The riders were welcomed by scorching heat on the starting line of the first stage of Beskidy MTB Trophy 2018. The grim weather forecasts turned out not to be accurate and the most of competitors made it to the finish line without getting wet.
The opening climb to Ochodzita was the point on which the strongest riders in the group began to work out their advantage over the rest of the pack. But the „main dish” of the day was the one and only Wielka Racza, which came back to the route of the Trophy after a period of „ off-season”. And what a comeback that was! It was a first time in the twelve-year history of our race, when the riders climbed Wielka Racza in dry conditions. In previous years it was much less hospitable.
The finish line, placed on Koczy Zamek, was initially crossed by the riders form shorter (MEGA) distance. The fastest among men was Michał Glanz from the Warsaw Cycling Club, who outraced Maciej Stanowicz (Mitsubishi Materials MTB Team) and Krzysztof Paluszek (BIKE SHOP - BIKE FINGER WAŁBRZYCH BIKE SHOP). The initial leader Mateusz Mróz (MRÓZ BIKE FOLTYN TEAM) lost the route and after a few extra kilometers, eventually finished on 4th spot. The fastest among the ladies was Ewa Szymankiewicz (RYBCZYŃSKI-BIKES Remmers TP-Link Team). Anna Tomica crossed the finish line as second(Gomola Trans Airco) and was followed by Natalia Kołodziej from the same team.
The long-distance was conquered by the multiple Trophy participant - Bartłomiej Oleszczuk (RYBCZYŃSKI-BIKES Remmers TP-Link Team), who finished the 69km stage in 3h 35 min. The Pole was followed by Russian Andrey Dianov (LOYALTY POINT RACING TEAM) and a few dozen seconds behind him the finish line was crossed by Michał Neumann (CST 7R MTB TEAM). One of the race’s main favourites, Dariusz Batek, had a bad day today and finished the competition on 11th place. It wasn’t his last word and he’ll surely stir things up in days to come.
Rita Malinkiewicz (CST 7R MTB TEAM) was unrivaled on the long distance, winning the competition among women. The Pole was followed by the Russian Seda GRENAVTSEVa (Corto Team Russian Federation). Podium was completed by Vladi Pokobova, who lost over half an hour to the first duo.
Tomorrow a climb to Rysianka, which competes with Wielka Racza for title of the Queen of Beskidy MTB Trophy. A strenuous ascent followed by a crazy downhill section - the best one in the history of Polish MTB races! Tomorrow a first day of June, which means Children’s Day in Poland. But don’t be fooled by this date and don’t count on an easy ride!