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Sudety MTB Challenge : Stage 1

Stage 1 | Kudowa Zdrój – Kraliky
Monday, July 29th, 2013
Distance: 88.2 km
Ascent: 2210 m

Our Polish media contact Tomek Hoppe checks in with a brief update from Stage 1 of the Sudety Challenge: 

Today the Sudety MTB Challenge moves to Kraliky in the Czech Republic. The first stage, but also the longest one with some pretty long uphills. Here in Kraliky the weather is better than good – another day with sun and heat.


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Impressions of the Vallnord XCO

I spent a hunk of time on Sunday watching replays of the Men’s and Women’s XCO races from Vallnord, Andorra (seemingly the closest I get to actually racing these days). I have to say I was impressed  and unimpressed with a few things. The following are my unsolicited and most likely unwanted comments, possibly written for no other reason than to use the words impressed and unimpressed as many times as I can in a blog post.



Nino Schurter is an animal!

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Jason Sager’s Sudety MTB Challenge: Day 1

Jason Sager of Team Jamis checks in from Poland’s Sudety mountains and shares an update with us from day one of the Sudety MTB Challenge.


Jose Luis Arce rides one of the few open areas of Stage One’s opening climb

On the border with the Czech Republic and Poland, Kudowa-Zdrój, is a spa town and recreation jump off point for the Stołowe and Sudety mountains which dates back to the 16th century. Laying claim as to being the place where heart and circulation system diseases were cured, it must the the inspirational point for the Polish diet which is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken, beef, and cabbage. Being a vegetarian for the past 21 years, and not speaking a single word of Polish or Czech, ordering food in Kudowa has been a comedy of pointing to other patron’s meals and hoping for the best. Menus with photos are my friends. It’s also full of active but dorky parents towing around awkward tweenage children who are crawling in their skin at being seen in public with their parents. Ah, the memories of family vacations.

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