The inhabitants of this valley have a reputation for their humor and wit. And the variant of the Tyrolean dialect spoken here is likewise unique. But the most-obvious traits of these people are undoubtedly their friendliness and gracious hospitality. Just 16 km from the provincial capital of Bolzano / Bozen, the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Valley is the epitome of relaxation, sports, enjoyment, and living tradition! The contrasts could hardly be more noticeable! On one hand, you have the traditional flair of this valley in the heart of South Tyrol – the breathtaking beauty of the pristine natural landscape of the Alpi della Val Sarentino/Sarntal Valley Alps, the scent of the unmistakable local pines, the hushed quiet of the mountains, and the delicious traditional cuisine prepared and served by farmers’ wives and enhanced by local gourmet chefs. On the other hand, the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Valley is well-known for the big sport events held here. A total of 120 mountain summits form a horseshoe encompassing this charming rural valley in the heart of South Tyrol with its natural landscape and time-honored traditions. OSarentino/Sarnthein, the main town (which the locals simply refer to as “the village”) will welcome the SHIMANO E–MOUNTAINBIKE Experience 2017, serving as a stage stop.