Weather forecasts sometimes come true, sometimes they don’t. Today - it was suppose to rain from the early morning till the late afternoon - and it did. Constant rainfall and rather low temperature enforced the shortening of the stage 3 for the CLASSIC distance. One may argue that 8 centigrades isn’t that bad, but you have to remember that on the highest point of the day, the temperature oscillated around -2 degrees! As far as getting up the hill wouldn’t be much of a problem for warmed up riders, descending for a few kilometers could easily end up with hypothermia.
Shorter distance and low temperature eagered the “Classicers” to “boil the water” from the get go. The GC leader - Mathias Frohn - launched an attack on one of the initial climbs. He was first marked by his countryman - Torsten Mutzlitz, buy the latter couldn’t keep up for too long. Despite being one of the strongest today, Frohn couldn’t shake off all his rivals. Marcin Urbaniak was clearly feeling good today and he was the one to follow the leader on the first major climb of the day - Ochodzita. The leading duo worked hard not to get caught by the chase and they managed to reach the finish line as the first riders today. Urbaniak was the one to take the stage victory, but Frohn could also be happy as he’s increased his GC lead. Czech Milan Damek completed the podium, falling 2 minutes behind the winner.
In the women category, Belgian Hilde Verschaeve took the win, by completing the stage in 3:04:34. German Regina Marunde crossed the finish line almost 18 minutes later, while the third Anna Świrkowicz lost 1,5 more minutes. Thanks to her strong ride today, the Belgian managed to gain a clear advantage over her rivals and is now a major pretendent to the overall win in Beskidy MTB Trophy 2017.
On MEGA distance - a hattrick by Jan Šťastny. Czech having the GC under control, kept it calm and didn’t panic despite hectic attack of his rivals. This tactics paid off, as Šťastny was the first one to reach the finish line located on Koczy Zamek. He completed the stage in 2:33:45, leaving second Robert Skrobol and third Paweł Kurzyca respectively 3 and almost 5 minutes behind. Katarzyna Galewicz once again proved her good form by winning the second consecutive stage. Her dominance today was undeniable - second rider Zofia Czyż lost almost 15 minutes, while the third Paula Hinczewska fell 2 more minutes behind.
We strongly believe that the weather forecast will remain as precise as today, and we’ll witness a beautiful, sunny and warm finale of this year’s edition of Beskidy MTB Trophy! Tomorrow the Queen Stage (at least in terms of elevation: 3127 m for CLASSIC). Despite the fact that the leaders have quite clear advantage over their main rivals, much about anything can happen during mountain bike race. Especially in such a hard terrain like Beskidy.