2008 - 10th edition MTB
19.9.2008

On June 20th and 21st, SCK CYKLO TOUR Sulov and Sulov – Hradna village organised the 10th anniversary edition of AUTHOR bikemarathon Sulovske skaly. The organisers were helped by 170 volunteers, with 70 of them at track crossings only!!! I give my thanks to all of them. It would not have been possible without you…

Finally the weather was perfect this year. We had no rain several days before the event and also on D-day – Saturday, June 21st 2008 it was the same. The sun was shining from the early morning.

This year’s anniversary edition was marked by significant changes. The most important was the introduction of new courses leading through rock giants of Sulovske skaly, many times directly along the natural reservation border. Still the old truth has been confirmed. Cyclists do not represent a danger for nature!

The number of registered participants again rose in comparison with the last year. One week before the marathon the on-line registration system showed 850 people but on Friday evening after the closing of registration the database showed: 1133 preliminary registered participants!

133 bikers (thereof 2 women) lined up at the starting line of the longest 95 km course and 120 of them (including both women) have made it to the finish! At the start of the 50 km course we had 586 bikers, thereof 41 women, and 574 of them including 40 women crossed the finish line. The shortest 25 km course had 272 bikers and kids, thereof 66 women and girls, and 263 of them including 60 women have made it to the finish. In total 991 bikers and female bikers from Slovakia, Czech Republic (136), Poland (8) and Austria (3) took part in the 10th edition of AUTHOR bikemarathon Sulovske skaly. 957 of them have made it to the finish. Congratulations to this wonderful performance!

From the early morning Sulov village square was occupied by exhibition stands full of cycling accessories, clothing, nutrition, books, souvenirs and of course refreshment. The spectators could have enjoyed a horse ride in the nearby park. The good mood was also present at feeding stations in Podhorie, Mala Cierna, Vrchtepla, Hrabove, Hricovske Podhradie and Lietavska Zavadka. The crowd was stunned by the performance of top Czech cycling showman SPACEMAN and there was also lot to be seen at POPPER beer contests. The main point of the evening programme was the concert of SHERPA BAND and EYES OF HELENA.

Our admiration goes out to all participants who dared to line up at the start and thus fulfilled the idea of AUTHOR bikemarathon Sulovske skaly: “…this is also a way to a healthier life!” I look forward to meeting you at the start of the 11th edition on June 20th, 2009.

Official partners:

Major partner: UNIVERSE SLOVAKIA s.r.o. Trenčín – importeur of AUTHOR bicycles

Media partners: Radio EXPRES, TV PATRIOT, TV POVAŽIE, weekly newspaper ŽILINSKÝ VEČERNÍK, www.bikemagazin.sk, www.mtbiker.sk, www.cykloserver.cz, www.mtb24.cz

Head partners: BAUMIT SLOVENSKO, TOP TREND Piešťany – POLAR heart rate monitors and ENERVIT nutrition, SPORTIQUE cosmetics, PSL Považská Bystrica, VAPES CE Horní Suchá, PESTAV Horní Suchá, Sportcentrum na Císařství Horní Suchá, POPPER Bytča brewery, NEWLINE sports apparel, SPORT 2000 – W&W Žilina, STREDOSLOVENSKÁ ENERGETIKA Žilina, LEADER GASKET Bytča, MEGATEX Žilina, STG ELCON Žilina – BUFF, ARAVIS, KOFOLA, RAJEC spring water, NYNA Lehota p.Vtáčnikom, ALU-METAL Krásno nad Kysucou, POSAM, DYNAX Považská Bystrica, ATLANTA Žilina, BD FOAM - Žilina, CA CYKLO TOUR

Partners: LIBEX Žilina, SLOVPAP Žilina, NEDOROST Žilina, CLEANEX - KÄRCHER Žilina, ALVE SLOVAKIA Púchov, SPORT TIMING Kežmarok, RANČ Súľov, PD VLÁRA Nemšová, KAMIKAZE, SOARE SEKT SLOVAKIA Trebatice, BUREAU VERITAS CERTIFICATION, DOLFI ŠPORT Iliavka, VRÁTNA ski resort, TOI TOI & DIXI Žilina, MIRA Bytča, SHOCART Vizovice, CYKLOSERVIS BELO Považská Bystrica, AVC Čadca, VELOSPRINT Žilina, VIKO Považská Bystrica, CAMPING GAZ Žilina, DEKTRADE Žilina, TONDACH, náradie ASIST, Ing. MILAN KALAŠ Bytča, EURONICS - ASTEL Bytča, GARMIN, DEXWOOD Žilina

Municipal offices: Súľov, Vrchteplá, Bodiná, Lietavská Svinná – Babkov, Lietava, Malá Čierna, Jasenové, Zbyňov, Podhorie, Jablonové, Bytča – Hrabové, Hlboké, Hričovské Podhradie, Paštiná Závada and Dolný Hričov - Peklina

Others: HK Direct Bytča, KST Považská Teplá, Hostinec Varhaníková - Vrchteplá, Pohostinstvo Koleda - Malá Čierna, Pohostinstvo pod lipou – Hričovské podhradie

We also thank the Elementary school in Sulov for the provision of accommodation and catering.

Slavomír Strečanský

SCK CYKLO TOUR Súľov


31.3.2008

 

The 10th anniversary edition of AUTHOR bike marathon Súľovské skaly is again here for you. The exact date of the event is – 21.6.2008! The organizers from SCK CYKLO TOUR Súľov and Súľov – Hradná village with the co-operation of media and merchandize partners once again prepared for you an attractive programme and plenty of valued prizes. But the main thing are the new courses that will lead you to places that are not commonly accessible for bikers – right to the borderline of the natural preserve to unique rock formations in Súľovské vrchy.

The shift of the event date to the second half of June is going to be permanent. It proved to be the best option in terms of participation, after all, in 2007 we had 888 registered bikers but due to extraordinary circumstances (windstorm 2 days before the start) there were “only” 721 participants from 7 countries at the start. Thanks very much for your trust.

But before you arrive in Súľov, please watch this web site carefully and you will find here up-to-date information, on-line registration system, detailed course description, numerous reports and photo galleries from previous editions. The proof that the web site is worth watching is its visit rate. Since the introduction of the new design on 7.2.2007, we have recorded more than 200.000 visits in this one year period… !!!

Once again we prepared for you a practical cycling related present. It is a memorial cycling jersey. The supplier is the sportswear producer NYNA who made those fantastic cycling bandanas in AUTHOR bike marathon Súľovské skaly design last year. The jersey has short sleeves, full length zipper, athletic fit and is made of CoolPlus® fabric. The design of the jersey can be found in the Souvenirs section. Its price is considerably endowed by the producer! In 2009 we will add bib shorts to the jersey. ATTENTION! The closing of the registration with jersey is: 30.5.2008.

We also prepared for you a 2008 memorial shirt. Its design will also be published in the Souvenirs section. The price of the shirt – 190 SKK is not included in the registration fee and the participants will pay for it upon the receipt of the shirt at the presentation.

Each participant can again expect a practical spare tube and a 0,7 l cycling bottle by AUTHOR. Before the start you can fill your bottle in the stand of TOP TREND Piešťany who will provide the ENERVIT energy drink. The same company will also provide a sample of SPORTIQUE cosmetics, namely the protective Century Riding Cream.

The participants, their supporting crews and the spectators can look forward to an eventful accompanying programme. Besides the sales trade fair, horse-riding, bike competitions for kids and POPPER beer contest, the Czech showman – SPACEMAN will once again show his skills. We can already guarantee the performance of the folk group TERCHOVAN, the concert of SHERPA BAND and the main star of the show will be a great band from Prešov – HELENINE OČI (THE EYES OF HELENA)… Don’t hesitate and register yourself…

Attention! The courses lead through protected natural preserve and therefore we ask you to be careful to the nature and its inhabitants. The access to some parts of the course is permitted only during the bike marathon!

On behalf of the organizers from SCK CYKLO TOUR Súľov I believe that AUTHOR bike marathon Súľovské skaly will remain in your favour and by taking part you will fulfil the idea of this event: … this is also a way to a healthier life! We look forward to your participation!

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