Unsupported bicycle race across the Czech Republic- 800 km, 16 km vertical
Springs' news 2021
As bears wake up from winter hibernation, we rouse from winter dreaming too and half a year before the start of Bohemia Divide 2021, here we come with some spring news.
At first, we would like to introduce to you our new supporter and that is BLUEFLY manufacture (https://www.bluefly.cz/) producing thermal underwear and jerseys. In cooperation with last year´s contestant Peter Kohoutek they created Bohemia Divide Edition of thermal jerseys (short/long sleeves) that is waiting in their e-shop for those interested. This year contestants can enjoy 15% reduction on all their products.
Another news, for some joyful for some sorrowful, there will be a rather radical route alternation and that is that this year we are going to avoid some of old legendary favourites – loved and hated Ralsko and also mountain Říp – so slippery in the rain. Yet do not despair, we´ve planned adequate substitutions. This year´s route will take you eastward from Prague, where we´ve discovered unexpectedly beautiful nature during mapping the new route. You will pass through a picturesque historical town Kouřim (means place of smoke) from where our ancestor Lech send smoke signals to his brother Čech, our legendary forefather, who settled on the mountain Říp. We will bring to your mind romantic morning mists rising above the gardening cottage colony Kersko known from film and book „Slavnosti sněženek“ („Snowdrop Festivity“) by Bohumil Hrabal.
We hope that after the Easter we would be allowed to cross the county borders without limitations and pangs of conscience, therefore we wish you pleasant and enjoyable rides and traditionally release last year´s track that you may find at http://sezemice.net/Bohemia_Divide_2020.zip
To boost the optimistic mood we send you a short extract from a book „Carpathian games“about illness and travelling by Miroslav Nevrlý. It is slightly idealized but still very cheerful.
„When travelling you assimilate yourself to an animal: the illness will avoid you. Moreover, if you fell ill before the travel, it will leave you, it will disappear in the distance, it will stay lying powerlessly along the road after the first rainfall. Voyage will heal you. … You shiver with cold in the night and feel fresh like a salmon in the morning. At home it would have killed you, you would be observing yourself, getting massages and gargles, you would be sick. It is a strange game. While travelling you don´t have the time to be ill, you ignore the illness and it disappears. Cherish your health but do not worry about it. You need it for you voyages and therefore you have it“.
BD 2020 SUMMARY
Despite many troubles preceding the actual race, we succeeded to realize this year´s edition in its entirety. And yet again it turned enormously, even unexpectedly well. From 130 registered contestants, magnificent 106 courageous riders stood at the start – 6 women and 100 men. The weather played it´s tricky games but even so 68 riders reached the finish. Great respect not only to the finishers, but to all who despite the unfavourable conditions had the courage to line up at the start. The atmosphere at the start, on the road and at the finish was just fantastic.
We are endlessly grateful to all those who supported the contestants with unexpected refreshment points, encouraging messages or were just interested in their „foolish“ action.
Photos from the race by Pavel Šťastný are available at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kq2QcD66h2IYNojS6FOcQQuoObrg8Zkw
The first to reach the start this year was Ondra Svoboda. He managed to defeat the 770 km in extremely hard, waterlogged terrain in 2 days, 23 hours and 40 minutes. Second place belongs to Tomáš Novotný and third place to Jakub Vlček.
In the women´s category the winner is Katarína Ludvíková, who conquered the whole trail in 4 days, 4 hours and 10 minutes. Jitka Brunnerová came second and Jiřina Lípová third. Great respect also for Katka Holá who due to some health indisposition started almost a day behind but thanks to her invincibility reached the Kocour Brewery just in time not to miss the after-party.
Two more performances are also worth mentioning and we pay our great respect to tandem riders Petr Vocetka and Jarda Šach and also to successful Zdeněk Janeček on his recumbent bike.
Bohemia Divide 2020 Edition
will take place from September 26 to October 3, 2020 – from Saturday to Saturday, as we want you to save 2 of your holiday days, in addition with Bank Holiday Monday, September 28. The route will be altered by approximately 30%, however your favourite, time-proven passages will remain preserved .
We had to increase the number of participants to total 100. For foreign/international contestants we reserved 30 places (in case of un-filled places, they will be offered to back-up riders who wouldn´t manage to enrol in standard registration).
This year´s contestants have again priority registration via e-mail till December 21, 2019.
Standard registration will be open on January 1, 2020, at 20.00 o´clock at: https://bohemiadivide.wixsite.com/english/registration.
The registration fee will remain 80 EUR and includes the tracker for on-line monitoring of current position.
BD 2019 SUMMARY
2nd edition of Bohemia Divide, bikepacking ultramarathon, started from Vyšší Brod on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Just as similar events having „divide“ in their title, Bohemia Divide divides the Czech Republic, starting in the utmost southern point and finishing in the utmost north of the republic. The race was 720 km long with the elevation of 14 km vertical.
On the starting line there were 78 contestants from 7 countries (Czech Republic, Germany, France, USA, Great Britain, Hungary and New Zealand). The track leads on firm roads, however there are some steep stony slopes, where its necessary to push or carry the bike. The organizers attempt to take the racers to places that are interesting also from the view of a perceptive tourist or someone who wants to see the true beauty the Czech Republic. This year we took the contestants to castle Rožmberk, convent Zlatá Koruna, Kleť mountain, chateau Kratochvíle, Brdy, Křivoklátsko, industrial Kladno, magical Říp hill, Mácha lake, former air-field Hradčany, beautiful Ještěd, Lužické mountains, saxon spa towns Oybin and Jonsdorf and Šluknov area with the utmost northern point „Nordkap“.
58 contestants reached the finish in Kocour brewery in Varnsdorf.
The fastest contestant, Czech expat Martin Střelka now living in New Zealand, managed to cross the Czech land in unbelievable 2 days and 6 hours. The second racers in the finish was two time winner of legendary 1000 miles race, Radek Musil. And the bronze position took Petr „Piškot“ Novák.
Jitka Brunnerová won the female category in 3 days and 23 hours. Second woman was Katka Holá, followed by Patricia Berhelier in the third place.
Credit and appreciation, nonetheless, belong to all contestants who set out on the bikepacking unsupported journey and found their own individual enrichment and satisfaction.
Bohemia Divide is an event that closes the bikepacking season in Czech Republic. The organizers had a goal to prepare „a joyride without limits “, that would please those who love travelling and at the same time emphasise friendly atmosphere of similar events, where life-long friendships can emerge.
Bohemia Divide 2019 is over. Long live Bohemia Divide 2020.