Riding new trails has its charm and a good dose of adrenaline. This kind of enduro race, except for illegally organized events, was missing in our tiny country. That is why Michal Prokop created the Blinduro. Year after year riders begged for more difficult stages so Michal listened to them and prepared a really difficult, if not the most difficult race in the Czech Republic with the title Hardcore Blinduro. Well, do you want it? You got it!
A hardcore race needed proper mountains to push the racers. Therefore, the choice of venue had to be the Ore Mountains and the Ski Plessberg area. These mountains will not give anyone anything for free. So Michal and his realization team were faced with a great challenge to build eight brand new stages. They must not be too simple, but even with the attribute "you will die", while still having a little fun.
Those who thought Hardcore was just a marketing move, made a mistake on the very first racing day. Steep hills, trees, stones, zero flow and lots of technical passages. The technicality of the track was also strongly felt by the material.
“I was really looking forward to Plessberg mainly because I had never done a blind race before and it was a big challenge for me. I thought to myself that it couldn't be such a “hardcore” when it was without training… but when I finished my first stage I didn't understand what motocross was. The first racing day was very technical. The next day was a little easier, the stages were more playful and faster… but Michal did not disappoint and kept the best on the final stage of the weekend.” said the overall winner Martin Lebl.
“I think everything worked out as it should. The competitors did not get lost anywhere, the mountain rescue service managed the onslaught of injuries. My intention to do a really tough race was successful. At least according to the riders in the finish after Saturday. It really looked like after the battle. A lot of people didn't believe the stages would be so demanding. They thought that “Hardcore” was just a marketing move. After the first day, enough people realized that they couldn't actually ride a bike. For me, the biggest hardcore was to build all eight stages. There was a lot of work behind that, but I hope it paid off.” said director of the race Prokop.
1. Martin Lebl, CZE Banshee
2. Jakub Riha, CZE N1 Team
3. Vojtech Blaha, CZE Rock Machine