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Plan Your Start!

​Physical preparation

Each participant in the event should be adequately prepared for the competition, with particular emphasis on general physical fitness supported by typical cycling strength and endurance. The contestant taking part in the Beskidy MTB Trophy must be aware that between 11-14 June he will spend several hours a day "on the saddle", driving, depending on the selected distance, from about 25 km to about 70 with the uphills ranging from 900 to almost 2500 m at the stage. Some sections will require greater commitment and concentration from the participant, all in order to ride at a certain pace and comfort on different quality routes (single trail, gravel road or hiking trail). After-workout regeneration, e.g. sports massage, stretching, rolling will be highly recommended and recommended.
 

Classic or Lite distance?

Every year we pose new challenges to our competitors and they experience new attractions. With each edition, the range of routes covers an ever wider area of the Beskid Mountains. Trophy is a great fun of driving and satisfaction of winning with yourself, the route, the Beskids. Here, one often wins by willpower, and physical crises are overcome by mental resilience. The shortened distance of this stage race (Lite) is to encourage less experienced to taste the Beskid's driving. Those who have not been able to compete in Trophy so far will be able to get to know the Beskidy Mountains on their own skin, from this good side, without pulling their own strings.

Which bike is suitable for Beskidy MTB Trophy?

This question is probably asked by everyone who wants to face a real mountain stage. "Beskidy MTB Trophy” is a specific event that does not favour one type of bike. Probably an enduro machine is too much for these routes. Specific, smooth, single-track routes will make the lightweight trail bike or full XC  work perfectly here. As usual, adjustable saddlepole will not hurt, but just on the local routes will not be indispensable.

Enjoy the ride

Taking part in the MTB stage race is a very good stimulant for your "inner fire". Racing for several days in a row in a new place with new people can be a unique event for a whole bunch of MTB fans. The problem is that many races of this type in Europe are similar to each other - they are held in a scenery where the effects of human activity can be seen quite clearly. The routes are largely regulated, relatively easy to follow. Of course, the elevation or slope do "their job", but sometimes it is simply not enough, especially if we do it some time in a row. The good news is that some races are breaking out of this pattern. Participating in one of these races is a challenge for every type of racer - no matter if he is a world champion or just a biker looking for a unique challenge. The Beskidy MTB Trophy belongs to this group of events.

MTB Beskidy

The location of the base of the event for 16 years is in Istebna. You can easily get there by taking the S1 road (from Żywiec) or the voivodeship road No. 941 (from Wisła). The location makes it easy to get there from all over the world (the participants were already competitors from Nepal, Iceland, South Africa and Australia).

Efficient access by motorways and national roads from international airports in Krakow (approx. 150 km), Katowice (approx. 140 km) will facilitate travel from a distance. 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.

The base of the event will be located in a place known in the cycling world as southern Poland. It is here that for 16 years we have been organizing MTB events (previously known series Powerade MTB Marathon) and Beskidy MTB Trophy. The surrounding mountains are also excellent places for other types of cycling (DH, Enduro) and here the leading centres in the nearby towns and villages lead the way: Wisła and Szczyrk.
 
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