Spring is here and soon the Lusatian Mountains will be full of bike riders. The 18th International Bikemarathon Malevil Cup will take place on Saturday 10th of June. The race is listed on the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series 2017, as well as in the prestigious MarathonMan Series. There are 4 race distances on offer – 100, 65, 45 and 25 km.
Amateur and professional riders line up side by side to take part in Malevil Cup each year. Past names include Jaroslav Kulhavý, Thomas Dietsch, Alban Lakata, Kristián Hynek, Periklis Ilias and Tiago Ferreira. Czech national sport channel CT Sport will record all the action and the footage will be broadcasted several times on national TV.
Malevil Cup has a real mix of trails including fast open fireroad, grassy farm tracks, super rocky jeep track descents, loose steep rocky climbs, and fun root covered singletrack. It’s a great location to ride and race, enjoyable but very tough. The scenery in this part of Czech Republic is spectacular and one of the reasons I have good memories. I’ve opted to extend my stay to nearly a week to make the most of the riding and tourism possibilities in the area. Not far from the race you can visit the stunning sandstone towers of the Bohemian – Saxon Switzerland, a merging point of the local mountain range with rocky gorges or lookout points. The mountain bike trails at Nove Mesto are not far away either.
The Malevil Cup course used for the 100km race starts at Jablonne v Podjestedi town centre, passes over the German border, passes back into Czech Republic further west, before finishing up on the Malevil Ranch golf course in Hermanice v Podjestedi. It’s quite an achievement to pull off the logistics of visiting 2 countries.
Malevil Cup is one of the most popular bike marathons in the Czech Republic and 5 years ago the event hosted the European Champs. We’ll be back in Czech Republic to report on this year’s race. More information on this and other events can be found in our event calendar.