Countdown to Sellaronda, Europe’s hardest and baddest bike race

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on March 22, 2010 8:05 am

The press conference marked the countdown toward the SELLARONDA HERO MTB-MARATHON. Only 100 days to the first edition of the mountain bike race that will take off-road fans along the trails of the Dolomites on June 26.

The president of the organizing committee, Gerhard Vanzi, presented the event. After having “invented” the race, he found in partner Peter Rungaldier the passion and enthusiasm that this new rousing project requires. From now on, the Sellaronda name won’t only be associated with skiing and on-road cycling. Now, mountain biking has it’s own place.

Two 50 and 82 kilometer tracks which, in terms of altitude difference (2600 and 4200 meters) makes the Sellaronda Hero Europe’s hardest mountain bike race. The number of registered participants has been limited to 500 for the debut edition.  However the scenario of the four Dolomite passes (Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi and Sella) will attract thousands of bikers and their families.

As proof of the Sellaronda Hero’s tourist value, Val Gardena Marketing manager Gunther Pitscheider has emphasized his association’s support of the event, certain that it will grow and be acclaimed by bikers and the market alike. The bicycle’s economic sector has already shown interest in the Sellaronda Hero. In fact, the large pool of sponsors can be considered a who’s who of cycling’s most qualified names. Scott, GoreBikeWear, Garmin, Shimano, Met, Deuter, Powerbar, Met, Guasto as well as Suedtirol and the Banca Popolare of Alto Adige/South Tyrol.

According to Antonio Lazzarotto, president of the Alto Adige FCI (Italian Cycling Federation), the Sellaronda Hero possesses an extraordinary potential in an area whose ratio between inhabitants and members is twice the national average. According to Lazzarotto, the Sellaronda Hero will live up to its potential by attracting the top national and foreign bikers (also thanks to the 15,000 euro prize money) and more.

The presence of Peter Rungaldier and moreover his Italian national alpine skiing past inspires hope top skiers will attend, as a bridge between the mountain bike and skiing disciplines.  Bikers use ski lifts for certain races.

The Sellaronda Hero countdown is off and running and oganizers are confident the race will become a favorite amongst European biking events.



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