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We are happy to reveal the ninth edition of the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon. Yes, on Saturday 16 June the focus will be on Selva Val Gardena and the Dolomites in general. The race will welcome 4018 bikers and the tough and spectacular routes have been confirmed: 86 and 60 kilometres with respective altitude differences of 4500 and 3200 metres. The bikers will surely enjoy a thrilling experience. Race registrations will open at 20:00 on 13 September 2017. And there is more news besides: again this year HERO Südtirol Dolomites will be a lead partner of Eurobike, the leading world cycling fair which be held over the end of August and beginning of September in Friedrichshafen. As well as the next edition of the HERO being presented in detail it will be possible to experience the thrills of the HERO in 4D thanks to a virtual reality experience!

The 2017 HERO Südtirol Dolomites was a cauldron of emotions and which saw a double Italian victory: Juri Ragnoli from Brescia and Elena Gaddoni from Ravenna. It was a really hot summer day which was witness not only to the exploits of the top bikers but of all HEROes coming from a total of 45 countries, who after hours of effort reached the finish line. Of note was the number of Italians finishing the race, a number which established a record for the number of ‘Italian finishers’ in a long distance mountain bike race.

Already the talk is of who will take over from Ragnoli and Gaddoni as HERO champions, a race which enjoys premier status in world cycling. 4018 participants will line up on Saturday 16 June 2018 and compete over either the 86 or 60 kilometre routes with respective altitude differences of 4500 and 3200 metres. The spectacular scenery makes it an even more magnificent occasion: the Sella Group in the heart of the UNESCO Dolomites, passing over the historically famous passes of Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi, Duron and Sella.

So as not to miss out on taking part make a note in your diary for Wednesday 13 September 2017. At 20:00 hours in fact the registrations for the 2018 HERO Südtirol Dolomites will open and it will be the moment to secure your place in this great race!

Never change a winning team: the HERO is renewing its partnership with Eurobike, the most important fair dedicated to the world of cycling. It will be held from 30 August to 2 September in Friedrichshafen in Germany. The HERO’s organisation team will welcome all mountain bike fans at stand 218 in the foyer (use west entrance), and will be glad to present all that is new for the 2018 edition and to show you the thrills of the 4D experience celebrating the world’s toughest mountain bike race. In fact, with the help of virtual reality and a mountain bike specifically prepared on a platform, it will be possible to immerse yourself in this fantastic 4D HERO VR Experience, actually jumping on the saddle and soaking up the HERO atmosphere and having a personal close-up of how the race actually is.