Are you an enthusiastic amateur cyclist who needs to feel the pain? Who doesn’t like riding on the flat? In that case, you now have a unique opportunity to indulge in the suffering arising from the contact between cycling shoes and pedals. SAZKA Tour Challenge for the public takes place on 6th August ahead of the main peloton of the prestigious stage race. It will be exactly 41 kilometres long and with two climbs up to Dlouhé stráně, the altitude gain is roughly 1700 metres. You can register using the following link. The number of participants is limited, so register now, or you might be disappointed.
But train well, it will be purgatory, and you will probably have to drain all your reserves of strength. You will be climbing for approximately twenty kilometres followed by a fast descent, during which the pros reach speeds of up to a hundred kilometres an hour. It will give you a first-hand taste of how the best riders in the world suffer when riding the alpine peaks during the Tour de France or other Grand Tour races; your thighs will ache almost constantly.
“We want to give amateur cyclists the opportunity to experience the pain of cycling uphill. They will experience a steep climb, and be able to compare themselves with the other amateurs, and against the best riders in the main peloton. They will see the difficulty of the race from close up and will probably share a lot of the same pain,” says Leopold König, a former elite Czech cyclist and now the director of Sazka Tour. The total grant for the amateur race is 30,000 crowns. The men’s winner collects 10,000, whilst the fastest woman to the finish line will be 5,000 crowns better off.
The start is in Kouty nad Desnou, and after 8 kilometres of undulating terrain you will turn onto Uhlířská cesta. This leads to a shelter at the Dlouhá stráně reservior. The route travels through a reserve that is home to about 150 large game in unspoilt countryside. However, you won't have time to admire the scenery. After an extremely fast descent, you will return to Kouty nad Desnou and if all goes well you can look forward to riding the whole circuit once again.
Due to the ongoing permitting process, some planned sections of the line may be subject to changes.