Italian ski team set to tackle famed Dolomites in Sutrirol Sellaronda Hero mountain bike race

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 25, 2010 7:22 am

The SÜDTIROL SELLARONDA HERO mountain bike race will launch on Saturday June 26th, and with course paths slated to run through the heart of the Dolomites, the event is sure to bring these famed peaks to life.

The event organizers will offer two tracks which will wind among Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, Val di Fassa and Siusi Alp: the first one is 50 kilometers long with a climb of 2,600 meters, and the second one is 82 kilometers long, with an grueling climb totaling 4,200 meters, a challenging track that has given this event the distinction of being the “toughest race in Europe”.

Almost 400 bikers have accepted the challenge of the Gardena organizers, and the fame of the yet unborn race has already crossed the national borders, with 14 different countries being represented. Among the cyclists on the starting line will be a number of skiers from the Italian national team accepting the invitation of Peter Runggaldier, the former downhill skier on the national team and today co-organizer of this tough new competition.

At the departure from Selva Val Gardena, the line-up will include Christoph Innerhofer, Florian Eisath and Peter Fill, a local boy who lives in Castelrotto, one of the villages huddling on the Siusi Alp and on the route of the SÜDTIROL SELLARONDA HERO. Kristian Ghedina has also confirmed his participation, not wanting to miss this confrontation with his old teammates.

“We are on the eve of an event that has aroused a great deal of attention,” commented Gerhard Vanzi, who thought up the idea of the race, “and we want to consider it the zero edition, offering right from the beginning a high profile long-distance mtb race.”

For more information, check out the recently re-designed website at to learn about more information related to the competitions, and to watch live web-casts of the contest.