Niederdorf - Villabassa is ready for the 22nd edition of the Südtirol Dolomiti Superbike. 4,500 participants representing 32 nations are to start on Saturday, 09 July 2016 at 7.30 for the two marathon distances of 60 km / 1,785 m of difference in altitude and 113 km / 3,357 m of difference in altitude.
This year both tracks need to be approached clockwise. Approximately 1,000 volunteers from Alta Pusteria will make their contribution to guarantee a successful event.
It is the marathon's legendary fame that brings athletes and mountain bike fans together in Alta Pusteria. The first Dolomiti Superbike took place in 1995 being one of the first mountain bike marathons in Europe, which is also one of the main reasons for its popularity and the increasing number of participants.
The Südtirol Dolomiti Superbike in Alta Pusteria is one of the most fascinating mountain bike marathons in the world leading the athletes through marvellous landscapes and the municipalities of Niederdorf - Villabassa, Prigs - Braies, Toblach - Dobbiaco, Innichen - San Candido, Sexten - Sesto as well as through the smaller administrative districts of Aufkirchen - S.Maria, Wahlen - S. Silvestro, Vierschach - Versciaco, Winnebach - Prato Drava and Moos - Moso.
The long distance is characterised by two mountain classifications: the Sextner Dolomiten mountain trophy for the winner of the mountain classification on Monte Elmo/ Helm and the Apparthotel Germania mountain trophy for the winner of the mountain classification on the ascent to Prato Piazza/ Plätzwiese. Moreover, there is a sprint classification for the short distance, which is taken at the Nordic Arena in Toblach/Dobbiaco.
The overall prize money pool equals 25,000 Euro. The winners receive 2,500 Euro each, whereas the rest is distributed among the top 15 finishers in the male and top 10 finishers in the female category on the long distance, as well as the top five male and female finishers on the short distance. The top three of all the other categories will be rewarded with gifts.
The major sports event in Villabassa starts already on the Thursday before race day. The mountain bike scene gets together on the historic town square in occasion of the Bike-Expo that offers everything mountain bike lovers could wish for. On Friday 6.30 p.m. the public press conference with all the top athletes is going to take place on the main stage, the same place where on Saturday at approx. 4 p.m. winners will be awarded in the victory ceremony.
On race day, the top athletes’ performance can be followed on two major screens installed in the start/finish area or via a GPS system. On Sunday, the focus is set on the youngest among all the athletes with the Junior Trophy taking place at 10 a.m. During the entire weekend various music performances will ensure a good atmosphere.
The main highlight of the 20 year old history of the Dolomiti Superbike was the hosting of the 2008 UCI Marathon World Championship, which saw a tremendously intense finish between Christoph Sauser from Switzerland and Roel Paulissen from Belgium, with the latter becoming World Champion. In 2006, 2007 and 2013 the long distance race in Alta Pusteria was also part of the UCI Marathon World Cup. In 2004 the Dolomiti Superbike had to be interrupted due to snowfall.