Champions Tour – Autumn

Czech mountainbiking

28th September – 6th October 2018

Destination: Czech Republic

Itinerary

28th September
Transfer to Nové Město Na Moravě, warm up day, setting of the bikes, setting of the bikes, easy ride on Cycle Arena Vysocina trails in Nove Mesto na Morave

29th September
Biking on World Championships and World Cup Track in Nove Mesto n. M

30th September
Transfer to Singletrails Moravský Kras, afternoon biking on trails

1st October
Singletrails Moravský Kras

2nd October
Transfer to Vsetínsko, Vsetínsko trails, Night Ride

3rd October
Bike Resort Valašsko and Bike Park Kyčerka, wellness, spa, suana

4th October
Transfer to Rychlebské Trails, biking Rychlebské Trails

5th October
Rychlebské Trails and Lipovské Trails

6th October
Transfer to Prague

Notice
Program of your Tour is depending on many factors – natural, human, technical and very often unexpected. We promise we will do our best not to change the plan. However, there might be a situation which makes us to do some adjustments. We will keep you updated!

Transportation

Transportation between the spots takes up to 4 hours, but usually less.

Level of Difficulty

The Champions Tour offers as wide range of difficulty as is possible, with many options possible to choose on right place in right time.

“Trail difficulty is increasing proportionately to speed and increasing exhaustion.” This is the methodology according to which most of the Czech trails are built. And this the reason why any biker can enjoy it! Extreme sections are always announced upfront, if needed an alternative way is offered.

Every biker should be able to ride his/her bike several hours a day, several days in a row and feel safely on mountain bike.

If you want to skip any part of the Tour for any reason, we will offer you an individual program or you can you can choose our Taylor Made Tour. Ideal participant? MTB enthusiast, who wants to get as much as it gets in 9 days.

CYCLE ARENA VYSOČINA

The Vysočina Cycle Arena is located in the heart of the Vysočina Region, next to Nové Město in Moravia. The trails are part of a large area and complex, which is famous for the World Biathlon races as well as MTB XC. In 2016, the world championship was held here. Thanks to the perfect conditions and great racing track, the World Cup here has been repeatedly selected as the best race of the season, which is a great honor for the organizers.

The whole Cycle Arena was able to use the racing scene very well and already from its very beginning it has built a very good and strong reputation not only in our country but also in the world. The thinkers and people involved in the implementation of the Arena are members of the SP  Mountain Bike Organizing Committee. The trails were designed to create a quality area that is  accessible to all performance groups. There are technically easy, fun and safe trails for children, nature trails for disabled cyclists, whether on a wheelchair or a handbike. At the same time, you can find really challenging trails for experienced bikers, which are based on the current trends in the construction of tracks in the World Cup of Mountain Bikes.  Here you can try places where Jaroslav Kulhavý (Winner London Olympics in MTB) and Nino Schurter (Olympic winner from Rio de Janeiro) rode next to each other.

In the Cycling Arena of Vysočina, you can especially ride on a hardtail bike or suspension bikes  with smaller travel. For adrenaline enthusiasts on enduro or even downhill bikes this location does not offer much, (with these bikes you really do not need to visit here at all), this location does not offer much for them, but if you prefer a place for cool easy riding, you will feel comfortable here. The area is further developed by MTB and road circuits that can lead to distant locations and shows the beauty of the Vysočina region.

Trails

Warm-Up Trail – 9 km, easy; this track will easily get you warmed-up before more riding in the area. It does not have any steep climbs or descents. It is also suitable for families with children.

Hors Class Trail 1 – 7 km, a medium difficult trail with more technical sections (you can aways go around the toughest obstacles).

Hors Class Trail 2 – 4 km, a medium difficult loop with similar traits to Hors Class Trail 1

World Cup Trail – 3 km, a difficult track that contains sections of the MTB XCO World Cup. Stony passages, closed bends, and swift alternations of descent and climb all await you here. Bikers can try out the places where the world's best XC riders compete.

Handy Trail – 3 km, a very easy trail designed for families with children. Thanks to its width (up to two meters) and easy level, this loop is suitable even for handicapped athletes who want to try a ride in the woods on a handbike or wheelchair.

Bejby Trail – 1 km, made for the smallest of cyclists. Everything is placed in a small and well-arranged space where kids can enjoy plenty of fun on a safe course full of turns and bends, all the while slowly learning new skills on a bike.

SINGLETRAIL MORASKÝ KRAS

The Singletrail Center in the Moravian City of Jedovnice has had its first ever season, beginning operation in 2016. With three routes (two easy-medium and one harder) and one climbing trail, other plans for growth are in the works. The location is well-known, among other things, because of the annual Velo Test Fest, during which one can test at will up to 400 different types of bikes in one day. The complex is situated near Brno (a trail connection with it is also planned), where there is a  camp and full facilities near Olšovec Pond. There are for now almost thirty kilometers of artificially built trails with a small elevation rise, but they are really fun. The difficulty here is determined by  the speed - everything could be ridden slowly by a child, whereas the quick and skilled cyclist will also get a nice jump. The surface of the trails is smooth, so it is not a problem to enjoy them on a hardtail bike. Enjoyment is also found in the adjacent surroundings, the hills covered by trails, plus the beautiful nature. For example, you can connect to the cycle path Heart of South Moravia (Srdcem Jižní Moravy). Enough fun here for the whole weekend.

Trails

Circuit 1 – 10.5 km; You get elevation here immediately on a three-fold climb, however the reward  is sweet in the form of a downhill with jumps and banked turns. The trail is not really demanding, children can handle it.

Circuit 2 – 11.5 km; 9 km runs along trails, the rest on hardpacked roads.  Lovers of speed will appreciate this circuit, with its jumps and turns. Good even for  beginners or children.

Circuit 3 – 6,5 km; the shortest circuit, but it will take you to the highest point of the trails, followed by turns and jumps, the difficulty is higher here, but everyone can finds their own way, it all depends on speed and experience.

BIKE RESORT VALAŠSKO

Bike Resort Valašsko offers great conditions for biking in beautiful countryside. It is not just a small closed site, but a complex of trails that will take you through the various nooks and crannys of the Beskydy Mountains. Bike Resort Valašsko includes Bike Park Kyčerka, Bike Arena Vsetín and Bike Trails Valašsko. In addition, there are countless other routes and cycle paths connecting these smaller sites.

Kyčerka Bike Park has an anchor lift and offers a varied range of tracks not only for XC / Enduro riders but also for freeride and downhill enthusiasts. It is situated in the beautiful Beskydy Mountains, in a well-known tourist area - in the village of Velké Karlovice, just a short distance away from the main road between Vsetín-Makov. The site is located on the southern slope in the valley of Pluskovec (700m above sea level).

Bike Trails Valašsko is the second biker trail of the project in the Valašsko Bike Resort. It is located in three localities: in Pluskovci, in Léskový in Velké Karlovice and in Zděchov. There is a trail built in each of these locations that can really spice-up the ride. At Kykerka Bike Park there is about a 3 km long flow trail, which is actually its natural part. Along with other tracks you can ride on nearly 14 kilometers of trails here.

Bike Arena Vsetín represents a site with artificially built trails in sight of Vsetín, more precisely at the local part of Semetín. You will find 15 kilometers of cool trails that flow smoothly down the hills. The ride is enriched with many bumps, banked turns, smaller waves and other fun obstacles.

There are plenty of trails at the Valašsko Bike Resort, with a total length of 348 km! A large majority runs along forest or hiking trails or takes you along the cycle paths. Everything is marked and mapped on www.trails.cz.

Bike Park Kyčerka Trails

Scramble Trail – 980 m, black marked trail of medium difficulty with jumps and turns.

Playfull Trail – 1.2 km, red marked trail with wooden and dirt jumps, banked turns and forest passages.

University Trail – 1.3 km; the blue markings mean that beginners and advanced riders who like fast rides will enjoy riding through meadows, turns and dirt stairs. Everything ends with a long wooden footbridge.

Stoupací (Climbing) Trail – 1,6 km; it is located in the immediate vicinity of the complex, thanks to this you can reach the top of  the hill on your own power.

Baďurka – the first third of this easier trail gradually fades into a slightly more severe medium difficult level.  You can constantly ride on a paved surface with several banked turns, bumps and other obstacles that make the ride more difficult. The trail uses existing natural obstructions and feels very natural.

Rychlebske Trails

Rychlebské Trails are one of our oldest and largest trail locations, and coupled with its atmosphere and quality, they are one of the most visited trail systems in the Czech Republic. The base is located in the village of  Black Water (Černá Voda), less than half an hour's drive from the town of Jeseník. The idea to create a mountain bike trail was born in 2008, when the first official work on the trail  also took place. Tracks first originated on old hunting trails, and the first routes were opened at the beginning of September 2009.  All tracks form closed circuits that visitors take along the hills. Each trail varies in how it is technically demanding, each has a different concept and contains different elements and obstacles. The first tracks of the Rychlebské Trails were of a more technical nature, now there is also easier riding, with smoother and simpler trail options, so everyone really enjoys riding here.

Used most is the hill called Sokolí vrch (Falcon Peak), where you can find the most famous and popular Czech trail Superflow, which was built in cooperation with Welsh traildesigner Rowan Sorrell. In addition, here you will find most of the tracks of the Rychlebské Trails. The exception is only those along the Černý potok (Black Creek), namely Vidnavsky Circuit and Forest Trail (Lesy) ČR, both are easy and point towards the other side of the RS Base. They will take you down at a nice pace to the next villages of Vidnava or Velké Kraše. There you will also find the Dirtpark Garden with a pumptrack. You can train at Vidnava at a forest spot called Na psích uličkách (Dog Aisles), where trailbuilder Mirek Kopecký has created a great jumping ramp from a superb double.

Thanks to the vastness of the entire Rychlebské Trails, there is no problem to spend more days here  and enjoy biking in the beautiful countryside. The location also offers a lot of unmarked routes, which the local people like to show every participant of the regular monthly trailwork. Riding at this place is a real experience and every good biker should get out here. The professional bicycle magazine Velo mentions the Rychlebské Trails as the best area of its kind in the Czech Republic.

Trail by Dr. Wiessner – This is the only artificially built climbing trail that will lead you to the tracks under Sokolim (Falcon) Peak and to Superflow.

Traily pod Sokolím vrchem (Trails under Sokolim (Falcon) Peak) – they copy several parts of original hunting trails and are characterized by large stones. Regarding technical and physical difficulty, they are slower trails. A great advantage in this area is the accessibility of forest paths that connect these trails in a variety of ways. Depending on the route selected, you can reach an altitude of up to 470 meters.

Wales – the highest trail and one of the most demanding of what RS offers. Riding difficult technical passages, however, creates a great feeling, which is associated with a reward in the form of a magnificent view of the Rychlebské Mountains and the Polish Lowlands.

Velryba (Whale) – this trail is characterized by the most rideableboulders on Rychlebské trails.

Biskupský (Episcopal), Tajemný (Mysterious), Prokletý (Cursed) and Mramorový (Marble) – stones, footpaths, catwalks, shallow streams, everything is waiting for you in these beautiful local forests. The beautiful nature adds a unique atmosphere to the Rychlebské Trails.

Sjezdy (Downhill) – here you will find banked turns, boulders and other rough spots that represent the playful and rugged ending of the "old" trails beneath the Sokolim (Falcon) Peak.

Trail podél Černého potoka (Trail along Černý potok (Black Creek) – this trail copies the Creek up to the parking lot at the swimming pool in Velké Kraše (near Vidnava). Here is easier terrain with plenty of beautiful places and views, ideal for beginners, families or bikers on hardtails. The elevation gain is only about 80  meters with a length of 16 km.

Vidnavský Circuit – after a short crossing from Černý potok (Black Creek), you will reach the six-kilometer circuit near Vidnava. This is a light flow trail for everybody, including families.

Trail Lesů ČR (Forest Trail) ČR – the easiest trail of Rychlebské Trails will take you from Vidnava and Velké Kraše from Dirtpark Zahrádka back to Černá Voda (Black Water). It offers beautiful views and cool terrain.

Superflow trail – perhaps the greatest attraction of the Rychlebské Trails was built with the help of Welsh Rowan Sorrella of the company Back on Track, the builder of the best trails in England in recent years. Superflow is full of banked turns and waves that you can ride or jump depending on your experience and speed. The surface is not so broken up, it is technically less demanding and the ride is faster and smoother. It measures 11 km long, it isan almost endless downhill ride. Including the climbing it will take you about two hours.

Pumptrack + skill center – right at the Bike Center, here you have the unique opportunity to try out the various obstacles you can find on the trails and improve your skills. There are smaller and bigger jumps, banked turns, wooden catwalks or a technical rocky section.

Lipovske Trails

The Lipovske Trails are located near the town of Lipová-lázně near Jeseník, their center was built in the vicinity of Hotel Helios, from which they begin. The reputable builders of the Rychlebské Trails are behind the construction of them, they care about the Lipovské Trails, which guarantees their quality. The area is definitely not a technically or physically demanding, you ride along about a meter wide footpath, so there is no need for suspension. The location is especially suitable for beginners, families with children, not only because of little technical difficulty, but also for short lengths of the trails and their small scale. If you ride all the routes, you will travel approximately 17 km. The trails were opened in October 2015, they are one of the youngest trail centers in the Czech Republic.

One part of the trails is situated completely in the forest on an adjacent hill and offers one ascending and two descending trails. They differ primarily in shape, on one you have more banked turns, the other one is more wavy in nature with traverses. It's actually a easier version of Rychlebské Trails Superflow's fast-paced allure. The second part of the Lipovské Trails extends directly onto the open meadow above the Helios Hotel. One climbing trail will take you up to the start, then after about a hundred meters down the slope the trail splits into three downhill tracks, each with various difficulty levels.  A meter wide hard footpath is full of banked turns, bumps and various switchbacks. The simpler two "offshoots" run along the meadow and have a slightly milder slope and less bumps; otherwise the harder track goes between the trees where the terrain is more rugged. You can enjoy great banked turns and waves and jump on safe catwalks, if you like. Riding uphill at a comfortable pace takes about ten minutes,  you are back down in two or three minutes.

Due to its location, the Lipovské Trails can serve as a great additional ride or a "warming up" ride before visiting the much larger Rychlebské Trails.  In particular, the three more difficult tracks will be enjoyed by an experienced biker. The surrounding area is also great. The hotels and wellness facilities offer the possibility of family holidays, riding on the Lipovské and Rychlebské Trails, plus  excursions all around.

Modré (Blue) Trails – very easy bike trails in the meadow above Hotal Helios, with a few banked turns and bumps.

Červené (Red) Trails – more demanding than blue trails; waves within the forest containg banked turns, bumps and safe smaller jumps, wide with smooth surface.

Černý (Black) Trail – is particularly demanding because of the greater descent, which makes it possible to ride faster; it contains bigger bumps, high banked turns and jumps, all  can be also ridden safely at a slower speed.

Výjezdové (Climbing) Trails – You can reach the hill with an easy trail planned in a way that even the ride uphill is fun.

Pumptrack – for beginners, a smaller pumptrack was built in the lower part of the complex, which is the ideal place for practicing the right rolling on the bumps and taking banked turns.