Parti wins Maros Bike Cup

Benko victorious in women's race

The Faget Forest of Cluj-Napoca, Romania hosted the third edition of the Maros Bike XCO Cup on Saturday, April 7. This year, the race was upgraded to a UCI category 1 event, which meant more points and bigger prizes for elite riders and points toward Olympic qualification.

Thirty-six elite men and six elite women were registered for this race, coming from seven different countries including six national champions and three Olympians and the winners of previous editions.

The weather was good during the week of the race, but during the night before the race, it rained for a few hours and the organizers had to decide if they would use the "rain option" shortcut to avoid some of the rooty sections. With less then one hour before the race, organizers and the UCI commissaire decided that was dry enough for the best riders to do the original course as planned. Each lap covered 4.65km and 185m in elevation gain.

The elite men started their six laps at noon, followed one minute later by the elite women for five laps. After the first lap, Polish champion Marek Galinski (JBG-2) and Hungarian champion and winner of last year's edition Andras Parti were off the front together. They would duel for the next two laps.

Due to some technical problems, Galinski lost contact with Parti, and the Hungarian rider accelerated and got away for good on lap four. Galinksi lost ground on Parti who took his second consecutive victory in the event. He was a few seconds faster than last year, when the course had been shortened due to mud.

Parti was motivated to win this race because it was one of three events Hungary is using to select its rider for the Olympic Games in London.

The podium was completed by Polish riders from JBG-2 Professional MTB Team: Marek Galinski in second place and Adrian Brzooka in third place. The winner of first edition of the Maros Bike XCO Cup and the Slovak champion Michal Lami finished in fourth place. The first Romanian rider was the Olympian and national champion Tudor Oprea from Pro Cycling Geiger Team who finished in 11th place.

In the elite women's category, the winner was Barbara Benko (Focus MIG Team), who rode solo from the first lap. The race for second place was an animated one between Ester Dosa (Hungary) and Marta Tereshuk (Ukraine). Tereshuk managed to get second with 30 seconds on Dosa.

The race was organised by Maros Sport Team under the aegis of Romanian Cycling and Triathlon Federation, with help from Red Cross, Clujul Pedaleaza and CMC29 Club.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andras Parti (Hun)1:33:06 
2Marek Galinski (Pol)0:02:01 
3Adrian Brzozka (Pol)0:03:06 
4Michal Lami (Svk)0:04:02 
5Benjamin Sonntag (Ger)0:04:09 
6Szilard Buruczki (Hun)0:06:58 
7Zsolt Juhasz (Hun)0:07:40 
8Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol)0:08:39 
9Marton Blazso (Hun)0:10:50 
10Mark Csielka (Hun)0:11:19 
11Tudor Oprea Ovidiu (Rom)0:11:47 
12Frantisek Lami (Svk)0:12:06 
13Anton Liyubuy (Ukr)0:12:23 
14Marko Popovic (Srb)0:13:13 
15Gabor Bogar (Hun)0:16:34 
16Lucian Logigan (Rom)0:18:04 
17Ivan Jovanovic (Srb)0:18:38 
18Gergo Meggyesi (Hun)  
19Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom)  
20George Vlad Sabau (Rom)  
21Fabian Gandila (Rom)  
22Robert Cristian Kovacs (Rom)  
23Dmyrto Gunda (Ukr)  
24Ionut-Adrian Sdraila (Rom)  
25Zoltan Deak (Rom)  
26Ioan Tudor Radu (Rom)  
27Georgian Popovici (Rom)  
28Michal Alexaj (Svk)  
29Sergiu Paraschiv (Rom)  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Barbara Benko (Hun)1:39:19 
2Marta Tereshchuk (Ukr)0:05:50 
3Eszter Dosa (Hun)0:06:22 
4Gabriella Modos (Hun)0:17:13 
5Adrien Piringer Beata (Rom)  
6Linda Trif (Rom)  

 

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