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Geez, what a crazy ride!

The 3rd stage was announced as the shortest in all the race. If some riders confused the shortness with facility, they might have been surprised! Climbs to Kalenica or Wielka Sowa are no piece of cake, and our new bits like A-line of Srebrna Góra Enduro Trails (thanks for letting us ride here, guys!), single track on Rymarz or descent from Mała Sowa were far from easy, but at the same time super fun and crazy (to quote one of the riders met on the course: “Jesus Christ, this is totally crazy! Whooo!”).

Another day of beautiful weather gave a chance to admire the views, but didn't make the climbing any easier. But we don't think anyone would prefer rain to sun. 

In SOLO competition on CLASSIC distance fourth win for Erik Aagaard (TEAM RASK CYKLER) who was the fastest rider overall (considering both SOLO and TEAM riders). Second place for German Sönke Wegner (WORLD OF MTB / GIANT GERMANY), and third for Joan Freixa Marceló, for whom it was a first podium in open category. Canadian Sonya Looney (FREAKSHOW SCOTT), just like Aagaard in MAN category, completed 4/4 wins. Marta Gogolewska (MERX TEAM WĄGROWIEC) takes second place and Swedish Sandra Backman (SINGLETRACK SISTERS RACE TEAM) completes the podium line-up. 

In team's competition on CLASSIC distance first place for the Russian team AEON SCOTT - LOYALTY POINT (Igor Gordienko and Andrey Dianov). Second place for Polish MITUTOYO AZS WRATISLAVIA MTB TEAM (Dariusz Poroś and Łukasz Klimaszewski). Third place for the Belgian WILLIER FORCE (Bram Cools and Mathias Coolstermans), who lost the lead in GC.  CINGOLANI WOMAN TEAM (Daniela Stefanelli and Nadia Pasqualini) – the only team in WOMEN category – completed the stage in 04:20:55. The MIX category won, once again, by CORTO TEAM (Seda Genavtseva and Ivan Grenavtsev). Second place for Belgian side CRANKBROTHERSRACINGTEAM (Peter Verbeurgt and Sara Michielsens) and third for ECHATLON also from Belgium (Reinout de Mey and Terry Fremineur). 

On MEGA distance Jeffry Goethals (BEACHBIKERS) gets back on winning streak after yesterday's second place. Marcin Suchomski (MTB ELDAR ŚWIECIE) finished as a runner-up  and Bartłomiej Sroczyński (FTI RACING TEAM) came 3rd. Lenka Fridrichova (GHOST TEAM), remains unbeaten in women category. Yesterday's second runner up Monika Kulling (KLIF MTB TEAM) went a spot up and Dominika Smyk (GOGOL MTB TEAM WĄGROWIEC) completed the podium line-up.

The team MIX category won, once again, by the American-German side – JANDN – Joshua Moore and Nina Moore. Belgian TEAM EPIC (Sam Van Rossom and Esther Bekkers) came second.  The only team in MAN category Xbox Bike Team (Sławomir Gerek and Łukasz Witkowski) spent 04:48:18 on the course of Stage 3.  

The riders will spend another two days in Głuszyca to explore the trails on the east and west side of the town. The two upcoming stages will constitute a two-act grande finale of Sudety MTB Challenge. And what a ride it's going to be!