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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!

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

In one day, how many Sellaronda loops are possible?

Pee with view

One thing that we have plenty at Holimites are ideas. We write up every one of them and actually this list is pretty long. But soon or later we may be able to share them with all of you like this one about the Sellaronda.

A common question that we get from guests coming to ski the Dolomites is:

“Is it possible to accomplish the Sellaronda in one day?”

The answer of course is always positive but we have gone beyond that asking ourselves …

“In one day, how many times are we able to ski and complete the Sellaronda?”

Sellaronda Passo PordoiWe investigated among all ski instructors that are every day on the slopes. But no-one ever tried it or knew someone that tried to do this. Someone told that 2 to 3 loops are possible, others, with some strange formulas and cut options on the course answered that 5 loops may be possible. 

Finally on March 28th 2015 the Holimites team gave an answer to this question that followed us already for some years.

In order to have a smooth ski ride we planned it in every detail as follows:

  • Sellaronda clockwise loop, without any doubt the fastest one
  • Spring days in off season, with longer daylight and where lifts are open until 4:45 PM and some important connection lifts until 5:00 PM
  • a Saturday, the day where slopes are half empty because it’s the day where guests depart and until the new ones arrive slopes are all for locals
  • choosing the most direct slope to get to valley. This is important … there is one area where if you follow the signs on the slopes you will take more lifts (skipass needs to be used)  than needed. We took the ‘signed’ slopes on our last Sella Ronda loop as we saw we had some spare time.

What we couldn’t plan was the weather. Mister Winter gifted us with a nice snowfall the days before, and cold temperatures and deep blue sky on the planned day. Skiing conditions where like in January.

But let’s go back to the question:  

“In one day, how many Sella Ronda loops are possible on skis?”

Sellaronda Passo SellaThe final answer is FOUR, and this with a reserve of 15 minutes on the lifts closure. A nice round number as four are also the Dolomites passes around the Sella massif: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena that are famous also for cycling during the summer.

Here some details for the ones that like numbers:

 

  • Start from: Corvara (Boè gondola)
  • Skis: Völkl RC rented at SkiTop Badia
  • Total lifts used: 40
  • Total length of used lifts: 65 km
  • Total distance on skis: 100,8 km
  • Altitude gain: 16.020 meters
  • Total time: 8h 04′
  • Time in movement: 7h 15′The difference between the total time and the time in movement are for physiological stops and some waiting time at the lifts (Arabba Portavescovo ropeway)
  • Maximal speed: 101,5 km/h
  • Pee stops: 3
  • Sunscreen factor: 30

We did some live tweeting during the day taking pictures and videos that you can scroll through here: 

All tweets of the day are available on this link or searching your timeline the hashtag we created for the day: #sellaronda1day that you may also use when you ski the Sellaronda

 

We recorded our Sellaronda ski trip on GPS and published it on Strava. Click on the image below to view all the details.

Sellaronda skiing Strava

And if someone of our guests would like to fill our to-do list with some new ideas just write us!

Last but not least … we have a video:

Curiosities: The Sellaronda (also called Sella Ronda) is without any doubt the most recognized ski circuit of the Dolomites. It is possible to ski it clockwise or counter clockwise and it runs around the Sella massif. Even if this symbolic massif of the Dolomites has the same characteristics of all other Dolomite massifs and has the same Dolomite mineral it is not among the mountains labeled by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Same fate for the nearby Sassolungo symbol of the Val Gardena / Gröden valley and the Tofana and Cristallo mountain group symbol of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Check out this page on Holimites.com to see on a map which mountains are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.