During Trek Enduro MTB Series in Rabka-Zdrój, the first two-day enduro event in Poland, 200 competitors covered over 90 km and nearly 3000 meters of elevation.
The event was co-organized with the local Eskimoo Racing team, which in the mountains surrounding Rabka-Zdrój prepared 7 special stages and the urban epilog. And when the route is in the hands of the leading Polish enduro athletes, you have to expect physical and technical challenges!
The route, although demanding, proved to be safe and the competitors managed to avoid more serious injuries. And the strength to cover the distance was covered by the OSHEE feeding zone supported by Red Bull and... local homemade cakes, accompanied by folk songs! There has never been such a setting in Poland before! And the musical attractions didn't end there, because in the evening the participants enjoyed "a little" heavier tones during the concerts of No Line and Krzywa Alternatywa bands. Enduro is not only racing! But most of all, however, it is - also for the youngest, who could try their hand at the children's race, in which more than 30 future champions took part. Their caretakers and fans could also test the TREK and Whyte bikes.
On the first day of the main competition, four special stages were awaiting the competitors, starting from Luboń Wielki and Krzywoń mountains. While the descents from Krzywoń were known before the event, the ones from the over 1000-meter peak towering over Rabka were ridden on-sight, i.e. without prior knowledge.
Marek Konwa (TREK Bielsko Racing) was the fastest in three out of four stages, finishing the first day of racing with a safe, over 15-second lead over Marcin Motyka (Marin Bikes Polska), who got off the plane the same morning after the holidays... But it was a two-day competition after all, so it wasn't the end of the battle! The first stage of the second day (on-sight descent from Grzebień) was decisive, when Marek lost some time due to a navigation error, finishing the stage 8th. Despite the victories in the remaining two mountain stages (from Krzywoń and Luboń) he did not manage to make up for the loss. Eventually, after over 41 minutes spent on eight stages in two days, Marcin Motyka came on top with a lead of... 75 hundredths of a second! I guess there hasn't been such tight competition in the Polish enduro yet. The third place on the podium was completed by Patryk Talaga (IN Mogilany Cycling Team).
There was also a fierce competition in the junior category, where three riders swapped stage wins: Piotr Janik (Specialized MTB Academy), Maciej Miłek and Jakub Gąsienica (two represents of the Dartmoor Enduro Team). They eventually stood on the podium in this particular order, separated by less than 19 seconds.
In the women's category, Katarzyna Burek (Ibis Cycles BeastieRacing) tried to tear as many stage wins as possible from Joanna Światłoń (Eskimoo Racing). Eventually, however, the local rider did not give her a chance, winning 5 out of 8 stages. Consistent riding without major errors secured the third place for Karolina Krasińska.
The master's category was once again dominated by Romek Kwaśny (TREK Bielsko Racing), who is like wine - the older the better. Winning 6 stages gave him over a minute of advantage over Piotr Reczek (Eskimoo Racing) who placed second. Bartosz Szwed (Scott Bartbass Group) stood on the third step of the podium.
The competition in Rabka also took place in the E-bike category, where the attendance is slowly but steadily growing. The fight for victory took place between Dariusz Grudniewski (IN Mogilany Cycling Team) and Krystian Białka (2B Enduro Team). Krystian won all the longest stages from Luboń, but it was not enough to regain the time lost on the more sprint-ish stages from Grzebień and Krzywoń. The third place was taken by Michał Szewc (Dirt It More).
On hardtail bikes, Pawel Sadzik (Woo Crew) arrived at the finish line sooner than Arthur Hejniak and Norbert Rutkowski.
Of all the categories, the most points were collected by TREK Bielsko Racing riders, who won the team ranking, ahead of the Eskimoo Racing and Rowerowe Podhale teams.On behalf of the organizer we would like to thank everyone for their participation and fierce competition in these difficult race! And we invite you to Whyte Enduro MTB Series in Przesieka, wherein less than 2 weeks we will be treated with a new racing formula: Time Hunt. Two special stages will be covered as many times as you dare, improving the time of the first on-sight run. So it's going to be easier physically - but no less exciting!
Sign-up (still at a reduced price) here: zapisy.enduromtbseries.pl/pl