Over 4000 mountain bikers will start the tenth edition of the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, scheduled for Saturday 15 June in Selva di Val Gardena, Italy. The event is billed as ‘the world’s toughest mountain bike marathon’. It will feature previous ‘HERO’ winners and a number of long-distance MTB specialists.
On the men’s side, ‘the HERO victories record-man’, Hector Leonardo Paez, and the three-time world champion Alban Lakata will take part. Among the women there is expectation for the former HERO champion Elena Gaddoni and for the record holder Katrin Schwing.
The elite men’s race is 86km long with 4500m of climbing; and the elite women’s race encompasses a 60km route with 3,200m of elevation gain.
For its tenth edition, the HERO event has been supported by the NAMEDSPORT> Superfood Academy. The researchers at NAMEDSPORT> have drawn up a nutrition strategy for the HERO, which is divided into three phases: before the start, during the race and once the finish line has been crossed.
The sports nutrition specialists at NAMEDSPORT> have gone further, defining a double strategy: the first is aimed at those who choose the short route of 60 kilometres, the second for those opt for the longer 86 kilometres route.
Noting that a different nutrition intake is necessary based on the commitment over time, Alessandro Manca, Nutrition Trainer at NAMEDSPORT> said, “The difference in time between the winners of the two routes is a factor; and if we consider those who come home later in the day the factor multiplies.”