Paez and Morath claim the challenge in the sign of the 2029 World Championship bid
Last Saturday, Colombian Leon Paez (for the eighth time) and German Adelheid Morath, who successfully defended her title from the previous year, won the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites 2023. The two mountain biking aces were also delighted with a unique additional prize related to the alpine skiing classics in Val Gardena/Gröden. Normally, the world's top downhill skiers like Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Vincent Kriechmayr, or Dominik Paris race downhill at groundbreaking speeds over the camel humps on the Saslong during the spectacular World Cup races on the last weekend before Christmas.
At the BMW HERO Südtirol Dolomites, the 2,600 cyclists from over 50 different nations tackled the uphill challenge on their mountain bikes. At a key section of the Saslong, there was a fantastic extra prize to be won. The fastest male and female bikers to pass through the camel humps, the same ones Val Gardena/Gröden uses to promote its bid for the 2029 Alpine Ski World Championships, received an exclusive VIP package for this year's super-G (on Friday, December 15) and the downhill race (on Saturday, December 16).
Therefore, in December 2023, Leon Paez and Adelheid Morath will once again be returning to Val Gardena. This time, however, not to race up the track on their bikes, but to experience world-class skiing combined with culinary highlights and the unique stadium atmosphere during the 56th Saslong Classic.