 5 July 2020. Contribute and upload every kilometre you make by using the free SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN iOS and Android app.

So why take part? We want to homage all the heroes that have worked and still work on the front line of this health emergency. We also want to support Sporthilfe Alto Adige, the non-profit association which helps young, talented South Tyrolean athletes’ dreams come true.

Every kilometre counts: it may not seem like a lot, but every step contributes to the final objective. That is why we cannot give up now.

Take part in SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN by running, walking, or cycling. Sign up on your own or as a family. You can also participate on your own but register as a member of a sports club or a company, contributing to the goal while adhering to safety and social distancing rules. Everyone at their own pace on the roads and paths they love the most with one common goal: 100,000 kilometres.

And there is more – whoever uploads the most kilometres can win some of the following prizes:

‘Most km – individual’: the first places in the running and biking category will receive a weekend for two in a Belvita Hotel in South Tyrol; people between the 2nd and 15th place will receive a crate of Marlene apples.

‘Most km – team’: the first place receives 3 packs of Forst 1857, the second 2 packs of Forst 0.0%, and the third place 1 keg (5 L) of beer

‘Most km – family’: the first place gets a pair of Rudy Project glasses

Download the pp and take part with us in the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020! Bursting with energy – let’s restart together!

For further information visit:
www.sporthilfe.it

FROM SATURDAY, 27 JUNE, RUN, WALK, AND CYCLE FOR SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020: ‘BURSTING WITH ENERGY – LET’S RESTART TOGETHER!’

Not long to go now until the start of the charitable initiative that is the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN!

The goal is to reach 100,000 km and upload your individual courses and trails to the free SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN iOS and Android app between 27 June and 5 July 2020: everyone can take part by running, walking, and hopping on their bike or mountain bike.

Sporthilfe Alto Adige, a non-profit association whose aim is to support young, talented South Tyrolean athletes, is behind the idea. SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020 was created as an homage to all the heroes who have been working on the front line during the COVID-19 emergency.

Even our HEROes can contribute to this ambitious goal by signing up with the ‘HERO’ team profile: together we will be unstoppable!

Take part in SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN by running, walking, or cycling on your own or with your family. You can also sign up as part of your sports club or company while still exercising on your own to comply with the social distancing and safety measures in the Province of Bolzano. Go at your own pace and explore the paths and roads you love the most in the province to reach one common goal.

And there is more – whoever uploads the most kilometres can win some of the following prizes:

‘Most km – individual’: the first places in the running and biking category will receive a weekend for two in a Belvita Hotel in South Tyrol; people between the 2nd and 15th place will receive a crate of Marlene apples

‘Most km – team’: the first place receives 3 packs of Forst 1857, the second 2 packs of Forst 0.0%, and the third place 1 keg (5 L) of beer  

‘Most km – family’: the first place gets a pair of Rudy Project glasses

SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN also aims to raise funds to support young, talented South Tyrolean athletes. The initiative can count on the support of some of the most important South Tyrolean athletes: Manfred Mölgg, Christoph Innerhofer, Dorothea Wierer, Laura Letrari, Elena Pirrone and many more.

Sign up and save the date: an inaugural event for this special initiative will be live streamed on Saturday, 27 June 2020 at 10 a.m. on www.sporthilfe.it and will feature athletes, institutional representatives and many other guests.

Download the app and take part with the rest of the HERO team in the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020. Bursting with energy – let’s restart together!

For further information visit www.sporthilfe.it

SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020: SOUTH TYROL, ‘BURSTING WITH ENERGY - TIME TO RESTART TOGETHER!’

South Tyrol was the first region to implement lockdown and the first to relaunch its economy and businesses. It also wants to be the first region to restart and to do so it needs the help of all heroes who just like you have learnt to love these places by cycling on their mountains, specifically on the trails of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world.

Every little helps: even you can contribute with that same determination which characterises a true HERO spirit!

How?

By taking part in the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN initiative: it will take place between the week of 27 June to 5 July 2020, calling on everyone to run, walk, or cycle on a bike or mountain bike to reach the 100,000 km goal! All the kilometres can be tracked and recorded on the free SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN app available for iOS and Android.

Run, walk, or cycle on your own or with your family, at your own pace, on the roads and paths that you love the most towards one common goal. You can also take part individually on behalf of a sports club or a company - always in compliance with social distancing and safety rules currently in force in the province of Bolzano.

The initiative is promoted by Sporthilfe Alto Adige, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to help and support young, talented South Tyrolean athletes. SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020 wants to homage all those true heroes that have fought on the front line during this difficult health crisis by taking care of the entire community: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, the police, civil defence but also shop assistants and retailers, and our families, of course!

After all, let’s not forget that families played a pivotal role in facing this health crisis: mothers and fathers (parents, educators) had to become teachers, classmates, and sandbox friends from one day to the next. That is why we believe they deserve our ‘thank you’, or rather 100,000 of them, to the tune of the kilometres they can contribute to by participating in the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN project.

An active way of relaunching wellbeing which also promotes sports across all levels - from amateur to professional athletes - while also raising funds for South Tyrol’s next generation of athletes!

Download the app and take part in the SPORTHILFE HEROES RUN 2020: bursting with energy - time to restart together!

For further information visit www.sporthilfe.it

SEE YOU IN 2021!

Dear friends,

Unfortunately, the health emergency in our country and the rest of the world is still a serious matter. The measures taken seem to be producing the first positive results.
However, now is not the time to let our guard down.

The success of an event like the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, played on our home turf and at the foot of the majestic Dolomites, is important for the role of the mountain bike. At this time, our main concern is protecting the people who have made this such a beloved event. In other words, the athletes.

We have decided to postpone the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. We did so to protect them, and out of respect for those people fighting on the front lines of this war. We want people to experience the lively and community spirit of the HERO, which simply would not have been the same this year. The race will therefore take place in June 2021.

See you next year. Let us rejoice in the prospect of sharing an even better and bigger edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites together. The race will also represent the final stage of the HERO World Series 2021.

YOU ARE THE REAL HEROES!

We cannot deny the fact that nobody would have ever expected such a far-away emergency to impact our daily lives so profoundly. It will surely mark our lives forever.
Unarmed before such a small and invisible enemy, one as devious as it is evil. We are ‘blocked’ in our homes: these are the best places to be if we want to protect each other and our loved ones… and yet they feel stifling under our ever-growing wish to return to normality.

These are troubling times. So we want to thank all the real HEROES out there. Those who have been waging an incredibly tough war in the hospital wards, the A&E beds, in ambulances and in countless nursing homes.

Our heartfelt THANK YOU goes to doctors, nurses, technicians, but also the police and volunteers.

We may be ‘heroes’ when it comes to sport, but that is all we are: we never forget who the true heroes are. You. Your resilience in taking on and overcoming this challenge is one of the values the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites has embodied right from the start. It is a power which only superheroes have, using it to fight threats and dangers: both in true emergencies and in sport.

HELP BERGAMO: DONATE TO VITTORIA AND WIN DARIO ACQUAROLI’S LEGENDARY MOUNTAIN BIKE

The city and province of Bergamo have been the hardest hit by the Covid-19 emergency. Vittoria and Dario Acquaroli, MTB World Champion, are contributing by creating a fundraising campaign called ‘UNITI per Bergamo’ (United for Bergamo).

Dario Acquaroli has won many races, but the heart of this campaign is the bike he rode when he won the U23 World Championship in Cairns, Australia, in 1996. A donation of at least €5 will give you the chance to be selected and win this mountain biking legend. Of course, the larger the donation, the higher the likelihood of your name being drawn as explained in the campaign’s rules.

The proceeds will go to the ‘Associazione Padana Emergenza ONLUS’ to support the mobile ICUs in Bergamo who are tirelessly fighting Covid-19.

Our heartfelt thanks go to you for your support!

Donate now: https://www.wishraiser.com/en/campaigns/unitiperbergamo

2020: HERO World Series. The debut.

The new year has just started and we have already begun the countdown to the HERO World Series! The international race circuit and its unmistakable red ‘H’ will alight in different countries: the HERO Dubai (7 February 2020), the unmissable HERO Südtirol Dolomites (20 June 2020), and the HERO Thai (10 October 2020). Deserts, mountains, and forests: the HERO World Series will bring all the emotions which come to life during the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the world’s toughest mountain bike race, to all these different locations.

Registrations are still open: the HERO World Series await you!

Register now at https://www.heroworldseries.com/

The toughest of them all: get ready for a new challenge on the Dolomites.

The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site which saw the start of a great adventure 11 years ago. These majestic mountains have always been the backdrop to what has always been defined as the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon: the HERO Südtirol Dolomites. After the runaway success of its tenth edition, the two traditional routes will kick off this year’s event on Saturday, 20 June. The ‘long’ route, what with its 86 km and 4,500 m elevation gain, and the ‘short’ route boasting 60 km and 3,200 m elevation gain. The starting line for both routes is located in the village of Selva Val Gardena, where the first race took place all those years ago.

Register now: https://www.datasport.com/it/event/?racenr=22687

Train with us from 1 February 2020

Our training plans are back in light of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2020. These valued tools will be available as of 1 February, giving you useful tips to prepare for the big day. Four different training plans are available based on your objectives, overall fitness and available time: two ‘Advanced’ programmes and two ‘Basic’ ones. The website will also feature exercises to strengthen different body parts – abs, glutes, and triceps – as well as more specific instructions regarding the different training paces, and guidelines on how to calculate cardiac frequency during the different training sessions.

For further information visit http://www.herodolomites.com/en

‘Become a HERO’: dress for success with the HERO Training jersey

Purchase the HERO Training ‘Become a HERO’ jersey to sprint from the starting line like a true HERO, prepared for unexpected! This breathable and light jersey, signed by the Italian brand ‘Alè’, features refractive inlets and 3 back pockets. Black and red are a predominant feature: the colours only a true Dolomite Hero – with a capital H – can wear.

Buy it now:

http://store.dolomiti-adventures.com/en/shop_product.asp?c1=34&c2=1&c3=0&p=1&id=197&l=1&val=eur

Our partnership with Specialized, HERO’S worldwide partner, lives on

In 2019, the HERO Südtirol Dolomites’ tenth anniversary, we gave life to our partnership with Specialized, one of the leading companies in the world in the mountain bike industry. The company, based in Morgan Hill (California), is HERO’s Worldwide Partner and will continue sharing the values at the heart of our adventure in 2020: innovation, challenges, nature, and wellbeing! The eleventh edition will be full of surprises: stay tuned to find out more!

For further information visit www.specialized.com

HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES, A DOCUMENTARY ON ITS EMOTIONS AND VALUES

The first edition of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites was awash in a potpourri of emotions: confused and, maybe, contrasting ones. You could feel it in the air, see it in the eyes of the 400 cyclists waiting behind the starting line. Everything was new, the magnificent Dolomites cutting a fine figure from their lofty heights, ready to show them how the chain’s immensurable beauty was directly proportional to its strength and harshness.

The following ten editions saw the number of HEROes grow to 4,000, ready to cross the starting line and compete on now known but not less hard trails and paths; the mountains more beautiful with every passing year, a home away from home for our cyclists. There is no relaxing on the couch here: just a few minutes after the start of the hardest mountain bike marathon in the world there is no time for idle thoughts. All they can do is focus on the race.

Each and every one of these Heroes has their personal reasons for being here. Surely, they will have asked themselves what pushed them to take on this challenge in the first place at least once, the well-known, ‘Why on earth am I here again?’ There are many reasons, and those reasons merge with the values that have made the HERO such a beloved and at the same time event to be reckoned with.

The answers can be heard in this emotion-laden documentary which will have you glued to your seats. The reasons for participating in a race like the HERO are far from obvious: grit and strength of people who have turned their passion for mountain biking into a profession; a redemption of sorts, a challenge against oneself to prove they can do it, especially after a difficult period in their life. And determination to get back in the game, diving into a sport discipline which is so different from the one which sees men in shorts run towards a ball in a stadium. And then again, a wish for change and rebirth: impulses which make us accept a challenge in all its facets.

This is HERO Südtirol Dolomites. Unique and original across a range of different emotions.

WATCH THE HEROES DOCUMENTARY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as8h_MqNWI0

HERO WILL KICK OFF THE MTB ALPINE CUP ONCE AGAIN IN 2020!

There is not long to go now until registrations to the fourth edition of the MTB Alpine Cup open. The international circuit includes four among the hardest, most prestigious and suggestive mountain bike marathons in the world: MB Race Culture Vélo, France, 3-5 July 2020; Grand Raid BCVS, Switzerland, 21-22 August 2020; the Forestière Bulls Bikes, held in transalpine territory, 12-13 September 2020; and, of course, the HERO, 20 June 2020.

An occasion for all the most competitive bikers to test their mettle: a feat of technique and resistance, but also proof of their passion, commitment, and love for mountain biking.

HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2020 will once again be the opening race of the Alpine Cup. Registrations officially open from – 8.00 a.m. on Monday 7 October 2020.

For further information visit http://www.herodolomites.com/en/hero-series/mtb-alpine-cup

HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES: THE HARDEST MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON IN THE WORLD: REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2020 RACE, NOW AT ITS 11TH EDITION, ARE OPEN

This journey started over 10 years ago, uniting thousands of people from 45 countries and 5 continents day after day. People from every walk of life but united by one huge passion: mountain biking. This is HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the hardest mountain bike race in the world, which will celebrate its 11th edition on 20 June 2020 in the Dolomites.

CYCLING IN THE DOLOMITES, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The natural landscape in which the HERO Südtirol Dolomites takes place made it a unique race from the start: the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its two legendary routes fully respect the area and nature surrounding the circuit: the ‘long’ circuit boasting 86 km and 4,500 m elevation gain, and the ‘short’ circuit featuring 60 km and 3,200 m elevation gain. They were conceived at the feet of these beautiful mountains, to be found nowhere else in the world, and made the marathon among the most loved, coveted and hardest events on the international landscape.

For further information: www.herodolomites.com

WHERE VALUES ARE EVERYTHING

2019 represented the crowning moment for the HERO Südtirol Dolomites as it celebrated an important goal: its tenth edition. A success derived from commitment, dedication, and passion as well as perseverance, determination, and even a dash of madness. A dream come true thanks to all the HEROes who wanted to test their skills on the routes.

Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2acBuNhFOiw

SEE YOU IN 2020!

The HERO Südtirol Dolomites will return with its unique atmosphere, colours, and lively emotions on 20 June 2020. There are 4,020 race numbers up for grabs to become one of the Dolomites’ heroes.

Register here:  https://secure.datasport.com/?mtbhero20

REGISTRATIONS TO THE HERO WORD SERIES 2020 RACES START TOMORROW

As of tomorrow, 10 September 2019, registrations to the international mountain bike races of the HERO Word Series will kick off at 20:00 on www.heroworldseries.com and www.herodolomites.com.
2020 will see the HERO travel beyond the national borders to two fascinating locations, where the spirit of the “red H” will thrive and introduce the hardest mountain bike marathon in the world to an even more international audience.

Three events which will stand out for an abundance of natural elements: the desert, mountains, and forests. HERO Dubai will take place between 6 and 8 February 2020, HERO Südtirol Dolomites between 18 and 21 June, and HERO Thailand between 8 and 11 October 2020.
You can sign up to one or all three of the races to become a Hero of the HERO World Series.

HERO DUBAI - 6-8 February 2020
For further information and registrations: http://www.heroworldseries.com/hero-dubai.html

HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES, 18-21 June 2020
For further information and registrations: www.herodolomites.com/en/

HERO THAILAND, 8-11 October 2020
For further information and registrations: http://www.heroworldseries.com/hero-thailand.html

HERO DUBAI, 6-8 February 2020

The Dubai race will take place in Hatta and its Nature Park. The location aspires to become a benchmark for sport tourism destinations by creating a permanent Mountain Bike Trail Centre. An ambition reflecting the Arab destination’s wish to place itself on the international market of off-piste bikes. The route features 63 km and 1,600 m elevation gain; the route is mostly on dirt road and sand and does not feature specific technical elements. Another shorter route (30 km) will also be available for anyone wanting to experience what it feels like to bike across the desert. However, only competing in the 63 km race will qualify you to take part in the HWS circuit.

For further information visit http://www.heroworldseries.com/hero-dubai.html

HERO WORLD SERIES: MOUNTAIN BIKES UNITE DUBAI, THE DOLOMITES AND THAILAND

HERO World Series is a new international mountain bike race circuit which will deliver the HERO spirit and emotions to three locations in 2020. They all stand out for their breathtaking natural landscape: the HERO Dubai will take place between 6 and 8 February, the HERO Südtirol Dolomites between 18 and 21 June 2020 as per tradition on the Dolomites, while the HERO Thailand will take place between 8 and 11 October.

Every race will be planned by paying special attention to sustainability and by respecting the location’s territory, nature, and traditions. The races will be framed by the unmissable HERO Bike Festival: every participant and their family and friends can experience that very special HERO environment in Dubai Desert, on the Dolomites’ summits, and submerged in Thailand’s luxuriant forests.

HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES, 18-21 June 2020

The 10th edition was a runaway success: 2020 aims to be the same and will feature the two traditional routes. The longer route with its 86 km and 4,500 metres of elevation gain, and a shorter route with its 60 km and 3,200 metres elevation gain. Slightly different routes united by the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

For further information visit http://www.heroworldseries.com/hero-dolomites.html

HERO THAILAND, 8-11 October 2020

A breath of fresh air: a whole new world, a fascinating country. Bikers will dive headfirst into the natural wonders of the forests surrounding Chiang Rai in Thailand. A journey which goes beyond the merely physical as they will also encounter traces of the Buddhist culture, in the shape of the White Wat Rong Khun temple. The route is 62 km and features 1,800 m elevation gain. Trails are mainly on dirt road of red soil, submerged in a canopy of lush, green nature unspoilt by mankind. Long ascents – peaking at 1,200 m – are followed by a descent coasting the river, taking bikers back to the starting point.

For further information visit http://www.heroworldseries.com/hero-thailand.html

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR THE THREE RACES OF THE 2020 HERO WORLD SERIES CIRCUIT

What an event the 10th HERO edition was: a unique and exciting day, ten years which seemed like nothing more than a dream when we hoped to reach the big day just a couple of years ago. Yet we made it and celebrated our first big anniversary with all our HEROes. Once this success was done and dusted, we rolled up our sleeves to plan and experience a new challenge with all of you: time to raise the bar! As you will now know, the big piece of news for 2020 is the debut of the international HERO World Series Circuit. Three races will stand out for their red “H”, which will deliver our passion for mountain bikes to the Dolomites and beautiful locations such as Dubai and Thailand.

THE COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED: 10 SEPTEMBER 2019, 20:00

Registrations for the HERO World Series circuit races – HERO Dubai (6-8 February 2020), HERO Dolomites (18-21 June 2020) and HERO Thailand (8-11 October 2020) – will officially open on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at 20:00; get ready to join other heroes who will test their strength in one or more races by enrolling to the races on the websites
www.heroworldseries.com or www.herodolomites.com.   

HERO WORLD SERIES: HERO GOES INTERNATIONAL

A dry desert, majestic summits, and luxuriating nature. There could hardly be an environment as different as these three, yet today they share one common denominator: mountain bikes. Thanks to the HERO World Series, the hardest mountain bike marathon in the world travels beyond its national border, taking place in two exotic locations on two different dates.

Dubai, the Dolomites, Thailand. Three destinations, one goal: to become a HERO.

Watch the HERO World Series 2020 video
HWS video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwVjtLXhYfg&feature=youtu.be

CONVENTIONS

Anyone registering for one or more races in the HERO World Series will enjoy an accommodation offer featuring a transfer service with partner hotels.
A user-friendly information and booking form will go online on 10 September on www.heroworldseries.com, to allow participants to plan their trip when visiting one of the HERO World Series locations in just seven simple clicks.

RELIVE WITH US TEN YEARS OF THRILLS OF THE BMW HERO SÜDTIROL DOLOMITES!

15 June 2019 was not only the "X" edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, but it was one big celebration of we completing ten successful years of hosting the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world. A celebration of sport, of the passion for off-road cycling, but also of the dedication, trust and friendship that you and 4,018 other bikers showed by going up and down the routes across the Dolomites: now that you are a HERO, you too are part of our big family. To relive the festive atmosphere of an unforgettable weekend, don't miss the SKY Icarus special scheduled for the next few days, where the highlights of HERO 2019 will be reviewed in the chronology of ten years of history, thrills and emotions.

You can see the episode of Icarus on Sky Sport Arena and Sky Sport Uno on the following days and times:

Sky Sport Arena – Channel 204

  • Monday 15 July at 18.30 - 23.30 o’clock
  • Tuesday 16 July at 06.00 o’clock
  • Wednesday 17 July at 08.00 o’clock
  • Thursday 18 July at 06.30 o’clock

 
Sky Sport Uno – Channel 201

  • Monday 15 July at 05.15 o’clock
  • Tuesday 16 July at 03.30 o’clock

AFTER THE HERO...A SUMMER FULL OF MOUNTAIN BIKING!

On Saturday 15 June 4,019 HEROes took part in the tenth spectacular edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, but the spirit of the world's toughest mountain bike marathon and enthusiasm associated with the race is very much still alive and will continue so throughout the summer! In fact, there are many initiatives designed for bike lovers or for those who just want to get closer to the world of off-road. All, of course, with the world of two wheels and the HERO brand as the focal points.

HERO TRAILS: FOR THOSE WANTING TO TRY NEW ADRENALINE-PUMPING EXPERIENCES

To enjoy the beauty and wonderful scenery of the Dolomites, real monuments to nature, you can venture out across the HERO Trails, 70 routes born in the very tracks of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. There are various proposals for routes to be explored in the company of expert guides, and which will lead bikers to discover Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi, Alta Badia and Arabba, and as far as Val di Fassa. You can choose between Single Trails, Pleasure Trails, E-bike Trails and Enduro Trails, depending on your preparation, so you are sure to have fun in safety, and also have the advantage of using the lifts to overcome the difficult uphill parts. The offer is wide and diversified and includes packages from 3 to 5 days, going right through until 29 September 2019.

More information and registration on www.herotrails.com

DISCOVER THE DOLOMITES WITH SUPERSUMMER CARDS!

Do you dream of immersing yourself in the silence of the Dolomite valleys, in the midst of breathtaking landscapes, mountains, and observing wildlife and rare plants without ever having to get off your mountain bike? Supersummer Cards are the ones for you. The exclusive Cards allow you to access about 100 lifts in the Dolomites. The Cards can be used till 3rd November 2019 on the lifts in operation at any given time.

For information: www.dolomitisupersummer.com

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