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FAQ

Where is the race located?
Istebna - Central part of the Beskid Mountains in Silesia. The location of the base of the event in this place makes each of the 4 stages of the race is located on a different route with each Istebna behavior as a start/met and base of the Event.  You can easily get here via A2, A4 and national road 81. The location makes it easy to get there even from the other end of the world. Efficient access by motorways and national roads from international airports in Katowice (140km), Krakow, (150km), Bratislava (250km) and Warsaw (400km) will simplify the journey from afar. Of course, we can help you to organize the transfer from the airport to Istebna (and back) and support you in your journey from even the farthest corners of the world. We have a lot of experience in this.

Is the accommodation included in the entry fee?
Accommodation is a paid and additional option. We give you the opportunity and help you to find comfortable and suitable accommodation for your event. Details of all accommodation options are available HERE
 
Can the accompanying person use the options available to the contestants?
Absolutely. We can individually determine the cost and the extent to which the accompanying person will want to use the additional options offered by us, such as accommodation, meals or travel support.

Do you also organize other MTB events?
"Beskidy MTB Trophy" is one of the two oldest stage MTB Events in Poland. It has always been conditionally demanding, enriched with the truest MTB sections. Only the "Sudetes MTB Challenge" is older - a 5-day demanding technical race organized by us. Our next stage race is "Mouflon Tracks" - it will debut in May 2020. "Mouflon Tracks" means 4 days of racing in a slightly lighter but exciting formula, mostly on single track tracks.

Will the roads be closed during the race?
No. The race takes place in open traffic with the security of the organizer so that you can feel our support and security. No sections of trails or roads are specially closed or deactivated for the duration of our event. We ask you to maintain safety and respect for other road users and mountain trails. 
 
EQUIPMENT:

I want to come to the event alone and have no support from outside. Can I manage?
Do not be afraid. An event is not only about routes and racing. We are here to help you solve every "racing" problem. Medical protection, buffets on the track, service support on the stages and in the race town. Packages: regeneration, bike service, accommodation or transfers. All this tested on our races for over 15 years, will be available and customized for you on the "Beskidy MTB Trophy".

What bike will be suitable for the "Beskydy MTB Trophy"?
This question is asked by everyone who wants to face a real mountain stage. The "Beskidy MTB Trophy" is a demanding event in which a well chosen bicycle will certainly help you to overcome it. The number of demanding uphill stretches may make the Enduro bike too much weight. Created and ideal for "MTB Trophy" routes, the modern XC bike with full suspension seems to be a perfect solution. Long conditioned uphill stretches and specific, Beskid descents can also be overcome efficiently on a good Hardtail or light Trail bike (120-130mm jump). The downhill post is not indispensable in the Beskid Mountains, but on most descents it will provide a lot of comfort and a much bigger "FUN", regardless of the type of bike you have.

What should I take with me on the trail?
The "Beskidy MTB Trophy" routes are demanding. We support you on the route of the race, but technical or medical service is not able to be immediately at any point. That is why you yourself must be equipped with the necessary minimum equipment. Remember that the Beskydy Mountains are mountains whose face changes in the blink of an eye in the weather. We will never leave you alone on the track, but you must be ready to fight off the first attack of unforeseen circumstances, which can always happen during a race in the mountains.
The minimum you must always keep in mind is this:
  • clothes adapted to the weather forecast
  • 1,5-2L isotonic drink
  • a few energy gels/batons
  • multitool with the tools you need to keep your bike running smoothly
  • your own pump and spare tubes
  • a fully charged mobile phone
Don't just rely on buffets and service areas located on stage routes!

THE RACE

What service is available at the start/metre?
After each stage there will be a regeneration buffet, a bicycle wash point and a bicycle service waiting for you. If you have a problem or question - we will be available to help you and answer it.

Is the race available for cyclists of all levels?
The "Beskidy MTB Trophy" is a race in which experience and good form will help you to overcome it. The level of difficulty of the stages, their length and the number of exceedances on each of them allow those who regularly practice sports and did not get on a mountain bike "yesterday" to think realistically about finishing the whole race. For over 10 years we have been realizing specific assumptions concerning the routes of "Beskidy MTB Trophy". Conveniently demanding and technically original. However, we reassure those who want to try to start and are not sure of their abilities. Apart from the full distance Classic, for the last 4 years we have been offering a test of ourselves on lighter routes - "Trophy" in the variant of LITE routes. If you already have experience in MTB marathons and at least one full season on a bike, try it.If you're still not sure, ask! We will always honestly help you and together we will assess your abilities.

Is time measured during the race?
Of course. The results and driving time of each competitor will be available in the competition town and on the website of our event after the end of each stage of the race.
Despite the time measurement you do not have to give in to the pressure of competition. You can only start in order to experience the adventure on the mountain routes during a well-prepared MTB event.

Is the race protected by medical staff?
The race is operated by an experienced medical team. Rescuers are located in key places on the race route. Rescuers in the medical point at the finish line, in ambulances and GOPR rescuers are present every day.  Nevertheless, we count on your help if you are a witness or a victim of an accident. Keep your mobile phone with you and you can quickly dial our emergency number (our emergency phone number). 

Can I count on assistance in repairing my bike during the race?
Of course. We have been using the same proven mechanics on our MTB races for years. During each day of racing they will be available in a sensitive area of the route to provide you with immediate and free of charge mechanical assistance. After the completion of the stage they can take care of your equipment as part of the previously purchased service package or solve a specific problem with the equipment at once. Repairs and service after the stage and all spare parts are paid for on a commercial basis. Mechanics have a lot of standard spare parts at their disposal, but all unusual and fast-wearing bike components should be carried by the participant.
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