The Dolomites are home to an ever-increasing number of events. The magnificent background is particularly attractive for major sporting events broadcasted on television, but it offers something special to participants, as well.
Among the winter sporting events, Val Badia has a long tradition of hosting the FIS Ski World Cup circuit race on the “Gran Risa”: a difficult, technically challenging and rewarding ski slope that adapts well to hosting both giant and special slalom races.
In ski touring disciplines, another race other than the well-known “Sellaronda Skimarathon” (the ski competition by night around the Sella Massif) that is growing in number of participants is the “Tour de Sas”, a ski mountaineering competition that started in recent years and quickly garnered it a place in the renowned “Coppa delle Dolomiti” alpine ski circuit. It circles around the “Sasso della Croce”, starting and ending in San Leonardo in Badia.
The “Maratona dles Dolomites” is the most prestigious summer sporting event, attracting numerous cyclists and international enthusiasm. It is the only Italian cycling marathon (granfondo) that receives several hours of live coverage on national television networks. The “Maratona dles Dolomites” was initially the idea of cycling enthusiasts in Val Badia and, since its first edition in 1987 with 166 contestants, it boasted 9,500 competitors in 2012; there’s no need to point out the extraordinary nature of the event, considering that more than 20,000 requests to participate were declined due to safety concerns along the route.
Other cycling competitions similar to the famous “Maratona dles Dolomites” have also sprung up, such as the very successful “Sellaronda Hero”, a MTB race around the Sella Massif that starts and ends in Selva di Val Gardena.
The Sellaronda Bike Day event is a must for all cycling enthusiasts – bicycle tourists, amateurs and professional competitors alike. The event takes place on two different days – one at the beginning and one at the end of summer – when all the roads on the world-famous Dolomite passes are closed to all motorized traffic and reserved only for cyclists. Passo Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi and Passo Campolongo have in recent years become the meeting place for over 6,000 cyclists that on average participate at the event.
Holimites is a tour operator specializing in sport activities and events in the Dolomites. It is the ideal partner for finding the information you need in real time. Holimites can also help you find rooms and accommodations during peak periods like the events mentioned here, when it is most difficult to find lodgings curtailed to your individual needs.
If you’re considering participating in any of these events, contact us: we’ll provide all the help you need to make your visit in Val Badia truly unforgettable!