11. Juli 2014


The European champion in this new mountain bike speciality will be on the starting line of the XCE in Ortisei in Val Gardena this coming Saturday afternoon and he is looking to confirm his strength in this discipline On Sunday attention will move to Monte Pana and the second running of the VAL GARDENA HERO XCO, the cross country spectacular which will see more than 200 bikers taking part. 

All tourists staying in Val Gardena in these days, and of course mountain bike enthusiasts in general, are welcome to attend what will surely be thrilling and action-packed races. Just at Ortisei alone there will be various races making up the VAL GARDENA HERO XCE, the Eliminator style race taking its lead from the alpine skiing format whereby there are a series of heats involving four competitors and only the first placed two go through to the next round.

Among the top names taking part in the Ortisei event, the race being right in the heart of the village, is the Austrian Daniel Federspiel, a star of Eliminator events having already had two victories at XCE European Championships, he being the actual holder of the European title. Trying to seize victory from him in this event will be the Swiss biker Sepp Freiburghaus and our own local competitors Martino Fruet and Fabian Rabensteiner, whilst in the womens race the 24 year old Anna Oberparleiter  from Brunico is among the favourites, she full of confidence after her success in last year’s XCE Eliminator in Ortisei when she was crowned as Italian champion. For the record in last year’s Mens Eliminator in Ortisei the winner was Elia Silvestri.

The VAL GARDENA HERO XCE race takes place on a 370 metre ring style route which is to be completed twice with the start and the finish being in Piccola Piazza S. Antonioin the centre of Ortisei. Qualifying races get going at 16.30 and the main and deciding races at 18.00. Total prizemoney amounts to 8,000 Euro.

And on Sunday ... the cross country event.
The show continues on Sunday 13th July when at Santa Cristina where on the well known ski slopes of Monte Pana there will be the VAL GARDENA HERO XCO, with over 200 bikers competing in different categories: Youth, Newcomers, Élite, Juniors, Master M1/M2/M3/M4 and Open, both for men and women. The youngest competitors race at 10.00 whilst the Élite start at 11.00. We look forward to seeing the actual Under 23 World Champion Gerhard Kerschbaumer in action and he will be keen to win again this year. He will have to fend off the efforts of other highly rated cross country bikers. especially Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez, born 1981 and of Spanish nationality. He was second in the XCO national championships. 

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