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Crazy until you don’t do it

How many times in your life have you given up that amazing idea of yours?
Your dream was doing that certain thing – in a way it felt bold and powerful, but also crazy and hard to achieve. Doubts started creeping in and that huge ‘flame’ became a tiny ‘spark’.
Then, you built up some courage and decided to talk about it with those close to you –
mom, dad, wife … friends, etc. How many times did those exact same people extinguish the last
little spark in your ‘amazing’ idea?

Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut or – better yet – talk with people who have no idea of what you’re up to!

Just think how much progress would never have been achieved if the inventor would’ve listened to the voices around him or her.

I saw many flames die out and bubbles of ideas burst in thin air – but, that’s not how I react: I do just the opposite. The more people tell me something can’t be done or that my idea is too crazy, the more stubborn I get and the more I’ll stick to my idea until it’s done. Ok, let’s face it … many of those ideas will never have a sequel, but it’s from those failures that you learn to take better aim at your target when you get that next crazy idea.

It took me 3 years in order for the Mür dl Giat climb to be listed in the course of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel. Yes! That was MY idea  ;-). The first time I proposed it at a meeting, 14 votes out of 15 were “NO” votes…followed by laughs.
But, hey, to my satisfaction … even the pro peloton of the Giro d’Italia rode it on the finishing stage in Corvara in 2016. 

Then there was this other idea launched by pro photographer Jered Gruber and published on his Instagram feed and in the issue 62 of Peloton magazine:

While riding with @igortavella on the steep little farm roads that wind their way along the flanks of the Dolomites, I wondered if it would be possible to do 5000 meters (or more) of climbing on all the little roads in less than 100k. Igor laughed – of course! In that moment, an idea hit. We should do a ride later this year: invite anyone who wants to join us to get a big flavor of Igor’s backyard, his secrets – paved and dirt – but all doable on a road bike, so long as the rider is ok with gradients that are always north of 10% and isn’t scared of some dirt roads and a bit of amazing singletrack (meaning this won’t be everyone’s cup of hot chocolate). It will be on a Saturday or Sunday or both – everything will of course be based out of the Tavella hotel: the @UstariaPosta in Badia. We are thinking early to middle September. It will be the #YOLOMITES 5000 brought to you by @holimites and Igor. If the rider has had their fill at any point, they can cut it short whenever they want – we will never be more than 20k from the start at the Ustaria Posta. #yolomites5000 #conquereveryroad

Un post condiviso da Jered Gruber (@jeredgruber) in data:

This idea became the #YOLOmites5000

Imagine: all the locals here ride road bikes, but NO-ONE took part except me. Even so, people from Japan, Malaysia and USA flew to the Dolomites just to take part in this ‘crazy’ event.

Lastly – but it will not be my last idea for sure – I had this idea in mind: What would it be like to ride one of the most famous road bike loops in the Dolomites, the Sellaronda, … at Moonlight? I started to think about this even before the #YOLOmites5000. But, true to my nature, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, so I started to talk about it. Yet, instead of a flame turning into a tiny spark, the idea kept burning, growing bigger inside of me until one evening, at the end of July 2017, I typed in the Strava event planner:

1st Holimites Moonlight ride

At the time I thought that I would be alone on the ride and, honestly, I didn’t pay any more attention to it until enthusiastic questions from possible participants started coming in. Two, five, eight people were signing up to take part in the event considered by many a “crazy” ride. The result was a group ride with 14 great friends:

Looking back, it’s rather funny that I typed in “1st” when I wrote the title. Maybe it’s the optimist in me that expects that there will be more Moonlight Rides. If you don’t want to miss the next Ride – or my next crazy idea – make sure you join the Holimites cycling club on Strava.

The bottom line:
If you have an idea … go for it, don’t be influenced by others!

Owner and founder of this other crazy idea called Holimites :-D

Dolomites Cycling Challenge

Dolomites Cycling ChallengeAside from the new “Dolomites Cycling Weeks” packages, there’s more exciting news for roadbike fanatics: the “Dolomites Cycling Challenge“!

To be honest, this tour is not actually a novelty since Holimites has been organizing sports trips as a tour operator on behalf of larger travel agencies abroad for several years now. Our job was, in a sense, “convenient” since all we had to do was take care of the product and services on-site, without having to tend to advertising and sales.

But, these tours were not 100% our own since the programs had to adhere to many regulations set by others and, in the end, the final product was trite, lacking family atmosphere, and, in our view, a bit shallow.  Anytime we recommended something that to us seemed like a good idea, the answer we received was:

“Our customers don’t want this!”

Yet, it was actually by pedaling with these customers that we were able to prove them wrong because, the few times we tinkered with the program to offer our own version of the tour, the level of satisfaction of the participants increased.

Dolomites Cycling ChallengeFor example, once – in order to keep the group together – we chose to accommodate everyone in a family-run hotel instead of the two luxury hotels that had been reserved by the travel agency, which would have divided the group in two. Well, that night the owners ended up teaching the whole group how to play cards until 4 in the morning! Cycling the following day was pure agony for most of the group, but the welcoming, family atmosphere we received during our stay in this hotel has created friendships and memories that will last forever.

Therefore, Holimites is launching its very own road bike program in 2014 based entirely on its own ideas, collected over several years of experience with other cyclists!

The “Dolomites Cycling Challenge” starts in September – a real test for cycling addicts.

The numbers are clear: we’ll cycle for 7 days, pedal for 830 km, accumulating the tune of 25,500+ meters of altitude gain! Many of you might wonder where is the originality and family charm in this. We may sound slightly overconfident, but aware of our qualities we feel we can say that we’ll unveil its secrets day by day.

We’ve been riding these routes by bike for more than 25 years, participating in locally organized cycling competitions, and we know variants and points of interest like no one else.

We’ll favor family-owned hotels run by cycling friends that years ago participated alongside us in the cycling races, over 5-star hotels. We’ll choose taverns that can’t be found in any travel guide or website, over Michelin-starred restaurants – stops after which, we can assure you, you’ll have a hard time battling with your bike (and bulge) for an hour or so due to the last smorgasbord!

We’re certain that at the end of the week, you’ll not only have 2 cement-filled legs, but more than anything else, you’ll remember how much fun you had with the Holimites team and you’ll be back cycling with us again soon!

All informations about the this great cycling adventure through the Dolomites can be found on holimites.com

Dolomites Cycling Challenge