The Author Challenge, a six-stage mounatin-bike stage race in the Polish and Czech mountains, is back on the schedule after a successful 2005 event. Organized by Grzegorz Golonko (organizer of the biggest Polish marathon series – Intel Powerade Bike Maraton) and well-known Czech marathon rider Vena Hornych (Rock Machine Cyclomax), the race is scheduled for July 24th through the 29th and will both start and finish in Duszniki Zdrój, a health resort famous for the International Chopin piano Festival.
Some of the highlights of the 350km (with 7,500 meters of climbing) route are “Podziemne Miasto Osówka”, a complex of the post-German tunnels built during WW II (riders will ride several kilometers under ground!), a famous uphill to Okraj pass and some of the most technical trails riding the Czech Republic has to offer. Riders will also pass through three national parks: Park Narodowy Gór Sowich, Karkonoski Park Narodowy and Park Narodowy Borumovskie Steny, one of the most beautiful places in Poland and Czech Republic with hundreds of marked mountain bike trails.
The rules of the event are simple and similar to other races such as TransAlp or Cape Epic. Teams composed of two cyclists compete on the stages, the fastest wins. Teams will compete in following categories:man, woman, mix (man and a woman) and masters (two person whose total age is over 80). Registration is opened until 30.06.2006, discount entrance fee (330 Euro per team) will be due before 28.02.2006. Race will be opened and closed with a traditional pasta party.
2006 Author Bike Challenge stages:
Prologue - 24.07.2006: Duszniki Zdrój (Town center) - Duszniki Zdrój (Jamrozowa Polana), compulsory for all teams,
Stage 1 - 25.07.2006: Duszniki Zdrój - Police n/Metui (the Czech Republic),
Stage 2 - 26.07.2006: Police n/Metui (the Czech Republic) - Gluszyca,
Stage 3 - 27.07.2006: Gluszyca - Karpacz,
Stage 4 - 28.07.2006: Karpacz - Teplice n/Metui (the Czech Republic),
Stage 5 - 29.07.2006: Teplice n/Metui (the Czech Republic) - Duszniki.
For more information at www.bikechallenge.pl.