2009 - 11th edition MTB

30.07.2009

On June 19th and 20th, SCK CYKLO TOUR Súľov together with the village Súľov – Hradná organized the 11th edition of AUTHOR bikemarathon Súľovské skaly. Some 180 volunteer organizers, 70 of them at the road crossings, were in charge of the event. We would like to thank all of them. It would have been impossible without you my friends…

What was so special about this edition? 100% humidity! After a rainy 2004 edition, we thought that we can not have a worse weather like that. We were wrong. A 24-hour downpour that began on Friday night and finished on Saturday evening during the concert of Helenine oči. There has not been such a rainfall in Súľov for a very long time…

But it could not change the fact that the number of registered participants was again larger in comparison with the previous year. On Friday evening the database showed 1147 provisionally registered participants from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, UK, Italy and the USA. Around 920 bikers took their chips but there were just 596 of them at the start. In the end 521 bikers crossed the finish line. Congratulations to all of you for this wonderful achievement!

The main square in Súľov was alive from the early morning, the trade fair with stands full of specialized cycling accessories, clothing, nutrition, literature, souvenirs and of course refreshment. The mood was also funny at the feeding stations in Podhorie, Malá Čierna, Vrchteplá, Hrabové, Hričovské Podhradie, Paštiná Závada and in Lietavská Závadka. Besides that, we had live performances of the girls dance and sing formation HIP CHICKS, country band ZÁLESÁCI (Trappers) and the folk group JAVORNÍČEK. The main event of the evening accompanying programme was the concert of the bands SUNLIPS and HELENINE OČI. The SPACEMAN also came but the weather conditions would have made his performance too dangerous so we decided to postpone it until the next edition. 

And finally our admiration goes to all the bikers who had the courage to line up at the start and thus fulfilled the idea of AUTHOR bikemarathon Súľovské skalythis is also a way to a healthier life!



06.03.2009

The 11th edition of AUTHOR bike marathon Súľovské skaly is drawing nearer. SCK CYKLO TOUR Súľov and the village Súľov – Hradná in cooperation with media and merchandise partners once again prepared for you an attractive programme and lots of valuable prizes. We are proud that you enjoyed the new courses last year. Don’t forget to note the new event date: 20.6.2009! The event is included into the prestigious iVELO Bikemarathon series 2009.

The official patrons of the 11th edition will be: the Chairman of the Slovak Parlament - Mgr. Pavol Paška and  the Chairman of Žilina self-governing region - Ing. Juraj Blanár.

What really delights us is the participation trend. In 2006 we had 475 bikers at the start; in 2007 the number was already 721 and last year 991 bikers lined up at the start. We strongly believe that we will finally break the magical threshold of 1000 participants. But before you arrive in Súľov, keep an eye on our website where you can find up-to-date information, on-line registration system, detailed course description, numerous reports and photographs from previous editions.
 
We have once again prepared for you a practical cycling related souvenir. As an addition to last year’s cycling jersey, this time we have come up with a main souvenir - memorial cycling bib shorts in matching design. The supplier is again the sportswear producer NYNA who made those fantastic cycling bandanas in AUTHOR bike marathon Súľovské skaly design. And as the main souvenir for the 2010 edition we plan to make arm and leg warmers. The cycling jersey from last year’s edition can also be reordered this year. Its price is 26,50 €. Participants from countries different from SVK or CZE shall pay this price at the place. The prices of both souvenirs are endowed by the producer. Please send your orders for the jersey via e-mail and not via the online system! You can find all information on our products in the Souvenirs section of our web. The closing date for souvenir orders is 1.6.2009. Attention! The shorts are made from a pre-ordered specially dyed material and therefore their number is limited to circa 300 pieces!

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.

We also prepared for you a 2009 memorial shirt. The price of the shirt – 6 € is not included in the registration fee and the participants will pay for it upon the receipt of the shirt at the presentation.

Entirely new
in this year’s edition will be the separation of starters on the 50 km course into 2 waves. The first wave will be intended for 350 racers who finished in the front places of the result lists at this course in 2007 and 2008, approximately up to the 150th place. The remaining places in the first wave will be assigned by the organizer as wild cards according to his choice. Please mark you intention to start in the first wave in the remark section of the online registration system by stating your finish result! The time in both waves will be measured together from their individual starting signs.

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, KOFOLA soft drink and POPPER beer contest, the Czech showman – SPACEMAN will once again show his skills. We can already tell you that you can look forward to the performances of the girls sing and dance formation HIP CHICKS, country band ZÁLESÁCI (Trappers) and the folk group JAVORNÍČEK. The evening programme will belong to the concert of bands from Prešov. At first it is going to be the pop-rock group SUNLIPS and the main star of the show will once again be the band HELENINE OČI (Eyes of Helena)… So 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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