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Heatwave pilgrimage to Bardo

Today the Sudety MTB Challenge peloton left Stronie Śląskie and headed up north. A slightly shorter stage than yesterday: 60 km for Classic and 48 km for Mega. Among the highlights of the day: a completely new downhill section from Czernica summit, ascent to and descend from Borówkowa mountaintop and the famous way of the cross in Bardo, which was the host town of the day.

In SOLO competition on CLASSIC distance third consecutive win for Erik Aagaard (TEAM RASK CYKLER) who was the fastest rider overall (considering both SOLO and TEAM riders). Second place for Maxim Gosseries (Beachbikers) and third for German Sönke Wegner (WORLD OF MTB / GIANT GERMANY), who was leading, but lost the way in the early stage of the race. Canadian Sonya Looney (FREAKSHOW SCOTT) completed a “hattrick” and is heading for the perfect race with 6/6 wins. Just like yesterday, Sandra Backman (SINGLETRACK SISTERS RACE TEAM) takes second place and Marta Gogolewska (MERX TEAM WĄGROWIEC) completes the podium line-up. 

In team's competition on CLASSIC distance another first place for the Belgian side WILLIER FORCE (Bram Cools and Mathias Coolstermans). They were chased by the Russian team AEON SCOTT - LOYALTY POINT (Igor Gordienko and Andrey Dianov) came 6 minute behind the winners. Third place for the second Belgian squad TEAM WILIER-FORCE (Philip Van Hemelen and Sven Janssens).  CINGOLANI WOMAN TEAM (Daniela Stefanelli and Nadia Pasqualini) – spent more time on the course than yesterday despite shorter distance (04:41:29), mainly due to mechanical problems 5 km before the finish line. 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 first win for Piotr Niewieczerzal (CK SÄVAST), who beat yesterday's winner Jeffry Goethals (BEACHBIKERS) and Bartłomiej Sroczyński (FTI RACING TEAM). Lenka Fridrichova (GHOST TEAM), remains unbeaten in women category (once again 9th overal!). Yesterday's second runner up Brigit Wauters (BEACHBIKERS) went a spot up and Monika Kulling (KLIF MTB TEAM) 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 former 3rd place winners Kibolski KS (Przemysław Kubiak and Małgorzata Kaczmarek) did not start today, leaving only 2 teams remaining in the MIX competition. The only team in MAN category Xbox Bike Team (Sławomir Gerek and Łukasz Witkowski) spent 04:13:53 on the course of Stage 2.  

The race stops over in Bardo only for one day and leaves towards Głuszyca tomorrow, which will host the riders for next 2 days. The trails around Głuszyca will show the real face of Sudety MTB Challenge! Some really exciting stuff awaits! Fingers crossed for a good weather (the forecasts are promising).