Published September 1, 2011
LIBEREC CZECH REPUBLIC - End of August we travelled to the north
of Czech to Liberec for the closing IKSA eurocup weekend of the
season 2011. We thank Kolobežky Kidokai and the Inline skate organisation
Liberec for organising the IKSA eurocup weekend. The race locations
were beautifull. About 70 footbikers took part in the races.
On arrival it was 35C on Friday a bit too hot for our standards,
but on the race day on Saturday temperatures dropped to 18C. More
like temps at home in Netherlands, so no real drama there. On arrival
in the evening we sat under the stars watching the mountain top
in the sun.
We want to special thank the inline skate people for welcoming us
on Friday. Short before the race on Saturday first Czech footbikers
During chip mounting there was some unclearity among riders. In
IKSA eurocup one should mount the chip on the front fork als low
as possible. It is not allowed during an IKSA eurocup race to put
it some were else. If one wants to have a spare chip on a spare
frame in case of broken frame that is allowed in IKSA eurocup. So
2 chipnumbers can be registrated to one person.]
On Saturday the IKSA eurocup 35 km race. The
Vesec track was pretty heavy, sharp turns and steep downhill and
was this time mixed, not ideal but oke. There was a 400m loop in
the beginning to spread the large group before everyone started
with the 3,2
km loop x 10.
The Czech Ladislav Provod (team PSP-KK plzen), Richard Jisl (team
Kidokai Jablonec) took the lead and after 22 km Ladislav speeded
up and Richard had to let him go. On the finish Ladislav won in
a time of 1:09.24. Jisle finished in 1:10:21. The suprising man
of the weekend was for sure Václav Barák from team Ultima Klap who
In the women field eurocup leading lady Dutch Rosanne Reijne (High
Level vd Laan) took the lead right after start and then she took
it easy for a while there, so Michaela Balatková (PSP - KK Plzen)
and Katka Beroušková (Slavia pojišt'ovna team) both Czech followed
and closed almost the gap in round 3, 4 and 5.
That forced Rosanne to conclude that she needed to speed up in order
to win the race and she did af 14 km and took of and won in a time
of 1.13.30 after 9 laps. Michaela
followed as second in 1:15:00 and Katka was 3d in 1:15:37.
Right during finish it started raining and it kept raining till
late in the evening. So the relay team race was delayed and because
and it was unclear when (and if) it would take part many teams decided
to skip it and travel to their hotel in stead of waiting in the
rain. Which is unfortunate. Because in the end the teams carry the
eurocup competition, so a team race is an essential part. In future
clear communication by organisers is needed towards riders in this
was pasta after the race but no real place to sit in side, so some
of us took off in early evening to the centre of Liberec, to dine
and warm up. We haven't seen any sprint races because it kept on
raining. The sprints were no part of eurocup so that was not really
an issue. When we came back from town it stopped raining and the
clouds broke so we sat under a night sky above
te lights of Liberec next to our tents. There was and
even short fireworks and we toosted towards next day and on the
end of the IKSA season.
On sunny Sunday morning I gathered the IKSA flags. The inline organisers
offered us drinks. Great people. Before we left for the Jested,
the climb to the top.
Arriving on the parking at the foot of the mountain it was very
nice weather, lot's of footbikers in good mood for the 6 km climb
to Ješted top. I took our car up so the IKSA flags and end prices
were at the top, but it was kind of a challenge to get there I can
tell you. Roads were in the first kilometers wide, but as I came
to top it was pretty small in the last km and cars could not pass
eachother. On arrival the top was totaly in the clouds and 13C.
A real change from the situation 7 km downhill were it was nice
and sunny. So it looked like a climb to hell.
First inline skaters came over finish line (not so many took part),
and they did a shorter track I believe just a few km. And then suddenly
between al the skaters the first footbiker appared: Ladislav came
as winner first at the top of the mountain and he was totaly exhausted.
Everyone who finished was exhausted. Suprisingly second was new
15 seconds!!! behind Ladislav. And about a minute later 2010 overall
eurocup winner Ricard Jisl arrived. It is good to see new names
in our sport in top ....like Barák.
The first woman on the top was Michaela
Rosanne Reijne, and third Pavlína Soukupová. It was a tuff challenge
for all. And a nice change to see some else win in the women's field.
That is motivating for all.
Inside in the tower (which looks a bit like sience fiction decor
from the seventies) were food and drinks present and some warmer
temperatures. And once the clouds flew by us we could see far over
the Czech lands and even see in to Germany. The price ceremony was
held on top of the mountain with view over the surrounding lands.
...a very beautifull scenery.
Once the race price ceremony was done we had the overall IKSA eurocup
competition ceremony and also the Czechs held their national competition
ceremony, so lots of prices there to give.
Finally it was time for us to pack the car and leave for home, with
8 people in 1 car allways a puzzle. We did drive back on Sunday
evening via Dresden to Magdenburg and stayed on a camping next to
a lake. Next day we visited the Magdenburger dom (to sniff some
culture) and had a drink in the Green
before driving back to the lowlands.
Great weekend, thanks to all for competing.
Here some photos:
LIberec (Vesec and Jested)
LIberec (Vesec and Jested) (by NAF)
LIberec (Vesec and Jested) (by AFTS)
LIberec (Vesec and Jested) (by Ultimklap)
LIberec- Vesec (day 1 by organisation)
LIberec- Jested (day 2 by organisation)
click at button results > 2011)