Video & Race Report: Michal Prokop's "Hardcore Blinduro" Lives up to its Name

Jul 21, 2020 at 6:46
by prkplive  

Press Release: Hardcore Blinduro 2020

Riding fresh 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. Racing blind without practice. Well, do you want it? You got it.



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.



"My first Hardcore Blinduro was awesome! Great event, good atmosphere and super challenging trails. Blind racing is so exciting and such a good practice to remember to look far ahead and react fast and spontaneously. For some of the rock sections I decided to better do a safety dismount than an OTB. Haha. So good! I will definitely come back and do more races in Czech Republic!", said Ines Thoma (Canyon) winner of women's category.


"For me it was a spontaneous opportunity to do the hardcore Blinduro. I love racing blind, see new places and when I saw some footage from last year I went for it because it looked awesome.

The race did not disappoint at all, it was a real test for man and machine and a very welcomed challenge to me. Loved to race with so many cool people, some serious competition and a well organized event. It was a lot of fun and I will come back if I can!", said Chris Textor (Bulls Bikes) after the race.





“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 area. 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 Michal Prokop.



Overall winners
1. Vojtech Blaha, CZE Rock Machine
2. Christian Textor, GER Bulls Bikes
3. Jakub Vencl, CZE Rose Bikes


Pictures by @gravitymag.com - Patrik Prochazka


15 Comments

  • 7 0
 I am usually not much into gender stuff but seriously.. you are posting a picture and results of the mens podium but not of the womens... come on its 2020
  • 1 4
 come on, there were four women classes and sixt men classes at the race... but only one for overall winners. If you want you can find all results here. sportsoft.cz/en/race/overview/5247
  • 2 0
 @prkplive: Haaahaha: ŠEBESTA Marek00:36:00.4 EPO - EKONOM PRAHA OUTDOOR - now that's a serious team name Big Grin
  • 7 3
 That is the best way to race enduro "blind", or lets say 1st lap is done in "check the trail" mode and 2nd lap would be timed. I hate the format now, it almost feels like DH, riders know the track way to much,this format show skill, reaction of each rider and anticipation of what lies behind each corner, rock, steep section (the ability to read the terrain),my 2 cents tho. GJ with these enduro style races! Great video! Smile
  • 10 0
 I have to disagree here. While I absolutely agree that racing blind is Enduro racing in its purest form, most organisers (including the EWS) grant only one training run per stage, which is quite far from DH racing! Also 6-7 stages per race don't really allow you to memorize any trail in depth.
The current EWS rulebook states it pretty clearly:

"For EWS (not including EWSC or EWSQ events), a maximum of ONE training run is allowed per Special Stage". Source:

admin.enduroworldseries.com/uploads/documents/EWS_Rules_2019_V2.pdf
  • 7 0
 So Jakub Vencl is not only a worldclass slopestyle Pro but also a crazy fast Enduro Racer? Legend.
  • 2 0
 and junior trials champion...
  • 3 0
 Here is Jakubs video from race
youtu.be/6EsRD27NKbo
  • 2 0
 Perfect race, nothing to compare in CZE. Thanks Michal for the race, thanks @gravitymag for the gr8 shots and not least Rob Trnka for such a fabulous cheering and a footage full of atmosphere.
Great job guys!!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Texi, good to See you up there.
I still have the shirt you signed in Fort William Worldcup 2013.
Shred on! \m/
  • 1 0
 The guy in the second pic has judy downhill style stickers on his pikes/lyrics... nice.
  • 2 0
 yeeaaahhh, great stuff
  • 1 0
 Here is where you show your ability!! Great stuff ????

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