World Masters 2008 Dolni Morava
Held in the far corner of the Czech Republic near the Polish border
which perhaps explains the relatively low UK turn out. For me, car
from Italy to my daughter in Bavaria then train to Munich, overnight
bus to Prague then another 4 hour bus to Kraleky and finally a hired
mountain bike due to the sparse local buses to the course. For Keith
a 200km tandem ride from Prague!
The course of 9.9Km had 700m total climb and 100m descent in bits
and pieces with only two shortish steep parts. Three Germans and
the Czech winner went off like greyhounds over the first kms of
meadows ,roasting hot, but managed to pass the remaining German
in the last Km to finish 2nd over 70.
Alex Menarry was 1st over 75 and Keith Burns, recovering remarkably
fast, 14th in the over 65s.
Iscarex Grand Prix
Held the next day on a real mountain course, 13
Km and 963 m climb to finish in the mists on the Polish border.
Having travelled so
far it was worth the extra 5 Eu to have a go . Sponsored to over £3,000
by Iscarex a machine tool company and several others including Holba
beer!.Much cooler but still a fast first few Km over the same meadows.The
last few a long climb on rocky tracks where I passed Jiri Libri
yesterday’s gold for 1st over 70, breaking his over 70 record
in1hr 24 .
Stuart Symington,Keith’s friend from Dunbar, was 7th in the
over 50’s in1;14. Keith
1:35 and Alex 1:51 but no over 75 category this time. A long cold
jog down to the buses with blaeberries for refreshment the hills
here and yesterday
An evening street race,8km around the local town. 40th of 160 of
all ages! and the prize for the oldest.The usual extensive range
of sustenance after races in Italy with the addition of seasonal
hot chestnuts ( Castagne ).
Something different next day, a continuous climb of 2000m over 12
Km to finish at the top of Paganella overlooking Trento and the
Brenta Dolomites. Snow lying above 1400 m whereas in 2006 it was
stifling hot. Again battling with stick people on the steep narrow
first 1000m but gained more places later on the snow despite not
having sticks.Finished in1hr 52mins. Only 2 mins slower than last
time so the lower temperatures perhaps compensated for the slithering
in the snow. 74th of 180 finishers and 1st over 60. Great 2nd
breakfast at the top after four restoros with hot tea on the climb!.Fabulous
views of the Brenta then a long jog down the ski slopes to a sit