Mountain bike stage races are relatively young discipline – the oldest ones started in mid-nineties. Our event had its premiere in 2005 and was one of the first of its kind in this part of the globe. Since then many riders from around the world, including pro cyclists like the Olympic Champion Bart Brentjens, took on the challenge issued by Sudety. The race has become one of the most international sporting events in Poland.
Sudety MTB Challenge is a six day stage race, starting with a prologue. There are also shorter option for less seasoned riders. In 2016 we will take off in Stronie Śląskie. The CLASSIC distance will head north-west, cover 380 km of distance and 11350 m of elevation to reach Karpacz, considered one of the best MTB spots in Poland. The longest, penultimate stage will be “almost a century” ride - 90 km and around 2800 m of climbing. As always, the route will be bristled with demanding climbs, mad downhills, “flowing” singletracks, unique nature and breathtaking views.
The route of the race leads across the Polish and Czech part of Sudety mountain range. They are the highest mountains in Czech Republic – its highest peak is Śnieżka (lying on the Polish-Czech boarder): 1602 m asl, which may not be the most impressive number, but bear in mind, that you can ride your bike right to the very top of it! In 2016 the race is going to finish right at its foot.
After the Sudety MTB Challenge is over (on Friday, 29th of July) the Saturday will be a day-off and on Sunday (31st of July) we want to invite all the riders to take part in an classic one-day race which will be held also in Karpacz. We want to make it the most epic XC marathon of 2016. Be advised that Gary Fisher have already announced his presence at Karpacz MTB Marathon!