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.
1. Vojtech Blaha, CZE Rock Machine
2. Christian Textor, GER Bulls Bikes
3. Jakub Vencl, CZE Rose Bikes
Pictures by @gravitymag
.com - Patrik Prochazka