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Polish Enduro Series 2016, Szklarska Poreba

Jul 18, 2016
by Josef Bor  
The Polish Enduro Series circus rolled into the heart of Karkonosze mountains, to the small yet well-known town - Szklarska Poreba. It was time for the 6th round of the 2016 Polish Enduro Cup. About a hundred hearty enduro enthusiasts from Poland and Czech Republic struggled through 4 race stages near to Szrenica Peak (1362 m.a.s.l.). The route of about 35 km and 1.100 m of elevation.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
Studying the map of the race

The emtb.pl crew took care of the organization and festivities from well before the start of the race, until the last rider safely crossed the finish line. It's the effort that us racers don't see, that goes in beforehand to make this event run smoothly. We're super thankful to the guys and gals of emtb.pl for the excellent organisation, accurate time-keeping, no queues at the start of each stage, and generally keeping things on agenda and moving forward. But would any of this stuff matter if the course wasn't up to snuff? Thankfully they had cooked up a fun, technical and super challenging course - with a few surprises mixed in - that tested the riders and pushed them and their equipment to the limit.

Access to the special stage one mostly ran through the mountain wilderness and away from hiking trails. The last part was especially crazy - a steep, nearly a half an hour hike-a-bike climb, with bike on shoulders through dense blueberry bushes.This was a challenge even for the strongest (and tallest) of us, and thanks to some helpful gentleman (they still exist), many of the ladies were able to get to the start of the first stage on time, without quite as much struggle.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
Climb to "Borowczane Skaly"

So here we are, "Borowczane Skaly” (Blueberries Rocks) – the place the ride really starts. SS#1 - as we know it, where we'll experience the longest run in this year’s cup – 4.5km length and 650m of descent trial. From the beginning we were into 1km of endless rock garden completely dotted with smaller or bigger boulders... from baby heads to basketballs... with the occasional black and white Soviet tv sets mixed in. No mercy, no place to catch a breath. No logical line, one must instantly adapt and make their line on sight.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
SS#1 endless rock garden.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Transfer to SS#2 is definitely much easier but still a lot of walking through steep hills. The beginning of the second episode offers another rocky and punishing contest. Definitely the most technically difficult trails we've ever had the pleasure and challenge to ride in Poland. A good run during SS#1 and SS#2 proved to be important and decisive and weighed heavily for the overall results of the day.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
Rocky contest on SS#2.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

SS#3 – it is a much more flow trail, however the boulders still don’t want to leave us. Some additional steep lines on the trail made it more exciting, while a few tricky stone stairs between boulders and down-to-the-quarry powdery lines eliminated some riders from a good result. SS#4 – we are rewarded by emtb.pl guys for surviving the previous three stages and getting to this place. A superb flow trail onto forest bottom's rich soil gives the riders a lot of fun, and a chance to grin for a while and forget about the horrific Karkonosze rocks.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
Flat tires are an indispensable part of this competition.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
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Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
After SS#2 riders can have a rest in the shade studying intermediate results.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
SS#3 and approaching to the stone stairs.

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba
At the end of a day fatigue gives life a misery.

Competition results:

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Men's Elite:
1. Robert Piekara
2. Krystian Bialka
3. Michal Martyka

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Ladies' Elite:
1. Iwona Czyszczon
2. Joanna Swiatlon
3. Marta Smolarska

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Masters:
1. Roman Kwasny
2. Jozef Borowiec (blog's author)
3. Jacek Zawada

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Under 21:
1. Jakub Ratajczak - Men / Paulina Orlowska - Ladies
2. Tomasz Zawada
3. Jiri Becka

Polish Enduro Series 2016 Szklarska Poreba

Teams:
1. 2B Enduro Team Bielsko-Biala
2. Knurswiny
3. Eskimoo Racing

Full results list here.

Once again, thanks for entire emtb.pl crew for organizing a sick event! Only guys crazy like you could invent to make a time segment on this terrible climb to the first stage. We do appreciate all your efforts and looking forward to seeing you in 2017! Special thanks for the @DirtGuru2 for his help and patience Wink

Photographs:
Lukasz Szrubkowski
Mamba on bike


MENTIONS: @JosefBB




17 Comments

  • + 1
 Polish enduro (except endurotrails event) are too hardcore. It is safer to take part in a DH event. I ve heard opinion like mine many times and I belive that to be a reason why the number of paticipants is around 100 and not 200.
  • + 4
 That sounds like a good magnet to attract people from other countries Big Grin
  • + 3
 That's why the emtb.pl enduro races were my events of choice for this year and I'm already looking forward to next year. On the other hand, I race for fun so I don't need to push too hard and risk getting injured.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: 75$ for first place isnt magnet at all
  • + 1
 it is so nice to see an article on PB`s page about polish enduro race. I know, price are quiet low, and it is not a big event comparing to other enduro races, but it is the beginning, and those bike raiders are part of it. And I don´t thimh that they do it for 75E, which means, we have enduro community which grows and has fun with it.
]and this is what enduro is about.
  • + 3
 Nice, 75$ for 1st placeSmile haha
Thats why better ride alone in deep forest..
  • + 8
 this is not about money
  • + 6
 Advocacy for gravity MTB in Poland is 20 years behind everyone else, from no one's fault. So, yea aim high, just remember where you came from... it 's been hard enough to have Enduro races happen at all, now, hopefully in 10 years we can have better prizes. Sit back, relax and enjoy what you see. There is a report from race in Poland on main page of Pinkbike.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Couldn't put it better. However it's awesome to see MTB on the rise today. I dare to say it's because of enduro.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: indeed we are far behind others therefore all the more we are pleased to have this edit on PB Home
  • + 2
 Chłopaki, nie musicie pisać po angielsku, bo nikt spoza Polski tego nie widzi
  • + 2
 Czyżby? Najwidoczniej nie wiesz wszystkiego Wink
  • + 1
 Kurwa... Zdradzili nas!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Kurwa its boy's name ,or what?
  • + 1
 Nice coverage in pictures, well done Josef!
Congrats on your personal result too tup
  • + 1
 emtb.pl - be careful with that name... Big Grin

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