The first stage of unique race in the world of mountain biking has started today!
Despite cloudy and windy conditions that didn’t look so friendly at the moments, somebody from above rewarded us with a bit of sunshine during almost whole race – we must have done something good to deserve that…
We’ve seen all types of weather during the 65km leg of the 1st stage. It was sunny and windy around the start time in Baška, but unfavourable clouds anticipated possible weather change. As the riders progressed through the wine yards, rocky trails and single trails, the Bora wind grew in force, helping the riders in some parts of the trails, blowing against them on the others. A total of 1.660 meter of ascension was made difficult by gusts of wind hitting from the front. Riding through the unique moon surface terrain the wind changed direction, supporting the riders by blowing in their backs. Natural forces made their presence felt, a diverse spring day to start off the race. There weren’t many breaks in today’s course, making it a challenge and a great intro to the next couple of days.
The most successful in this year opening were:
1. KELLYS BIKERANCH TEAM 2:43:19
2. MITAS SUPERIOR 2:53:05
3. CALCIT BIKE TEAM 2:53:37
1. KEINDLSPORT-CUBE 3:06:56
2. DIRTY BIKERS 3:16:34
3. ZWILLINGSCRAFT-MONDRAKER 3:17:17
1. SLO MASTERS 3:26:15
2. BIKOMATIC 3:32:25
3. TAM ROBIC-KUZMIN 3:34:29
1. SWISS – GIRSL 3:20:06
2. POLIZEI SV GRAZ 3:31:15
3. KONA LTD TEAM 3:34:16
1. HUSQVARNA TEAM 3:20:11
2. BIKE TEAM JUHASKY 3:25:18
3. MEDSPORT-MTB-REISEN/HOTEL PINIA 1 3:25:53
Today’s technical trails were spiced up with some rain near the finish line in Baška, a town which is a traditional starting point of the race. A town that grew alongside Mitas 4 Islands MTB stage race and blossomed into an outdoor sports destination.
That wraps it up for day 1 of the MITAS 4 ISLANDS MTB STAGE RACE.