Superman, Batman, Captain America, X-Men ... it was enough to strap on a cape or put on a mask to transform into your favourite childhood hero, embarking on incredible adventures in parallel universes.
Those comic book heroes, who came to life under the artists’ pen, strong like Superman or just like Tex Willer, firing up your imagination. Reality, however, is a different matter. But now that you're all grown up, you have the perfect chance to become a real-life hero thanks to the Dolomites Sella Group.
Imperious climbs with peaks over 3,000 m, cycling along trails, mule tracks and single tracks immersed in dense forests. It is no coincidence that this area is home to the “toughest cycling marathon in the world” the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, which every year sees riders conquering 6 passes, for a total of 4,500 metres of elevation gain and a distance of 85 kilometres all in one go (the women’s race offers a shorter if not less challenging 60 km route with a 3,400 elevation gain): irrefutable cycling massacres. And, if you don't feel like playing the hero, stop to take a few photos and admire the alpenglow that magically colours the cliffs at dawn or dusk with colours ranging from yellow and red to pink and purple, until they disappears into the darkness of the night.
We have selected 5 HERO trails to test our aspiring HEROes, surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites around the Sella Massif, in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site:
Piz Enduro Trail
This is the Enduro challenge par excellence. The lifts along the route add to the difficultly, taking you from Colfosco (1,568 m) to Badia (1,324 m) across the plateau between Piz La Ila and Piz Sorega.
Sella Gravity Tour
Eight single trails around the majestic Sella Group for a total downhill distance of 34 km and a difference in altitude of 4,570 meters (450 m to cycle uphill).
Marmolada Trail Tour
The itinerary winds its way under the watchful eyes of the “Queen” of the Dolomites (the Marmolada) with a difference in altitude of almost 3,000 m, passing by Lake Fedaia and reaching Penia.
One of the most popular cycling itineraries with bikers from across Europe, even more beautiful thanks to the beauty of the Venegia Valley and the rocky, moon-like landscapes of the Pale plateau. With the help of ski lifts, aspiring heroes will be challenged by a difference in altitude of approximately 1,000 m to cycle, together with many mule tracks dating back to the First World War and single trails along easy forest trails.
Believe us when we tell you that this excursion will leave you speechless on two different occasions: first, when cycling along the extremely technical single trails and second when you reach the majestic Fanes plateau.
The Dolomites are not for the faint at heart: you can conquer the mountains if you embark on this journey with the grit and determination of a true hero.
At this point, all that remains to do to cement your superpowers and proudly proclaim your HERO status for all eternity is to take part in the HERO Südtirol Dolomites.
But that's not all. The Fassa Valley stretches out surrounded by some of the most important massifs of the Dolomites (the Marmolada, the Sella Group, the Sassolungo group). Here, you will find the Belvedere Fassa Bike Resorts. From Canazei, situated at an altitude of 2,000 m above sea level, some of the most adrenaline-filled downhill trails unravel. Here, riders can push themselves to the limit between drifts, jumps, stretches on wooden platforms, banked turns and steep slopes, at speeds up to 70 km/h.
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