Unsupported bicycle race across the Czech Republic- 800 km, 16 km vertical
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.