- 6 stages
- 320 km
- 11 345 m total ascent
The race starts this Sunday, 22nd of July!
First Time EverI've raced a few different stage races over the years but this will be the first time I compete in Sudety Challenge. Sudety is sort of a sister race to Beskidy Trophy, which I've raced many times. They both take place in the same area of Poland (though they don't share any actual locations). I'm expecting the same kind of fun and challenging terrain as in Beskidy meaning: Few gravel roads and mostly singletrack. Each stage has around 500 fewer meters of total ascent compared to Beskidy, while length-wise they are similar.
There is one big difference between Sudety and Beskidy and that is that you change start/finish location for the different stages, meaning you need to switch hotels. The good thing is that there are not six separate locations, only three. It makes sense however as finding six unique sections of trails for all the stages that all start and end at the same place would be impossible.
The StagesThese are the six stages:
I'll be riding my Trek Superfly 9.9 SL RSL. I haven't used it that much since Beskidy Trophy so what I did was replace the rear tire, put in new brake pads both front and rear, and top of the Stan's fluid in the tires. Front tire was still fine.
The tire setup will be:
Front: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25 Snakeskin
Rear: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1 Snakeskin
I'll probbaly run around 1.6 bars of air pressure.
Expectations and FormForm has been going up lately. I did a 9x9 minute session on my stationary bike last week were I managed an average of 326 watts. That's a new personal best. Weight is just around 71 kg right now. That's acceptable.
It's hard to say something about what kind of expectations that I have on the race. I checked the list of starters and what surprised me is that perhaps 80% of them are from outside of Poland. My weight and power figures are about where they were before Beskidy Trophy and I finished that race in third place so perhaps something similar...?