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
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
DOLOMITI ADVENTURES SPECIALIZED STORE AND HERO: ALWAYS TOGETHER, ALWAYS IN THE INTERESTS OF THE REAL HERO
Dolomiti Adventures Specialized Store has been at the side of BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites since the first edition and is not just a technical partner, but much much more. Do you need technical advice or assistance regarding mountain bikes, endure models, e-bikes or road bikes?! At Dolomiti Adventures Specialized Store located on the main road running through Selva, you will find experts ready to help and best advise you. Here, you can also buy your favourite bike or rent one, and so spend pleasant times with friends and family, or of course moments of adventure and absolute fun. Moreover, in the Dolomiti Adventures Specialized Store, or directly on the online store, you can buy clothing and accessories from the HERO Style collection and in consequence feel like a real HERO, 365 days a year.
For information: www.dolomiti-adventures.com
4,019 TIMES WE THANK YOU!
The tenth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites has just ended. Days full of emotion, passion, effort and sweat, which have shown us all those values that only sport can transmit and communicate in such a clear and sincere way. The HERO really is the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world and you who have been part of it, no matter what the result, are all HEROes. The first priority of all was to put oneself to the test, and not with the other 4,018 registered competitors. We can only thank you for the trust and affection that you show us each and every year, and look forward to meeting you at the 2020 edition, scheduled for 20 June. Thank you HEROes: if the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is so spectacular, it is above all down to you!
VIDEO AND PHOTO
To relive the excitement and the fatigue of the HERO 2019, we once again arranged for the online service provided by Sportograf. You can view, choose and purchase personal photos take of you during the race. What a great memento of the occasion to show family and friends, and also to keep for yourself the thrills and excitement of the race route and, why not, also to begin to think about how to improve for the 2020 edition!
Download photos: https://beta.sportograf.com/en/event/5404
A HERO DIPLOMA
On our site, all HEROes can download their personal diploma with their own final race time. A real demonstration of the HERO spirit to be shown with pride, a record of strength and determination, of the fundamental requirements to finish a competition like the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. A diploma to hang up in the office, at the local bar, or simply to hang in the garage next to the mountain bike
Print the diploma: http://www.discoveryalps.it/attestati/herodolomites2019/?lang=it
RELIVE THE HERO
Now that the HERO is over and you are back home, no doubt fatigued by the effort you put into the race, you can return to live the spirit of the competition by connecting to the site www.herodolomites.com - on the homepage - for the original images of the 2019 edition and the live mondovisione!
Don't miss the services that can be viewed online on youtube.
Watch highlights 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2acBuNhFOiw&app=desktop
GOODBYE UNTIL THE HERO 2020
In addition to thanking you for being part of this important and exciting tenth edition 2019, we can only give you an appointment next year. 2020 will be a very important year for the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, full of surprises and news that will lead us to cross Italian borders and to become a real world event!
A BIG THANKS TO THE 500 VOLUNTEERS
The BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites is without a shadow of a doubt a unique and spectacular race, the organisation of which depends, every year, hundreds of volunteers working for months to ensure the realisation of the toughest mountain bike marathon in the world. More than 500 volunteers spend time and energy, and work diligently and punctually, to follow every stage of the race organisation: from retrieving race numbers and collection of the race pack, from refreshments to routes perfectly prepared to make life easier for the bikers. Every volunteer is fundamental for the HERO. It is thanks to each of them that the HERO, edition after edition, has always been a great success. It is to each of them that we say thank you, not once, but 500 times over!
PARTNER SÜDTIROL - ALTO ADIGE
These are places that leave you breathless at first glance and that once discovered remain impressed for ever. South Tyrol, with its beautiful mountains and green pastures, is the perfect destination for relaxing holidays, outdoor life and friendly hospitality, not to mention the excellent and varied local food and wine tradition, from the famous apples, wine, the farmersspeck. With over three hundred days of sunshine a year, it is characterised by the unique union of three languages and three cultures: Italian, German and Ladin. South Tyrol is waiting to give you the sort of emotion cannot be found anywhere else.
For more information: www.suedtirol.info/it
HERO WORLD SERIES: "WORLD CLASS" MOUNTAIN BIKING
A few hours after the conclusion of the 2019 edition, a great novelty has been announced for 2020 of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites: the new international circuit of HERO World Series races. Born in the Dolomites, the race format of the world's toughest mountain bike marathon will be repeated on two other dates in locations with a strong exotic appeal, and where, after having measured yourself on the breathtaking climbs of the Sella group, you can now challenge the innovative trails across the Dubai desert and experience the joys of biking across the lush nature of Thailand.
From 6 to 8 February 2020, Dubai will host the first edition of HERO Dubai in the town of Hatta. Home to the national reserve and an area that allows a glimpse into the authentic culture of the Emirates, the territory of Hatta is striking for the atmosphere that only the desert is able to convey in its natural authenticity. The marathon route is on a 72 km circuit with 2,240 metres of altitude difference and is open to all bikers. Alongside the proposal of Dubai, the HERO World Series circuit extends even further east with the third stage being held in Thailand, and more precisely in the locality of Chiang Rai. It will host the event from 8 to 10 October 2020.
Naturally, the HERO WORLDS SERIES circuit will take in the Dolomites, the place where it all started ten years ago. The date set for the 2020 edition is Saturday 20 June 20 and this will be the 11th edition of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites.
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN
Registrations for the HERO World Series are open from yesterday, 17 June, this to celebrate 10 years of the HERO. The circuit is offered at the promotional price of Euro 290,00 (representing a saving of Euro 60,00) and includes participation in all three races of the HERO World Series. The promotional price is valid until 30 June 2019. Registrations must be made through Datasport, also accessible from the website www.heroworldseries.com.
The first stage of the HERO World Series will be held in Hatta and the birth of this HERO event in February 2020 is thanks to the partnership with XDubai, a company in the United Arab Emirates which has a strong focus on athletes and events dedicated to action sports. In its intended development of activities, the company aims to enhance the destination of Dubai as an attractive and well-structured location for the practice of many disciplines: of course, among these must also now be counted mountain biking and the birth of HERO Dubai is a further step along this growth path.
For more information: www.xdubai.com
WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE HERO WEEKEND
During the weekend of the tenth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites variable weather is forecast with the probability of some showers. We therefore advise you to bring with you suitable clothing to best face the toughest mountain bike race in the world, remembering that you will be biking at over 2,000 metres above sea level.
THE DOLOMITES, A FRAGILE AND SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENT TO PROTECT
The Dolomites, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site since 2009, are a 'common good' to be conserved and protected. Cycling in close contact with nature, in a rare scenario such as the Dolomites, necessarily means learning to live with the surrounding environment, respecting its rules and minimising any impact on this delicate natural topography. This is why the Organising Committee of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites has been committed since the very first edition back in 2010 to promoting a culture of respect for nature, so much so that it has received the precious "Going Green Event" certificate.
THE HERO PROGRAMME 2019
On the occasion of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2019, the HERO BIKE Festival returns from 13 to 16 June. Thursday 13 is scheduled for the "HERO X Night", an evening during which you can relive the excitement of 10 years of the HERO. On Friday 14 June there is the HERO KIDS for children 4 to 12 years of age. At 7.10 a.m. on Saturday 15 June we have the start of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites. At 9.00 p.m. on Saturday the three days conclude with the HERO Great Finale! and the Champions' Awards ceremony. And to really finish in style on Sunday 16 June, there will be the first edition of ZERO Dolomites, a day to spend on the bikes in the name of sustainable mobility.
For the complete programme visit the link:
For safety reasons, there will also be this year time limits at certain points on both routes. This is a necessary measure to ensure that all athletes are safe and protected from any critical situations, such as having to cycle after dark on mountain trails in complete solitude and with little energy left to return to the finish line. With this choice we wish to increase the level of safety of a certainly demanding race, the nature of which needs to be respected and not underestimated.
To consult the time limits of the various check-points go to point 12 of the regulations:
SOUTH TYROL - ALTO ADIGE: a land to discover at the dining table
They are places so beautiful that it is almost hard to imagine them, places that leave you breathless at first glance, and that once discovered remain impressed for ever. But not only that, they are also places of taste and genuine products. These include the renowned and well-known Marlene apples, as well as the fruit and vegetable products of the Unterthiner company. The Peter Zemmer wine cellar and the Kellerei Bozen wine cellar are also worth a visit. Equally typical and appreciated is the Siebenförcher sausage factory, famous for its speck. And for all those who suffer from coeliac disease or food intolerances, Dr. Schär's products are perfect.