Südtirol Dolomiti Superbike
This year's edition of the Dolomiti Superbike is going to take place on Saturday, July, 8 2017. The Südtirol Dolomiti Superbike Mountain Bike Marathon encloses once again the two classic distances - short and long. Around 4,500 athletes are expected at the most popular MTB marathon in Italy.
Two routes are available to participants to choose from; the short distance of 60 km and 1,785 metres difference in altitude and the long distance of 113 km with 3,357 metres difference in altitude. In this year's edition both tracks need to be approached clockwise. Athletes will cycle through the five municipalities of Alta Pusteria/ Pustertal: Villabassa/Niederdorf, Dobbiaco/Toblach, Sesten/Sesto, San Candido/Innichen and Prags/Braies
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 UCI Marathon World Championship was held in Niederdorf in 2008. The three Südtirol Dolomiti Superbike editions in 2006, 2007 and 2013 were carried out officially as UCI-Marathon-World Cup races. The event was cancelled in 2004 due to rain and snowfall.
A breath-taking moment was the finish at the World Championship in 2008 between Roel Paulissen from Belgium and the incumbent Swiss World Champion Christoph Sauser. Paulissen won the gold medal, after Sauser was set back on the second place for obstructing the athlete from Belgium on the last metres. Urs Huber from Switzerland won the bronze medal on that day and the gold medal on the classic marathon distance the day after. In the female category, the Norwegian Olympic Champion Gunn-Rita Dahle became the new World Champion, followed by Sabine Spitz from Germany on the second place and Pia Sundstedt from Finland on the third place.