12. April 2017


Just two months to go to the 2017 edition of the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the world’s toughest and most looked forward to marathon of the year, and one remaining chance to take part is that of buying a race start number together with a three day holiday package in one of the establishments participating in the Hotel Partner initiative. The second possibility to compete is through the charitable initiative in favour of the populations in central Italy who were hit by last year’s earthquakes. Two opportunities to make the most of and so be one of the 4017 prospective HEROes lining up at the start on 17 June at Selva Val Gardena.

It is now 8 years since the HERO was first run and it is considered the jewel in the crown for all mountain bike enthusiasts keen to put themselves through the ultimate test of mountain biking. In fact since 2010 bikers from all over the world train hard so as to be able to challenge what has been termed as the world’s toughest mountain bike race: the HERO Südtirol Dolomites.

This year’s race is fixed for Saturday 17 June at Selva Val Gardena, and it will be the day that 4,017 competitors race it out over the two routes, one of 86 kilometres with 4,500 metres of altitude difference and the other of 60 kilometres with 3,200 metres of altitude difference, both around the Sella Group, the Dolomites mountain area so beautiful and fascinating that it enjoys the status of UNESCO World Heritage.

Holiday package: race start number and hotel
To make sure of your place at this truly heroic mtb event it is possible to buy one of the few remaining race start numbers still available, this by buying together with a three day holiday package at one of the establishments taking part in the event Hotel Partner initiative. Packages remain available until sold out so there is still time to book one of the hotels and thereby take part in the HERO 2017, and the hospitality package will ensure that you enjoy a real HERO weekend with the solution of your choice – bed & breakfast, half board, apartment.

A list of the establishments taking part is available via this link:

Charity race start number in support of areas struck by earthquakes
Another possibility to have a race start number and be at the start line is through a charity initiative, specific for the 2017 edition of the HERO, and aimed at creating a fund in support of the populations in central Italy struck by the devastating earthquakes of some months ago. Our aim is to assist so that the works of reconstruction can proceed at an even faster pace. We have created special “charity” race places at the cost of Euro 200 each.

Buying one you will have the chance to compete in the marathon and become a hero for one day! And importantly you will be contributing to the work of recovery and assisting those heroes who in this period are still committed to the difficult task of recreating a future for their home area. http://www.herodolomites.com/en/race/sellaronda-hero-marathon/the-race/charity

Race pack
As for all other competitors individuals registering for the race through the two initiatives outlined above are entitled to an exclusive race pack containing the official GORE BIKE WEAR race shirt for the Hero 2017, and also a CRANKBROTHERS equipment set.

Further information on www.herodolomites.com