Heading to the Dolomites to #RideMoreOffroad

My bid to ride more off-road tracks, trails and events in 2017, seems to be going well. It started with the acquisition of my Kona Private Jake cyclocross bike, to use for the daily commute; more recently, it involved a 12-hour mountain bike race, with GripGrab in Denmark. Now, I'm en-route to Italy, to race the X-Bionic Cup and the Sellaronda HERO Dolomites. Knobbly tyres are taking over 'Life In The Saddle'!

First up, is the X-Bionic Cup. I was extremely fortunate to win a place to race this great event, which is held in the Brescia/Lombardy region of Italy. The Classic course that I'm racing is 81km long, and involves 3,200 metres of elevation gain - It's a good job I'm quite light at the moment!

Following the X-Bionic Cup, I'll travel to South Tyrol; an area that I am beginning to feel I know well, and love! (Read my piece on 'Cycling Nirvana in South Tyrol - The Giro Delle Dolomiti'). I'll be based in Val Gardena, high up in the Dolomites. From here, I'll do a few days of riding the tracks and trails around the region; before taking on the Sellarondo HERO Dolomites on Saturday. The HERO is branded as the 'hardest mountain bike race in the world', and features 4,500 metres of climbing over its 86km length!

After travelling to the Dolomites last year, both with and without a road bike, it was clear that it would be an incredible place to ride off-road, too. Its jagged peaks, barren rocky slopes and lush green meadows, mean that it has a huge diversity of trails. I can't wait to get out there are explore!


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  1. Bloody hell that's serious riding! Good luck with that.

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