After the successful Blinduro 500 event in the village of Lipno nad Vltavou in the Southern Bohemia at beginning of the spring, riders themselves looked forward for another blind racing event at the end of the season. This time in the Bike Resort Wallachia, with backgrounds in Karolinka.
“The survey among the Blinduro participants showed that over 90% of people would come to Wallachia again. The word gave a word and here we are again with another off-season opener in Karolinka ski resort. The location is magnificent, and the team around the local guru Roman Kalabus is incredibly active. The concept remained the same. I wanted everyone to enjoy my event without the pressure on the result and without worrying about dangerous trail”, says Prokop.
Local trails expert Luboš Sušila participated on the building of the stages. On Saturday, 30 km circuit of three fresh cut stages was waiting for the riders. The first two stages were newly prepared for the race. The third stage, was same like last year, ended in the Karolinka ski resort, where the start and finish of the whole race was. The first day, three hundred heroes started the race. At the end of October, with such dramatic weather forecasts, and in a location where some were travelling for seven hours.
On the second day, a 35 km long circuit waited for all Blinduro riders. The forecast was on our side this time. No heavy rain this year. A demanding 10 km long transfer to the top of the Soláň ridge immediately inspected every rider. The fourth and five stages were again newly prepared for the race and were highlighs of the weekend. Afterwards, the riders moved back to the Kyčerka bike park. The final stage led again to the Karolinka ski area. This stage was the only one which riders had to ride twice. On Sunday, there were some places on the new trail that could hardly be made without falling.
For both days, feed zones waited for riders on the track and in the finish area. Next to Nutrend products, there were also local plum brandy, breads, homemade sausages and Moravian made cakes - frgále. The two neutral Park Tool tech zones saved a race for many riders, as well the chance to change own tire to Michelin one for free.
"It was incredible, I did not really bore the whole weekend. It was not easy to look after everything on the track, the race loop was really demanding and long. But I think it all went right. Even thanks to the Ghost eBike, I had the opportunity to ride the whole circuit on Saturday with riders. The riders experiences, I've heard, are unforgettable. Riders had great fun all weekend and that’s the most important part of riding bikes. People seem to like racing blind,” says Michal Prokop, Blinduro race director. Results:
1. Maxim Adami, CZE Norco CZ
2. Frantisek Zilak, CZE Rock Machine Cyklomax
3. Jakub Riha, CZE N1 Team
1. Tereza Natrova, CZE RyS
2. Stepanka Nestlerova, CZE
3. Tereza Vybiralova, CZE Whyte Racing Team
During the preparation of the race a short make of document was created by photographer Rob Trnka. We are a small team and it's not easy to put together such a event like this.