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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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TransRockies: Stage 2

2013 Transrockies Stage 2John Gibson photo

Day two of the TransRockies Challenge began in similar fashion to the first.  Rolling out of bed in the morning riders were once again treated to blue skies and crisp, clean mountain air.  A 9 AM start was the order of the day and, once again, the TR3 and TR7 contingent along with the one day TransFondo riders were lead down Victoria Ave by the historic Fernie fire engine.  A 44.5 km loop with 1700m of elevation gain would see the riders start and finish in the same location.  The 30 km climb from town to the start of the Porky Blue Trail would throw a mixture of gravel road, doubletrack and singletrack at the riders before descending back into town to the finish.

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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.

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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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