Monday, November 19, 2012

2013 Südtirol Sellaronda HERO Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2013 Südtirol Sellaronda HERO mountain bike race until the maximum number of competitors of 3,013 is reached, one thousand more than 2012.The race event will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 and will be a series race in the ’UCI Marathon World Series, the mountain bike marathon World Cup.

"The increase in numbers has required a significant organizational effort but we felt bound to respond and to cater for more competitors, especially after having hundreds of requests still coming in after the closure of registrations for last year’s race, the maximum number having been reached well in advance," so explains Gerhard Vanz. "And, the increase will require some organizational changes at the start of the race and also at certain points along the route, so as to allow for a higher number of competitors to proceed without hold-ups".

"We have carried out some small changes to the routes, principally in preparation for the World Cup marathon which the HERO will play host to in 2015," informs race director Peter Runggaldier. "In substance the routes remain the same as in previous years, the ‘longer’ route being 84 km with a total altitude difference of 4,300 meters, whilst the ‘shorter’ has been adjusted to comply with the requirements of the UCI for the marathon distance and will be 62 km with a total altitude difference of 3,300 meters".

The race is beuing held one week later than usual, on Saturday 22nd June, so as to fit in with the international mountain bike calendar. The Südtirol Sellaronda HERO is becoming part of the UCI family, and the race will be the 8th in the UCI Marathon World Series circuit for next year. The 84 km race will be valid as Marathon World Series men and women, whilst in the 2015 event the 84 km route will be valid for the men's classification whilst the 62 km route will be valid for the women's. As in previous year the race will be open to all: those being members of a federation can dispute various categories whilst the amateur riders will take part in the “hobby” category. Whichever category bikers are in one thing is sure – they will all be heroes for the day of 22nd June!!

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